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USDA expands drought disaster aid area in Mississippi counties

The USDA has expanded the number of Mississippi counties eligible for drought disaster aid.

The USDA has named 19 counties as primary disaster areas, and 27 as contiguous. Two counties that were not  the previous list are adjacent to drought disaster areas in Louisiana and have been added for a total of 48 eligible counties in Mississippi.

U.S. Court of Appeals Delays WOTUS Rule Nationwide

By Julie Ufner, Associate Legislative Director, NACo - Environment, Energy & Land Use - 

On October 9, the 6th Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals issued an order to temporarily delay the “Waters of the U.S.” rule (also known as WOTUS) nationwide.  The order was in response to challenges brought by 18 states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin).

Mid-Winter Legislative Conference January 5, 6,& 7 2016

 Hilton Jackson, 1001 E. County Line Rd., Jackson, MS 39211

Agenda items will include:

County, city, and state leaders, held a press conference at the Mississippi Association of Supervisors building in Jackson to protest the decision of the Mississippi Department of Corrections to close  Joint State/County Work Programs (JSCWP) which are located in 30 counties

throughout the state. The Mississippi  Association of Supervisors (MAS)  was represented by Joe Andy Helton, MAS President and Leake County Supervisor, and Derrick Surrette, MAS Executive Director. Speaking on behalf of the Mississippi Municipal League (MML)  was Mayor Jimmy Wallace of Carthage.

Sheriff Harold Jones, Covington County Sheriff and Sheriff's Association President,  has received a letter from Marshall Fisher, DOC Commissioner, outlining the closure of Joint State County Work Programs ("JSCWP"). The body of the letter is copied below. (A PDF of the letter may be downloaded here.)

April 30, 2015

Recipients of the Mississippi Association of Supervisors Community College Scholarships have been announced. A list of recipients, organized by county, can be found here.

The Senate passed the Medicare Reimbursement – CHIPs bill (HR2) which includes two years of SRS at 5% ramp down per year.  It includes a provision that payments must be made this year within 45 days of the passage and signing of the bill.  We join with our friends at NACo in thanking congress for passage this bill.

Paul J Pearce
National Forest Counties and Schools Coalition

County saves again with state insurance plan


Madison County Journal



Madison County's participation in a property and casualty insurance pool continues to save taxpayers money, officials say.