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At its meeting Tuesday, the Starkville Board of Aldermen approved revisions to the cityâ€™s drug and alcohol personnel policy.
Starkville Personnel Officer Randy Boyd said he has spent the last year reviewing policies from other municipalities and organizations to revise the policy. He said he wants to keep Starkvilleâ€™s work force drug-free to make services to citizens safe and reliable.
The previous version of the policy limited neutral selection testing to safety-sensitive positions, such as firefighters, law enforcers, medical technicians and city machinery operators. Neutral selection is a random testing policy which not only ensures random selection, but also prevents the employer from waiving the selection.
The driver who hit a local cyclist last May, causing a number of broken bones and a brain injury, is appealing her guilty verdict and $50 fine.
Robbie Norton was found guilty of simple assault with a deadly weapon by the Clay County Justice Court in November for her role in the May 22, 2011 accident that left cyclist Jan Morgan critically injured.
Morgan and her friend Kim Richardson were on a training ride that morning when Nortonâ€™s car struck Morganâ€™s bicycle from behind, sending her flying. Morganâ€™s body landed on the hood of the car and slid to the ground, landing near the passenger-side tire.
Witnesses testified Norton was panicking when she got back into her car and in an attempt to move the car out of the way, ran Morgan over and stopped with the wheel still on Morganâ€™s head.
A Starkville police officer was involved in an automobile accident today at 12:30 p.m. during what was believed to be a traffic stop on Garrard Road.
Officer Derek Nelson was transported to Oktibbeha County Hospital for observation after his vehicle hit a telephone pole and ran off an embankment causing the vehicle to roll over and flip.
Starkville Police Chief David Lindley confirmed Nelson suffered a concussion but no other serious injuries, and a neurologist will soon be monitoring him.
"It couldn't have been a worse place for him to run off the road. He hit a telephone and flipped over the shoulder of the road," Lindley said. "It looks like he is going to be OK, and that's the main concern. There was some discussion that he would either be transported to Jackson or Tupelo; they're doing that as a precaution."
By NATHAN GREGORY
The city of Starkville has received five requests for qualification submissions from firms interested in assisting with the process of redistricting.
By ANGIE CARNATHAN
Starkville is getting a rare opportunity tonight for film, dance, theatre and music fans.
By COLLEEN MCCARTHY