New supervisors means change for Alcorn

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

CORINTH – Three new members on the Alcorn County Board of Supervisors made their presence felt immediately on Monday, using their majority to make several changes.
District 1 Supervisor Lowell Hinton was elected board president and District 3 Supervisor Tim Mitchell was elected vice president with the support of District 2 Supervisor Dal Nelms.
The three, all first-term office holders, prevailed over former board president and District 4 Supervisor Gary Ross and District 5 Supervisor Jimmy Tate Waldon, who voted for Gary Ross to serve again as president.
In split votes of 3-2, the board also appointed William “Bill” Davis as board attorney, replacing Robert Krohn, and Cook Coggin as county engineers, replacing Ricky Newcomb.
Other Alcorn County officials who were appointed or reappointed on Monday include:
* Tyler Moss was appointed public defender, replacing Nicholas Bain, who resigned after being elected state representative.
* Jeremy Blaylock was reappointed public defender.
* Ricky Gibens was reappointed county emergency management coordinator.
* Paul Rhodes was reappointed purchasing clerk.
* Carolyn James was reappointed receiving clerk.
* Chancery Clerk Bobby Marolt was reappointed county administrator and inventory control clerk.
* Individuals who previously served as assistant receiving clerks for Districts 1, 3, 4 and 5 were reappointed, and the District 2 clerk will be named by the Jan. 17 board meeting.
The board also tabled a request from Tax Collector Larry Ross to extend former Tax Collector Greg Younger’s tenure with his office for another three months as a deputy tax collector.
Larry Ross asked for a $13,720 increase in his budget to pay for Younger’s continuing assistance with helping Ross adjust to the duties of his office, and also with countywide computer support.
Younger chose not to seek re-election as tax collector after serving six terms.
lena.mitchell@journalinc.com