CHARLESTON - Mississippi County is feeling a budget pinch in an unusual place this year: the autopsy fund.
The county has $8,000 budgeted for autopsies, with each adult autopsy costing nearly $2,000 each.
"We've had three in the last week," said Cyndi Hensley, deputy county clerk, during Thursday's regular County Commission meeting.
Hensley said autopsies were ordered for Chance Kitchen, who was shot to death May 9; Clifford E. "Cliff" Johnson, who died of injuries sustained in a car accident May 13 after receiving stab wounds; and for Carl Thurmond who died a suspicious death May 10 at Missouri Delta Medical Center's emergency room.
Thurmond had reportedly been hospitalized several weeks ago for severe grease burns and had no other known health problems.
In other Mississippi County business conducted Thursday:
* Gasoline bids keep climbing for the county with the award for June coming in at $1.659 for 87 octane fuel from Delta Growers Association, the sole bidder.
"We're going to have to look at parking something very shortly," said Presiding Commissioner Jim Blumenberg.
* Blumenberg called to confirm road oil and asphalt prices.
MC-250 oil used by the county for tack shots is up to 80 cents per gallon. "It used to be around 65," said Blumenberg.
Premixed asphalt, however, is still down around the same price as last year, Blumenberg reported, at $20.75 per ton.
Commissioners also discussed blacktopping plans for the southern half of the county.
"We'll just do it all at one time on the south end," said Blumenberg.
The county will lay blacktop for the Arden Dale Banks and Bains subdivisions for 32 cents per square foot.
The county itself has about a mile of blacktop to lay on its roads with Spanish Grant and the Levee roads having the two longest sections.
Commissioner Homer Oliver said there are several roads in the northern part of the county that "if we put oil on them, they'll be good for awhile."
* Commissioners tentatively approved a subdivision request for the David Aaron Morgan Addition on the west side of Highway 105 at Anniston.
The development consists of 40 acres and will have 30 lots of about an acre each for home construction, Lucas said: "No trailers, no modulars." One lot allows for a church to be built.
The developer is Otis Brooks of rural East Prairie. "It's (named) in memory of his grandson," said Lucas.
Commissioners agreed to sign off on the subdivision approval as soon as the paperwork is ready, but the tentative approval was sought so road access culverts could be placed.