Sullivan, Hennis take Oaths of Office

A large crowd gathered at the Smith County Courthouse in Raleigh on Friday, March 5, 2021, for the swearing-in of Matt Sullivan as Circuit Court Judge for the 13th District and Chris Hennis as the District Attorney for the 13th District.

Governor Tate Reeves announced Thursday, March 4, that he had appointed Sullivan to the court.  Sullivan will be filling the vacancy created by the death of Circuit Judge Eddie Bowen, who died form COVID-19 complications in February.

Judge Michael Randolph, Chief Justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court, administered the oaths of office to both Sullivan and Hennis.

Governor Tate Reeves spoke at the occasion honoring both men for their service to the people of Mississippi.

Sullivan has served as the 13th Circuit Court District Attorney since 2016.  Hennis has been serving as the Assistant District Attorney for the 13th Circuit Court District.

Sullivan is excited to accept this new challenge.  “I welcome this new opportunity to serve the people of the 13th District in a different capacity,” said Sullivan.

The 13th District covers Covington, Jasper, Simpson, and Smith Counties.

Hamilton named administrator at Landmark of Collins

Landmark of Collins has named Bobby Hamilton as the new Administrator.  Before being named Administrator in November 2020, he served as the Director of Psychology at Millcreek Rehabilitation Center in Magee.  He has over 20 years of experience in the Mental Health and Developmentally Disabled population.  Mr. Hamilton received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and his Masters of Business Administration and Masters of Science Degree in Psychology from William Carey University.  Mr. Hamilton also serves as the Senior Pastor of Pillars of Truth Church in Mendenhall.  He resides in Magee with his wife, Karen, and their son, Colby.

Upcoming Collins Municipal Election

The Primary Elections will be held on Tuesday, April 6, and primary runoff elections will take place Tuesday, April 27. The General Election is set to be held on Tuesday, June 8.
Voters who want to participate in the upcoming municipal election must be registered to vote in the city at least 30 days prior to Election Day. Monday, March 8, is the deadline to register before the Primary Election and Monday, May 10, is the deadline to register before the General Election.

Covington County Students head back to class

Covington County students headed back to school this week. In an effort to give everyone time to become acclimated to the changes, students returned to school with a rolling start schedule. Superintendent of Education Babette Duty and her staff have been on the school campuses this week to support the approximately 470 employees and 2700 students. (Report from The News-Commercial)

John McLaurin retires from City of Collins after 25 years

John McLaurin was recently honored upon his retirement for his twenty-five years of service to the City of Collins. He worked with the City from 1995-2020 driving the Garbage Truck.

Mayor Hope Magee Jones presented Mr. McLaurin with a key to the City and Public Director Bob Shoemake presented him with a plaque. The city would like to extend congratulations to Mr. McLaurin for a job well done.

Carrie Underwood honored with Retirement Reception July 23

Carrie Massengale Underwood was given a Retirement Reception on Thursday, July 23, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. in the Collins Civic Center in Collins. Mrs. Underwood retired as the Deputy City Clerk for the City of Collins after eleven years of dedicated service to the City.

Pictured above are (from left), former Mayor V. O. Smith, Carrie Underwood, and current Mayor Hope Magee Jones.

During the time of presentation and recognition, comments were given by Mayor Hope Magee Jones, former Mayor V. O. Smith, City Clerk Suzette Davis, Assistant Parks and Recreation Director Jerry Williamson, City of Collins Fire Chief John B. Pope III, and Mississippi Municipal Clerks Association President JoAnn Robinson.

Mrs. Underwood was presented a key to the City by Mayor Jones. Among the other gifts she received was a collage blanket that had pictures from her years of service with the city. This was presented to her from City Clerk Suzette Davis and the City Hall Office Team.

Music for the evening was presented by John Douglas, Stacy Blackwell, and Ken Craft.