County supervisors were glad to gather around the table Monday morning and get back to the business of local government.
It was better than the alternative the board members have recently faced – being confined with COVID-19 illness.
Monday’s session was the first meeting of the Board of Supervisors in a month. With much of the board dealing with COVID, the mid-January meeting did not have a quorum present to conduct business.
Board President Lowell Hinton had a rough case of it a couple of months ago, and others have dealt with the coronavirus more recently.
COVID touched the business at hand, as well. The board opened the meeting with a moment of silence in recognition of the numerous local residents who have been lost to COVID, such as attorney Jimmy Fisher. The agenda included the appointment of attorney Rebecca Phipps to replace Fisher in the role of Alcorn County Youth Court referee.
Coronavirus was a topic of conversation before and after the meeting, as well, with people comparing experiences of whether they lost their sense of taste and how bad the symptoms were, and how long to wait after having COVID before getting the vaccination.
A bit of applause broke out upon the entry of Jimmy Tate Waldon, the Fifth District supervisor, who is recently out of the hospital.
“It’s been an ordeal,” he said. “I appreciate the prayers.”
Hinton had a tough battle with COVID earlier than the other board members, and his wife had it, as well.
Fourth District Supervisor Steve Glidewell said his round with the illness included fever, a bad cough and no energy.
Chancery Clerk Greg Younger had COVID-19 in January, as did some of the district’s chancery judges.
Sheriff Ben Caldwell said the regional correctional facility continues to be fortunate with no cases confirmed to date among the inmate population, which currently numbers about 280.