Friday Jan. 27,
Vol. 116, No. 23
• Corinth, Mississippi • 18 pages • Two sections
State of the City
Mayor focuses on major issues facing Corinth BY BOBBY J. SMITH firstname.lastname@example.org
Corinth Mayor Tommy Irwin discussed some of the biggest issues the city will face in the upcoming year at a meeting of the Corinth Rotary Club on Thursday. The main topic of Irwin’s talk was Corinth’s infrastructure. “I’m serious about our infrastructure and our aldermen are too,” Irwin emphasized. The mayor discussed the main problems the city is facing and what is being done to x them. Improving the city’s drainage system to combat Corinth’s ooding problem is one of the mayor’s top priorities. Irwin cited the ongoing improvements made around the Phillips Creek, Elam Creek and Bridge Creek drainage districts. “As long as I’m in ofce, with the team I have, we want to see water leave our community through these three avenues rather than through a business or somebody’s home,” the mayor said. The drainage districts were created in the early 1900s to alleviate Corinth’s swamp-like conditions. Over the years, the man-made waterways became neglected, resulting in increasing instances of ooding in Corinth. The effort to repair the city’s drainage system has been a major local issue since the May 2010 Corinth ood. Another infrastructure issue the city is facing is its inadequate sewer system. Irwin said the current system has a permit to handle 4.6 million gal-
MHP revamps driver’s offices BY BRANT SAPPINGTON
we’ll be facing the same costs again,” said the mayor. He said the sewer upgrade will take place in 2013. The mayor pointed to large holes next to roads in Corinth as another area that could use some
The highway patrol is revamping locations for drivers to obtain and renew their licenses in an effort to save funds and boost efciency. The Corinth license ofce, located in the Alcorn County Sheriff’s Department, is one of three main ofces (along with New Albany and Tupelo) that will continue to serve customers from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Booneville’s driver’s license ofce is currently closed, but unlike ofces in several area communities Booneville’s situation is expected to only be temporary. The Mississippi Highway Patrol is in the process of consolidating and closing several satellite driver’s license ofces across the state and has announced the closure of ofces in Holly Springs, Ripley and Fulton. Mississippi Highway Patrol Troop F Spokesperson Trooper Ray Hall said while the Booneville ofce is currently closed they are actively looking for a new location and want to reopen it as soon as possible. “MHP has a goal of opening an ofce in Booneville one day every week. However, this will
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Staff photo by Bobby J. Smith
Corinth Mayor Tommy Irwin (right) shakes hands with Rotary President Stephen E. Icardi after speaking during the Corinth Rotary Club’s meeting Thursday. lons each day. On a rainy day, the mayor said, the system is overloaded with “more like 20 million gallons.” The sewer system is also facing problems from deterioration. “The drainage and sewer pipes are not looking very well,” Irwin said. “In some cases
they’ve basically disintegrated.” To x the system’s problems will cost an estimated $16 to &17 million, Irwin said, but putting the problem off for another day would be even more expensive. “If we’re smart we’ll work every day to x these problems or
Crossroads Poetry Project launches annual contests BY BOBBY J. SMITH email@example.com
Crossroads Poetry Project — the local community-based poetry group — has announced the details of its annual poetry contest and an upcoming competition for poetry memorization and recitation.
Poetry contest The deadline for the Crossroads Poetry Project’s annual
Poetry Writing Contest is 5 p.m. on Friday, March 2. The contest is open to Alcorn County residents of all ages. It will be organized into categories by grade for students of area schools with a separate category for the general public. Poems must be no longer than 40 lines. Participants must submit two copies, one with only the poem and another including the author’s name, address and phone number.
Poems can be submitted in person at KC’s Espresso and the Tourism Ofce. Submissions can be mailed to Harper Square Mall, Box 15, 1801 South Harper Road. Winners will be announced the last week of April. For more information contact CPP Vice-president Milton Wallis at 662-415-2446.
Poetry Out Loud The Northern Regional Con-
test of Poetry Out Loud, a national competition to teach young people about poetry through memorization and recitation, will be held Monday, Feb. 6, at Waldron Street Christian Church. “We’re happy to have the honor of bringing the regional contest to Corinth,” said Milton Wallis, vice president of Crossroads Poetry Project. “We’re excited about hosting the event for the rst time in Corinth.”
