First baby

First baby of 2001 born in Northeast Mississippi

By Jennifer Ginn

Daily Journal

There wasn’t any late-night partying for Deann and Kevin Richey of Saltillo, but they were still pretty tired on New Year’s Day.

The Richey’s are parents of the first baby born in 2001 at the North Mississippi Women’s Hospital. Their son, Haygen Douglas, was born at 4:35 a.m. on January 1.

“We checked in yesterday (Dec. 31) at 6:35 p.m.,” said Kevin Richey. “He got here at 4:35 a.m. (I’m) just a little bit (tired). It’s well worth it.”

Haygen is the first child for the Richey’s. He may even be said to be the first baby of the new millennium, but that depends on whom you ask.

There has been much debate during the past year on when, exactly, the new millennium begins. Huge celebrations marked the beginning of the year 2000, with many believing that it also was the beginning of the new millennium.

Other people have said that since there was no year zero, 2001 actually marks the beginning of the millennium.

Kevin and Deann Richey said they weren’t really trying for a New Year’s baby, but it’s still kind of neat that they had one anyway.

“We were shooting for it,” Kevin Richey said. “It really wasn’t that big of a deal. We thought it would be pretty cool if it did (happen). I really didn’t care as long as he got here.”

So, do Kevin and Deann Richey have the first baby of the new millennium in Northeast Mississippi? It depends on which one of them you ask.

“I feel that 2000 was the millennium,” Deann Richey said.

“I would say it’s 2001,” Kevin Richey added.