County supervisors are mulling a long list of board and commission appointments, including hospital and tourism board seats.

The Alcorn County Board of Supervisors took them all under advisement at this past week’s meeting and will likely act on them at the next meeting of the board.

Two joint appointments with the city are due for the tourism board – the seats currently held by Ricky James, a hotel representative, and Russell Smith, a restaurant representative.

Others seats to be filled are:

n Magnolia Regional Health Center Board of Trustees seat currently held by Lex Mitchell

n Crossroads Arena Board of Directors seat currently held by Phyllis Keith Young and expired in August

n Region IV Mental Health seat currently held by Sherry Dalton and expired in March

n Jacinto Foundation seat currently held by Robert Stacey and expired in April

n Alcorn County Human Resource Agency seat currently held by J.C. Hill and expired in September

n TAP Alliance seats held by Tim Mitchell and Lowell Hinton and expired in February

n Hatchie Drainage Commission seat currently held by Ronnie Hall and expired in March

In other business:

Magnolia Regional Health Center presented its budget to the county supervisors as well as the city board in meetings on Monday and Tuesday.

CFO Marc Nakagawa said the challenges of COVID are unlike anything he has faced in 17 years, and some difficult adjustments had to be made. The hospital lost close to $4.5 million in March and April, but he is upbeat about the hospital’s position.

“I’m pretty proud to recognize that we brought $6 million positive to the bottom line,” said Nakagawa. “That is without any federal assistance. That’s not counting any of the money that kind of fell from the sky – none of the Medicare advance payments, none of that is included. This is operating results.”

While the hospital looks for an uptick in outpatient services in the coming year as people get more comfortable returning to the hospital, the budget takes a conservative approach to revenue streams.

The board approved Veterans Service Officer Deanna Carter’s request to place a granite bench honoring the five military branches on the grounds of the courthouse.

Supervisors approved election expenditures including handheld sanitizing machines and disinfectants and work at 16 of the 17 county precincts for accessibility upgrades. Both are covered by grant funding.

With funds available for COVID expenses, the regional correctional facility will add UV lighting at the entrance and an electrostatic sprayer for disinfectant.

Staff Writer

Jebb Johnston is a 1991 Alcorn Central High School graduate and a 1995 Ole Miss journalism graduate. His primary beats are city and county government.

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