- Associated Press - Saturday, October 25, 2014

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - Family medicine physician Dr. Crystal “Chris” Tate of Ecru is the new district health officer for 11 Northeast Mississippi counties.

Tate, who joined the Mississippi Department of Health in 2011, was officially appointed district health officer serving Alcorn, Benton, Itawamba, Lafayette, Lee, Marshall, Pontotoc, Prentiss, Tippah, Tishomingo and Union counties in October.

The Northeast Mississippi Daly Journal reports (http://bit.ly/12rtix0 ) Tate was serving as acting district health officer since January, succeeding Dr. Roma Taylor, who retired from the health department.

Tate graduated from the University of Mississippi with a degree in mathematics in 1988 and the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in 1992. She also completed her family medicine residency in Jackson. She was part of the original faculty for the North Mississippi Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Center.

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Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, http://djournal.com

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