State complaint will mean check of home By Steve Visser Sun reporter The Department of Human Services has lodged a complaint against Blanche Hicks, who runs a boarding home for the mentally ill on Adair Road. The complaint was filed with the West Tennessee Licensure Office for the Department Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, said Phil Brown. West Tennessee Tennessee coordinator for mental health facilities. facilities. Neither Brown nor Sharon Carroll of the human services department in Jackson Jackson would say what the complaint concerned. concerned. Brown, however, said it would be investigated. The comfjaint stemmed from a police report. Police arrested Edna Browder, a resident of Hicks' home, on a shoplifting charge Tuesday at the Dollar Store, 117 E. Lafayette St. It soon became apparent apparent that Browder was mentally incapacitated incapacitated and had wanted to buy a pair of shoes because she claimed her old shoes hurt her feet, the police report said. The store declined to press charges. "The people in the store didn't know " she had a mental problem so they called the police," Hicks said. Browder kept asking the police to trim her toenails, a request police deemed unusual. When they removed her shoes they found ingrown toenails, the police report said. Police then notified human services because of tft- tft- woman's condi tion, the police report said. "We've worked with Mrs. Hicks on a number of issues and we visit theie frequently," Brown said. "We've had some problems in the home over the past few years, but there has never been any legai action taken against her. so obviously the problems were minor." Hic ks brought Browder to Jackson lor a psychiatric appoint ment . I licks said. Browder then wandered off while Hicks was paying her utility bill. Hicks said. A human services worker warned her not to leave Browder alone again while in town and went with her to have the woman's toenails trimmed at the Jackson Jackson Clinic, Hicks said "They're so hard to cut because she doesn't mind," she said. "When her nails crow out, it takes three or four of us to hold her down to cut them." She also said she wasn't aware of any investigation of her boarding home. "DI1S just told me not to let it happen again," Hicks said. Her boarding home, which she has operated for 11 years, has eight residents residents and is state licensed. Each resident resident gives her $300 a month from their Social Security check. From that money Hicks is required to provide adequate food, housing, accessories and clothing and see that residents meet their medical medical needs. Her home is one of the operations that opened alter the deinstitutionalization of Western Menldi Health Institute in Bolivar. Bolivar. Brown snid.