State Health Officer

Thompson to retire

JACKSON - State Health Officer Ed Thompson said Wednesday that he will retire at the end of 2002.

The second-term executive director of the Mississippi State Department of Health reaffirmed his decision - communicated in a March 2001 letter to Allen Gersh, the board of health's chairman.

"I make the public announcement today, this far in advance, to assure continuity of leadership and service through public health," Thompson said in a statement. "With this much advance notice, the Board will have plenty of time to select Mississippi's next public health executive."

Gersh said he will name a search committee - including Thompson - to find a successor to provide that continuity.

Thompson's retirement is effective Dec. 31, 2002.

Earlier Wednesday Thompson, during a monthly meeting of the state Board of Health, said that Mississippi is better prepared than many other states to handle possible bioterrorism attacks.

tishomingo county

Cruises added

for fall foliage tour

IUKA - Because of an overwhelming response, the Tishomingo County Tourism Council is adding another fall foliage cruise on Nov. 8.

"We have a waiting list and people are continuing to call to book tours," said. Theresa Cutshall, administrative assistant at the Tishomingo County Development Foundation, which is helping coordinate the cruises.

So the captain of Grampa Woo III has agreed to come a day early and add a cruise from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Cutshall said.

A maximum of 120 seats are available for this cruise, Cutshall said.

The Grampa Woo III is a 115-foot long charter boat, based in Beaver Bay, Minn. It regularly sails from the waters of the Gulf of Mexico to the waters of the Canadian Great Lakes.

The cruise will provide a view of fall colors along the banks of Pickwick Lake and the Tennessee River in Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee, Cutshall said

To make reservations, call (800) FUN HERE or (662)


lee county

State Farm donates smoke detectors

To bring awareness to October as Fire Prevention Month, the Tupelo Fire Department will receive 100 smoke detectors and batteries courtesy of State Farm Insurance.

The fire department will give the detectors to needy residents in Tupelo. According to the National Fire Association, having a smoke alarm cuts one's chances of dying nearly in half if there's a home fire. Almost half of home fires and three-fifths of fire deaths occur in the share of homes with no alarms.

The 100 smoke detectors and batteries were presented to the department Thursday.

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