County’s election season now underway
Tunica County voters return to the polls Feb. 1 to help fill the unexpired term of the late Bill Minor of Holly Springs, Northern District Transportation Commissioner.
John Caldwell of Nesbit and Mike Tagert of Starkville were the top two finishers in the Jan. 11 special election, each garnering just over 20 percent of the vote. Warner McBride of Courtland ran third, but only the top two finishers advance to the run-off.
Long remembers the Alamo
I have stood on the street that was just a dirt lane that all the leaders of the Alamo traveled up and down every day: Lt. Colonel and Commanding Officer William Barret Travis, Colonel James Bowie, and honorary Colonel David Crockett. In fact, the hotel I’m staying in is on this path now known as Houston Street. I have to admit I’m a little confused about that because Houston was a wee bit late in showing up. But, he did have the overall picture in mind. He sacrificed the brave men at the Alamo for the bigger picture of winning Texas.
I’ll admit that I’ve always been curious about the Alamo, having grown up on Davy Crockett television shows, but when my good friend, Bard Selden, told me that I was actually kin to one of its heroes, my curiosity escalated. It seems that Mr. Cloud, who was a supervisor with my father, Paul Battle, told “Pop” how we were kin to Daniel William Cloud.
Presley: Customers should be cautious
“We in government are here to serve you,” Public Service Commissioner Presley impressed on Tunica Rotarians last week.
Presley, who represents the Northern District, including Tunica County, just completed a term as PSC chairman.
Presley highlighted two accomplishments during his term: the Ratepayers Bill of Rights which went into effect Sept. 5, 2010; and on-line, live coverage of PSC meetings.
The Ratepayers Bill of Rights bars utilities from shutting off electric or gas service to customers during extremes of heat or cold, among other provisions, Presley said, calling the measure a “grand slam” for consumers.
PSC adopts new rule on utilities legal fee
Brandon Presley recently led an effort to prohibit utility companies from being able to recoup legal fees in cases where they have been found to owe customers refunds. Currently, utilities can seek recovery from consumers of costs associated with appeals, even when a finding has been made that the utility owes money back to their customers.
“This is real simple: consumers should not have to foot the bill to sue themselves. Nothing is fair about asking the people who are owed money to pay for the other side in a court case. That would be like asking the people who win a case in court to pay for the losing side’s legal fees,” Presley said. “No utility customer should have to be paying to fight against their own wallet.”
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