By MIKE TONOS / NEMS Daily Journal
Newcomer claims Corinth mayorship
Tommy Irwin, a retired businessman, made his entry into politics a successful one Tuesday, claiming the Corinth mayor’s seat over a four-term incumbent.
Irwin defeated Mayor Jerry Latch in Tuesday’s Democratic primary by a 2-1 margin. “It was all about jobs and infrastructure, especially the drainage system in our city,” Irwin said, “and that’s what we’ll start on right away.”
Irwin and Police Chief David Lancaster, who also easily won his primary race, face no opposition in the Oct. 12 general election.
Budget in Tupelo criticized but passes council
Tupelo’s city budget for the upcoming fiscal year was approved Tuesday, but not without three dissenters.
The City Council passed the $32.7 million budget over opposition from Markel Whittington, Mike Bryan and Jim Newell, who complained that personnel costs were too high even though the budget has no pay raises for the second straight year.
They also disapproved of the plan’s use of $1.5 million from the rainy day fund, and Bryan and Newell also complained that the budget included a salary for Deputy Police Chief Robert Hall, who does not yet have his law enforcement certification.
Postal move delayed until Jan. 1
The U.S. Postal Service jobs has delayed the deadline for the consolidation of some Tupelo functions with Memphis.
Originally set for Oct. 1, the deadline has been pushed back to Jan. 1. Postal officials gave no reason for the delay.
The consolidation, part of a nationwide move to save money, means that Tupelo’s outgoing mail-processing operations will move to Memphis. Six jobs also will be lost in the change.