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FAMILY AFFAIR! Say cheese! Say cheese! Wednesday morning for DeSoto County Schools Supt. Cory Uselton
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  • BUSINESS 3

    OPINION 4

    PUZZLES/OBITUARIES 5

    SPORTS 6

    CLASSIFIEDS 12

    A R E A D E AT H S | PAGE 5 Evelyn Broscue, 82 Willard Troy Landis, 77

    desototimestribune.com 662-429-6397 2342 Hwy, 51 North NESBIT, MS 38651

    FAMILY AFFAIR! Mealers’ summer vacation spent with basketball. P6

    Say cheese!

    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

    a.m.-7 p.m.

    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

    cast Tuesday.

    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

    percent result.

    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

    Bob Bakken|DTT

    Officials celebrate the

    start of the McIngvale

    Road realignment

    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

    constructed.

    Officials celebrate McIngvale Road improvement

    SEE SAY CHEESE, P5

    SEE RUNOFFS SET, P7

    ‘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

    DeSoto Tımes-TrıbuneDeSoto Tımes-Trıbune THURSDAY AUGUST 8, 2019 VOL 123 ISSUE 60 50 Cents

    Bob Bakken|DTT

    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

    SEE MCINGVALE ROAD IMPROVEMENT, P12

    BY BOB BAKKEN STAFF WRITER

    BY BOB BAKKEN MANAGING EDITOR

    BY BOB BAKKEN MANAGING EDITOR