News Briefs April 28, 2009

LEE COUNTY
Group to host meeting on need for public transit
– TUPELO – An open meeting is planned for Wednesday to discuss the need for a public transit system in Tupelo and the surrounding area.
The meeting will be at the Lee County Library auditorium from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The event will focus on the special transportation needs of senior citizens and residents with disabilities.
Several mayoral and City Council candidates will be at the meeting, an organizer said.
Early-bird deadline looms for dream home tickets
– TUPELO – St. Jude Dream Home ticketbuyers have until Friday to qualify for the early bird prize of a diamond pendant from Tupelo Diamond Brokers.
Each $100 ticket buys a chance to win the $402,000 home in the Fairpark District in downtown Tupelo.
The winners of the house and the diamond pendant will be announced June 28.
St. Jude is capping ticket sales for the Tupelo home at 7,500. As of Monday, about 1,200 have been sold.
Tickets are available by calling 1-800-456-8351 or visiting www.stjudedreamhome.org. Tickets also may be reserved at Regions Bank branches, Hancock Fabrics retail store, Room to Room Furniture, Southern Traditions in New Albany and the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association.
The home will open for free tours on May 9.
Washington County
Environmental fine paid by Platte Chemical Co.
– GREENVILLE – Platte Chemical Co. in Greenville says it has paid a fine for environmental violations for hazardous waste disposal and submitted a plan to make sure the problems do not occur again.
The Mississippi Commission on Environmental Quality met last week in Jackson and levied fines against Platte.
Plant manager Leon Lohman said the company has paid $95,000 of the $250,000 in fines.
MDEQ ordered Platte to pay $95,000 to the B.F. Smith Foundation, a Stoneville-based consulting service.
Lohman said the company did not dispute the claims made by environmental quality officials following a series of inspections of the plant, beginning on Sept. 4.
Platte produces fertilizers, insecticides, pesticides, herbicides and plant nutrients.

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