- Associated Press - Thursday, April 3, 2014

HERNANDO, Miss. (AP) - Following a study committee’s urging and some impassioned public appeals, Hernando aldermen have decided the city will retain ownership of problem-plagued Memorial Park cemetery while pursuing improved upkeep and oversight.

At Tuesday’s meeting, The Commercial Appeal reports (http://bit.ly/1dUdo2J ) aldermen were urged not to seek sale of Memorial Park, deeded to the city in the 1950s, but to improve operations.

Mayor Chip Johnson says that while the city will consider outsourcing cemetery management and grounds work.

On Alderman Andrew Miller’s motion, the board voted to accept the report of its cemetery committee. The panel spent weeks reviewing area cemetery operations following reports of irregularities at city-run Memorial Park, including claims of blight, misplaced bodies and exposed caskets.

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Information from: The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com

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