Prentiss County supervisors are moving forward with the replacement of the phone system at the county justice center.

The board voted last Wednesday to seek an additional quote to replace the entire phone system serving the sheriff’s department, justice court and the non-emergency line for the E-911 office. They already have one quote in hand.

Chancery Clerk David “Bubba” Pounds explained the current system has been in need of replacement for several years and it’s come to the point that replacement parts are simply unavailable due to the age of the system and the fact it’s no longer manufactured or supported by the manufacturer.

The board also heard last Wednesday from Sonya Sanderson with the Mississippi Tobacco Free Coalition of Prentiss and Tishomingo Counties.

Sanderson said she is working to visit the boards and officials in both counties to update them on the activities her organization is doing to encourage people, and especially young people, to stay away from the potentially harmful effects of smoking and vaping.

She said she’s been working closely with all schools in the area to share information with teachers and speak to students whenever possible about the growing threat of vaping among students. She said many of the products being used are homemade and unregulated and can cause serious health problems due to the extreme dosages of nicotine as well as other substances and chemicals used in the products.

She said parents and all those working with young people need to be very aware of the problem and keep a close eye on what their children are involved with.

Any organization that would like her to speak about the issue can contact her at 662-593-5002 as well as anyone seeking more information as a parent or educator.

Banner Independent Editor

Managing editor of the Daily Corinthian’s sister newspaper, Booneville’s Banner-Independent, Brant Sappington has been a member of the Daily Corinthian family since 2001.

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