By GALEN HOLLEY
The Grenada County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday identified a problem at the jail and heard presentations on early childhood development and emergency helicopter service.
Prisoners have been flushing mop heads, sheets and all kinds of other debris down toilets and stopping up the sewer lines, according to District Four Supervisor Darrell Robinson.
Robinson said he received a complaint from a resident who lives near the jail stating that raw sewage backed up into the house as a result of the clogged lines.
District Two Supervisor and Board President Chad Bridges said that he would call the jail administrator and discuss the situation.
Clint Townsend with Hospital Wing emergency helicopter service out of Oxford made a presentation to the board.
Wing is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that offers coverage to all of northern Mississippi, as well as western Alabama, southwestern Tennessee, northeastern Arkansas and parts of Missouri and Kentucky.
“We operate by the Golden Hour Rule,” said Townsend. “We can have a victim transported to a major trauma center within one hour of our arrival. That critical time frame makes all the difference.”
The supervisors were interested in insuring all their employees with Wing, making sure they could be carried cost free by helicopter in case of an emergency.
Townsend explained that if a person has a membership, whatever their insurance pays will be considered payment in full by Wing. If they don’t have insurance, they won’t receive a bill at all. The supervisors could cover every employee and their families for $20 per employee per year, Townsend said.
Bridges inquired about getting a membership for every person in Grenada County. Townsend couldn’t quote an exact price, but he figured it could be done for around $5 per person.
The board agreed to take Townsend’s presentation under advisement and to vote on it at a future date.
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