The Northern Regional Contest will feature poetry recitations by the winners of Poetry Out Loud contests in 11 North Mississippi high schools. Wallis said the event’s organizers are expecting a big turnout, with two groups of students from area schools in attendance and that spectators should show up early to be sure of nding a seat. Please see CONTESTS | 2A
Tour Guide is map to finding it all BY STEVE BEAVERS firstname.lastname@example.org
Mississippi has a lot to see. The 2012 Tour Guide is a map to nding it all. Around 1,500 of Mississippi’s ofcial tour guide arrived last week at the Alcorn County Welcome Center. “We usually have people waiting on them to get here,” said center supervisor Sherry Brown. “They like to plan their trips around the book.” The magazine-style guide covers it all when it comes to tourism attractions in the state. Published by the Mississippi Development Authority’s Tourism Division along with the Mississippi Tourism Asso-
ciation, around 300,000 will be distributed by the end of the month. Guides will be at 13 of the state’s welcome centers. “It’s a great tool for us,” said Brown. “We use it every day and most everyone that stops here takes one.” The guide has a strong Corinth avor throughout the 180 pages of things to do and see. The city is listed on four of the eight Feature pages with most of the events falling under the Civil War Sesquicentennial. A photo of the Interpretive Center along with notes about the Civil War Relic Show (March 3-4), March to Shiloh Reenactment at the Interpretive Center (March 28-29), and CT-A musi-
cal On Shiloh Hill (April 13-14). “Corinth is mentioned in several pieces of the guide,” added Brown. Borroum’s and Pickin’ on the Square are mentioned on Listen to the Sounds page. Hinkle Creek Pottery is touched on in the Arts feature section while Corinth is among a list of cities in the Discover Your True Town portion. The city is also mentioned in the Themed Travel sections of Civil War in Mississippi and African-American Heritage. The guide, which features The Great Mississippi River Balloon Race in Natchez on the cover, is available at all welcome centers. It can also be ordered by going to www.visitmississippi.org
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Staff photo by Steve Beavers
Welcome Center Supervisor Sherry Brown displays the Mississippi Official Tour Guide, which is available at the Alcorn County Welcome Center.
On this day in history 150 years ago
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Exasperated by the lack of initiative in his commanding generals, President Lincoln issues General War Order No. 1, which mandates a general offensive to begin in February all along the Union lines.
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MSU team to offer broadband education BY SUSAN COLLINS-SMITH MSU Ag Communications
JACKSON â€” The third phase of a project intended to increase digital literacy and Internet usage among Mississippians is now underway. Mississippi State University Extension Serviceâ€™s Broadband Education and Adoption Team, e-BEAT, began surveying Mississippi citizens in 2011 about their Internet usage. The team mapped the availability of broadband, also called highspeed Internet, throughout the state to get a better idea of how the Internet is used. The team worked with community leaders, businesses, educators and elected officials to decide the best ways to implement education and adoption strategies throughout the state. The team will now focus on planning and providing educa-
tional programming on using broadband Internet to address the unique opportunities and challenges of households, businesses and municipalities in different regions of the state. â€œOur mission is to increase the use of the Internet for promoting civic involvement, expanding educational opportunities to Mississippi residents and building new economic development strategies for local businesses,â€? said Dan Brook, MSU e-BEAT team member. The e-BEAT team and the Mississippi Broadband Connect Coalition are partners brought together by the Mississippi Broadband Task Force created in 2009 by Gov. Haley Barbour to study high-speed Internet usage and availability in Mississippi and to find solutions to Mississippiâ€™s barriers to high-speed Internet usage.
According to the MBCC summary, improving broadband availability and adoption is key to improving Mississippiansâ€™ lives. â€œFrom the delivery of online courses for students, to workforce skills training for adults, to the provision of clinical and preventative healthcare to citizens who may be home-bound, to greater civic engagement for all citizens, broadband is a powerful communication tool that has the potential to profoundly improve the quality of life of people in Mississippi,â€? according to the coalitionâ€™s report. After surveying more than 2,400 households, e-BEAT found that almost 80 percent of Mississippi households already use the Internet at home or in some other setting, such as work, school or public libraries. However, increasing usage for
seeking and applying for jobs online, taking part in web-based education programs, sharing business opportunities through e-commerce, and sharing opinions about local issues with local government leaders are all areas in which Mississippi needs improvement. Having and using technology is essential to participate in the national and global economies. All currently planned phases are expected to be completed in three and a half years. The MBCC and e-BEAT will continue to meet and are planning another public meeting for this summer. (Interested citizens can view the complete MBCC report and access blogs, social networks and other applications to offer feedback by going to the Broadband for Mississippi website at http://www.broadband. ms.gov.)
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work, saying that they should be fixed for the sake of city beautification and public safety. â€œIf we make it safe and improve our appearance â€” good for us,â€? he said.
