STRIDER — As a three-year-old kindergartner, Kelvin Newton once prowled the hallways of Strider Academy.
Now, the 24-year-old university graduate has returned to prowl the sideline as new head football coach of his beloved Strider Rams.
Tallahatchie County hopes to be able to keep state inmates housed in the Sumner Work Center even after the Joint State County Work Program ends next month.
And why not. The expense is already in place, and county taxpayers get a wealth of free labor from them.
The Tallahatchie County Board of Supervisors took no action Monday on a request from a local NAACP official seeking to have the Mississippi state flag removed from the grounds of county courthouses in Charleston and Sumner.
Even with the threatened loss of a per diem, the value of free labor performed by state inmates housed in Tallahatchie County makes them so desirable to local officials that they have decided not only to try and keep those they have, but to add more.