Out of 7,000 applications, only 1,000 grants were approved and Chickasaw was one of the cities awarded with $129,000. over three years which will pay for an additional policeman for our community. This was fulfilled by the COPS grant, written by Sherrie Graham. Our neighbor, Prichard received a grant for two officers, which will please them, I'm sure. In keeping with our city expansion and growth, I was given permission to order an official pair of 36" ceremonial scissors out of the Commercial/ Industrial Board budget for our future "ribbon cuttings" done at new business openings. This evening we had a council meeting which honored our promoted policemen. Mike Reynolds, our new police chief, was officially sworn-in by Judge Don Davis. Mike, then promoted several officers and his new fire captain. Their proud wives and children pinned on their new badges.