TUPELO – St. Jude Dream Home tickets go on sale today

Mike Tonos 3/5/09
LEE COUNTY
Tickets available
for dream home
n TUPELO – St. Jude Dream Home tickets go on sale today.
The $100 tickets buy a chance to win a $402,000 home in the Fairpark District. In addition, 14 other prizes valued at more than $1,000 will be given away. Only 7,500 tickets will be offered.
The winners will be announced June 28.
Tickets are available at Room to Room Furniture, Hancock Fabrics retail store, the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association office, Southern Traditions of New Albany and Regions Bank branches in Tupelo, New Albany and Baldwyn; also, by phone at (800) 456-8351 or online at www.stjudedreamhome.org.
Mike Tonos 3/5/09
ITAWAMBA COUNTY
Amory man killed
in Hwy. 25 accident
n FULTON – A one-vehicle accident Thursday killed an Amory man.
James Rickey Murphy, 25, died of head injuries he suffered when his vehicle hit a telephone pole about 6:45 a.m., said Coroner Steven McNeece.
According to McNeece, Murphy lost control of his vehicle while traveling north on Highway 25, left the road and hit an embankment. His vehicle hit a telephone pole, which fell on another vehicle. The other driver wasn’t injured.
McNeece said Murphy was wearing his seat belt at the time of the accident.
LAFAYETTE COUNTY
Aldermen approve
agricultural zoning
n TAYLOR – Aldermen on Tuesday approved their first-ever zoning plan that leaves most of this art colony village zoned agricultural with provisions for residential and commercial development as needed.
Several factors spurred the effort, including a proposal in 2008 for a metal scrap facility near the village’s east end.
Another was the start of the densely built Plein Air neighborhood, whose plans call for a small commercial area and nearly 200 upscale homes. Plein Air was opposed by some longtime residents, but the zoning plan now encourages “traditional village development” rather than the suburban-style, car-dependent layouts common in many residential projects.
Emergency management
agreement comes to end
n OXFORD – The city of Oxford will set up its own emergency management agency after aldermen voted this week not to renew an agreement with Lafayette County.
City officials offered to keep the partnership if the city were given administrative oversight, but county officials declined.
Changes in state law prompted the city, which previously had its own agency, to combine efforts with the county in 2006. The agreement ended Dec. 31, 2008.
One point of disagreement was a unilateral move by the county to hire a deputy emergency management coordinator. That person resigned after only a few months on the job.
Daily Journal reports

Carlie Kollath