On a positive note, Irwin pointed to the ongoing development on Harper Road. He called Harper Road a â€œhotspot,â€? with lots of construction and a steady growth. He cited the need for new paving on Fillmore and Proper Streets, and said a goal was to identify areas
for paving and bridge renovation throughout town. The mayor discussed the deterioration of several areas of town, and said that efforts to make Corinth a nicer place to live would be crucial to the communityâ€™s future.
â€œBack in 1970 Tate Street and Wick Street had nice homes, was a nice place to live. Something happened. â€œQuite honestly what happened is we havenâ€™t had a lot of money to spend on our neighborhoods,â€? Irwin said.
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only happen after we get office space,â€? he said. In the meantime, local residents looking to obtain or renew a license can travel to one of the main offices in New Albany, Tupelo and Corinth that are open five days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Corinth office is lo-
cated at the Alcorn County Sheriffâ€™s Department. The highway patrol also offers the option to renew driverâ€™s licenses online at www.ms.gov/hp/drivers/license/Main.do The Burnsville driverâ€™s license office is also open one day a week. Hall said the consolidation of offices is a recognition of the changing ways people are seek-
ing to do their business with MHP. More people are taking advantage of the online options, reducing the volume of business at the satellite offices. People are also renewing their licenses less often thanks to the new option to renew a license for eight years instead of the normal four-year period for an additional fee. The trooper said it is just not
financially responsible to keep offices open if the cost to run the facility is more than the volume of licenses being produced. No jobs have been lost through the closure of the satellite offices. Staff from these offices were moved into the main offices to reduce wait times and increase efficiency to help provide better service to the public.
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Poetry Out Loud finals will be held March 22 CONTINUED FROM 1A
â€œWeâ€™re gearing up to have our big event,â€? Wallis said. â€œWeâ€™re expecting a large crowd to be there from the north half of Mississippi.â€? Poetry Out Loud has a pyramid-structure, starting at the classroom level, with winners on the classroom level moving forward to a school-wide competition and on to the regional and state competitions. The regional winner will go on to the state competition, and the state winner will compete against other state winners in the national finals. State-level winners will receive $200 and an allexpenses paid trip with adult chaperone to the national finals in Washington. The stateâ€™s winner school will receive $500 for the purchase of poetry books. Each stateâ€™s first runner-up will win $100, as well as $200 for his or her school library. Mississippiâ€™s Poetry Out Loud finals will be held Thursday, March 22, at Mississippi Public Broadcasting in Jackson. The National Contest will be held May 13-15 in Washington D.C. The contest is sponsored by a partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. Its purpose is to help students develop public speaking skills, increase their self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage. Poetry Out Loud was adopted by high schools throughout America in 2006, following successful pilot programs in Chicago and Washington D.C. The competition grew each year. By the 20102011 season of Poetry Out Loud, participation had increased to over 365,000 students. The public is invited to enjoy the recitations and competition. No admission will be charged. The Mississippi Northern Regional Contest of Poetry Out Loud will begin at 11 a.m. and continue throughout the day. For more info visit www. poetryoutloud.org or contact Poetry Out Loud State Coordinator Ken Bolinsky at 601-327-1294.
Correction An incorrect time was given in Thursdayâ€™s story about the upcoming Green Market and 5th Annual Crossroads Chili Cook-Off. The two events will both be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 7 in downtown Corinth. For more information on the Green Market, contact the Tourism Office at 662-287-8300 or e-mail karenbeth@ corinth.net. Information about the Chili Cook-Off can be obtained by calling the tourism office or e-mailing Steve Knight at email@example.com.
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Mr. Putter and Tabby Every year, second-grade students at Corinth Elementary School read the story “Mr. Putter and Tabby Fly the Plane.” Mr. Putter loves toys, especially biplanes, but he thinks he is too old to play with toys. His cat, Tabby, does not like toys, but she puts up with all of it because she loves Mr. Putter. He buys a remote control plane so that he can achieve his boyhood dream of really flying a plane. After several failed attempts of trying to get it to fly, he is sad and about to give up. Tabby, who does not like flying toys, just purrs louder every time it fails. However, she sees how sad Mr. Putter is, so she encourages him. He tries again and succeeds. It is a great story of friendship and determination and it proves you are never too old to play with toys! Steve Jones, a local resident, also loves toy planes. He and his wife are kind enough every year to come fly his plane for Corinth Elementary School second-graders.
