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Wednesday morning for DeSoto County
Schools Supt. Cory Uselton started early,
busy and remained that way.
As parents and students were getting
ready for the first day of school, Uselton
was spending his morning before the
crack of dawn visiting a number of the
school campuses, doing first day of school
interviews for local media and eventually
finding his way to his Central Services
office where he sat down, took a moment…
and watched video on his computer screen.
It was all done for a stated purpose how-
ever. You see, Uselton has access to cam-
eras placed at strategic locations on every
DeSoto County Schools campus, primary
school to high school.
He can monitor the progress, the move-
ment of buses, students, parents and staff,
and with a radio can direct staff to areas
that need help, including district staff.
“We have four Central Services employ-
ees that go out in the morning and in the
afternoon,” Uselton said. “Each of them
are assigned an early school zone and a late
school zone. As soon as the traffic clears
out in the early zone they head to their
next area. That way we’ve got a district-lev-
el person at each of the zones in case there
are issues that arise where I need to send
somebody to a specific spot.”
The first day of school in Mississippi’s
largest public school district Wednesday
provided special challenges with a high-
er-than-normal influx of parents, children
and vehicles crowding the school lots and
Runoffs set after primary
vote The first round of voting for
the next county and state level
political offices has been com-
pleted and Tuesday’s primary
election results ended with a
few runoff votes still ahead.
Those races will be deter-
mined on Aug. 27. Polls that
day will be open again from 7
There was a strong voter
turnout for Tuesday’s primary
vote at 24.44 percent, according
to information from Circuit
Clerk Dale Kelly Thompson’s
office in the county court-
house. The total number of
ballots cast was 26,416 with the
vast majority (22,005) being
on the Republican side. There
were 4,411 Democratic ballots
Among the contested state
legislative races in DeSoto
County Tuesday, Theresa
Gillespie Isom won the Dem-
ocratic nomination in House
District 7 with a 68 percent and
will face incumbent state Rep.
Steve Hopkins, who held off
Kimberly Remak by a 56.1-40.7
The Republican nomination
for state Senate District 1 will
be against incumbent Chris
Massey and Michael McLen-
don, a Hernando alderman.
Massey attracted 42.55 percent
of the vote to McLendon’s 28.66
percent. Murry Haslip was
third at 23.64 percent.
Cameras help ease transition back to class
Officials celebrate the
start of the McIngvale
project that will be
done concurrently with
the new McIngvale
Road interchange to
I-269 Friday morn-
ing. The realignment
project was needed for
the interchange to be
Officials celebrate McIngvale Road improvement
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‘The challenge of the first day is that nobody’s in a routine. Ev-
eryone’s got to get into a routine with parents and children that are going to a new school from
where they were last year.’
DCS Supt. Cory Uselton
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DeSoto County Schools Supt. Cory Uselton checks some of the cameras that monitor the district campuses as the first day of the new
school year began Wednesday, Aug. 7.
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The connection of the nation’s newest superhighway to Hernando has taken a giant step forward with last week’s groundbreaking for the I-269/McIn- gvale Road interchange and the cor- responding realignment of McIngvale Road planned to that interchange.
State highway and local leaders con- verged at the intersection of McIngvale and Green T roads for the ceremony held last Friday morning, an event sig-
nalling the start of construction. About $8.7 million in funding for the realign- ment is joined by about $10 million in the interchange to mean a future for Hernando that will be much different than today.
“It’s going to mean a lot of growth,” said Hernando Mayor Tom Ferguson. “It is going to be commerce and all of that. We’re going to see an exit coming off of the realignment which triggers
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