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Register to vote: It's important, SRHS folks say

Current and former employees at Singing River Health System are serious about holding public officials accountable.

They've announced a voter registration drive this Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Saint's Retreat at 8216 Ocean Springs Road in Ocean Springs.

Anyone who needs to register to vote can do so. You'll need to bring a Mississippi driver's license, and give the last four digits of your Social Security number and a working telephone number.

The folks at the Facebook page Srhs Hopes also are planning a potluck meal so current and former employees can visit during the registration drive. They hope everyone will bring a dish.

Current and former employees vested in the Singing River pension plan are waiting to see what sort of retirement they can expect now that they've learned the plan is only 48 percent funded and the health system is in financial trouble.

It seems each day brings a new revelation. Wednesday we learned the district attorney, state auditor's office and FBI are investigating what happened.

The elected Jackson County Board of Supervisors missed signs of trouble, even though the board received annual audits from Singing River that showed the pension plan wasn't being funded. And then there's the office of State Auditor Stacey Pickering, whose staff says they were not asked to examine Singing River's books and did not do so during recent annual audits of the county.

County supervisors also appointed the seven voting members of Singing River's Board of Trustees, which presides over the health system and recently voted to terminate the pension plan. That hasn't happened yet. Attorneys for current and former employees are fighting in court to stop it.

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