Supervisors discuss new state gun law, approve Pioneer leasing of hospital

By Amanda McBride

The Choctaw Plaindealer


The Choctaw County Board of Supervisors held their first meeting of the month on July 1.

In that meeting, Lori Kerr, tax assessor, presented the real and personal edited tax roll to the board. They recognized the roll.

The board and Kerr also discussed if and how to give economic obsolesce to the power plants in the county. They agreed to have Kerr contact an expert consultant to look at the information provided by the plants to the tax assessor to help them make a decision if asked by the power plants.

Choctaw County Sheriff Cloyd Halford requested the board to prohibit open carry of firearms in county owned buildings unless carried by an authorized law enforcement officer.

“I’m not out to infringe on anyone’s constitutional right. I’m just looking out for public safety,” said Halford.

The board asked him to bring his request in writing to the next board meeting.

The Choctaw County Board of Supervisors approved the following:


-Minutes after corrections.

-Claims docket.

-Jail inspection.

-Change monetary values of a serve and absentee tabulator in the Circuit Clerk offices by request of the Secretary of the State’s office and recommended by the county inventory clerk.

-Recognize the semi annual rendition of delinquent funds by the Justice Court clerk. As of June 27, $413,502 is owed to Choctaw County from fines.

-Recognize the partial payment semi annual report from the Justice Court Clerk. As of June 27, $164,677 is owed to the county.

-District 1 to work on the private property of Johnnie Robertson.

– To publish position open for deputy in the SO office as requested by Sheriff Halford.

June 28 meeting

In the June 28 Choctaw County Board of Supervisors meeting, the county took ownership of the new hospital and allowed Pioneer Community Hospital of Choctaw to operate business there.

“Pioneer is current with signage and everything else, “ said Chris McIntire, board president. “Come Monday (July 1) they are due again.”

The board then approved to pay Pioneer $147,000 for two quarters of indigent care that was owned to them.

The supervisors also approved the substantially complete certificate for the new hospital. This means the new hospital is owned by Choctaw County.

After that, the board immediately approved to allow Pioneer Community Hospital of Choctaw to operate business there, as pursuant to their lease.

The supervisors also approved allow Pioneer to transfer listed county equipment from the old hospital to the new hospital as requested by Pioneer.

The Board of Supervisors also approved:

-To apply for a CAP loan through MDA to purchase the fire truck for Union Fire Department, to advertise to hold a public hearing on August 5 at 10 a.m.

-To authorize a demand check on the Ackerman Forge payment to MDA.

-A utility agreement with Fentress Water Association on South Fentress Road.


-For District 5 to send a letter to Kenneth and Meredith Arnold and the Pierce Black Estate asking permission to cross their properties to fix a drainage problem.

-Appoint Barry Jo Miller as Solid Waste Law Enforcement Officer, as recommended by Sheriff Cloyd Halford.

-Accept inter-local agreement between the Choctaw County Sheriff’s Department and the Department of Interior-Natchez Trace, as recommended by Sheriff Cloyd Halford.

-Travel for Constable Chris Coleman to a constable association board meeting.