Community Events Music exhibit “Music, Sweet Music” is the subject of the featured exhibit at the Tishomingo County Archives & History Museum. The exhibit gives visitors an opportunity to view phonographs, records, 8-track tapes, etc., used by artists to record their abilities in perpetuity. A standard cylinder phonograph and wax cylinders used in the late 19th and early 20th century is part of the exhibit, along with the first field recordings made of Native American music. The exhibit will be available for viewing through April 13. Contributions to the exhibit will be considered. The Museum is currently open to the public TuesdayFriday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Beginning Feb. 1, the museum will begin opening each Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
‘Go Red’ campaign In honor of National Wear Red Day, Gentiva Hospice and North Mississippi Medical Center of Iuka are hosting an event on Friday, Feb. 3 to raise awareness of heart disease in women. A free luncheon is being held at noon in the NMMC of Iuka Education Room. Pre-registration is required due to limited seating. Call 662-
728-7404 or toll free at 866813-4731 by Tuesday, Jan. 31. Participants are asked to dress in red for the campaign.
A “Tuition Extravaganza” event is set for Feb. 2 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Northeast Mississippi Community College Blood drives in Holliday Hall and the Bonner United Blood Services will Arnold Coliseum west parking have the following local blood lot in Booneville. The event is drives: Monday, Jan. 30 — 1-6 being held to inform students p.m., Burnsville School, Bloodof possible tuition solutions mobile; Wednesday, Feb. 1 available through ROTC. — 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Baptist Students can earn a two-year Memorial Hospital, classroom, or four-year degree despite the Booneville; Friday, Feb. 3 — 2 cost of tuition by participating -6:30 p.m., Walnut Elementary in the ROTC program. RepSchool, Bloodmobile; and resentatives from Northeast, Monday, Feb. 6 — 3:30-8:30 Mississippi State University p.m., West Corinth Baptist and the University of MissisChurch, fellowship hall, Corinth. sippi will be on hand to answer Everyone who donates in any questions. For more information about January will be entered in a drawing for a get away cruise. the event call SFC Shackel ford at 662-687-2460. Visit Northeast on the web at www. Lupus program nemcc.edu. The Essence Ladies Club invites the public to attend their ‘Ride the Rails’ 9th annual Lupus Program Selmer Senior Center is sponon Sunday, Jan. 29 at 3 p.m. soring a five-day, four-night trip, at Macedonia M.B. Church in May 1-5 to West Virginia. Tour Corinth. The program is held highlights include transportaannually to support anyone tion, lodging, eight meals, train who is battling the disease. rides, a performance at the For more information, conAmerican Mountain Theater, tact any member of the Estours and more. Cost of the trip sence Ladies Club — Kolisha is $829 per double occupancy. Strickland, Kimberly Stafford, Tiffanie Patterson, Angela Arm- A $100 deposit is due by Friday, Feb. 3 with final payment by strong, Stephanie Patterson, Cheryl Prather or Janice Brown. March 23.
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Red Cross benefit The fifth annual Evening of Jazz with Grady Nichols will be presented Saturday, Jan. 28 at The Summit in Tupelo from 7-10 p.m. Tickets are $30. For more information, call 662-842-6101. This is a benefit for the American Red Cross Northeast Mississippi Chapter which includes Alcorn County.
McClain benefit A benefit for Renee McClain is being held Feb. 4 at the Ramer Civic Center from 11 a.m. until. Renee is the mother of Michael and Tiffney Penley and the widow of the late Larry “Top Hog” McClain. She is undergoing open heart surgery and a triple by-pass plus trigger point laser surgery and needs help with medical expenses. Homemade chili and barbecue plates are being sold for lunch at the benefit. There will be a cake walk and an auction to follow, along with live music. For more information, contact Tiffney Penley, 731-6103123; Michael Penley, 731610-7082 or Lisa Dillon, 731610-3421 for more information or to make a donation.
TIPLERSVILLE — Funeral services for Sheila Crum Jackson, 68, are set for 1 p.m. Saturday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Ebenezer United Methodist Church Cemetery. Mrs. Jackson died Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, at Golden Living Center in Ripley. Born Oct. 18, 1943, she worked at Tippah County Hospital as Ward Clerk for 44 years. She was a member of Ebenezer United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Jackson; one son, Ronnie Jackson; and her parents, A.D. Crum and Lois Holley Crum. Survivors include two grandchildren, Jessica Waldon Mills (Brandon) of Tiplersville, and Dustin Waldon of Walnut; and two great-grandchildren. Bro. Dwayne Whitehurst and Bro. Larry “Doc” Dollar will officiate. Visitation is today from 5 until 9 p.m. at Ripley Funeral Home.
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