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• Corinth, Mississippi • 16 pages • One section
Mayor pushing local sales tax option BY JEBB JOHNSTON firstname.lastname@example.org
Mayor Tommy Irwin is supporting a push for an optional local sales tax as a means to fund needed infrastructure improvements in Corinth. The Mississippi Municipal League, an advocacy group for the state’s cities, is encouraging legislators to consider a bill in the next session called the Citizens for Economic Development Act to establish the optional sales tax. A resolution in support of the concept will
likely be on the next agenda of the Corinth Board of Aldermen. Irwin, who serves on the legislative committee of the MML, said it is the group’s top legislative priority for fiscal 2013. “It’s so needed,” he said. “What’s happened over the years, not only in Corinth but in a lot of other places, there’s just not enough income coming into cities to fix this massive infrastructure problem. The conditions of the streets aren’t going to fix themselves.”
The suggested bill would require a vote with 60 percent approval by citizens. Cities could impose an additional sales tax of up to 1 percent on goods currently taxed at 7 percent. The tax is collected for a specific time period and for specific projects. Irwin speculated that Corinth might pursue a half-percent tax over a period of five years, generating around $10 million. Future Fare, the proposed ad valorem tax increase for infrastructure projects recently
rejected by city voters, would have generated about $5 million over five years. “We’ve got those projects still ready to go,” said Irwin. The mayor said grant opportunities are dwindling and there is nowhere to turn other than the taxpayer. “The national government and state government are not going to rebuild these communities,” he said. Legislators have resisted similar efforts in the past, but Irwin believes the tide may
Davis Bridge hosts living history day
Poetry project hosts reading
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The group Crossroads Poetry Project will hold its monthly poetry reading beginning at 6 p.m. Friday at KC’s Espresso in downtown Corinth. “We’re going to be out there to read poetry on Friday night, and anybody and everybody is welcome,” said Milton Wallis, the group’s vice president. Anyone who is interested in poetry is invited to come read or listen during the reading. Musicians are also invited to play instruments and perform songs at the Poetry Reading. “We’ve got some wonderful talent,” Wallis said. “And we welcome anyone of any age.” Wallis said the monthly poetry readings have received a great response from the public and he is happy about the turnout. Crossroads Poetry Project are deep into other projects of the current season. Members of the group regularly read poetry for area students, and the group sponsors an annual poetry writing contest that is open to students and residents of the Corinth area. The deadline for this season’s Please see POETRY | 2A
be turning in favor of the municipalities since many of them face pressing infrastructure needs with little or no means to pay for them. “Corinth didn’t get this way overnight,” said Irwin. “There’s been a long, long process of many years that basically there’s not been any money spent on Corinth. This tax increase on sales tax would allow us to really fix our community up well and mean a lot for the children and people that’s going to be coming after us.”
Staff photo by Bobby J. Smith
Alcorn Central Seniors speak with a representative from Mississippi Valley State University.
Alcorn County seniors chart their future BY BOBBY J. SMITH email@example.com
Seniors in the Alcorn County School District spent Wednesday morning getting acquainted with some of the options that await them after graduation at the 2012 College and Career Fair. “This was a great opportunity for our students to learn about many of the options that are available to them after high school,” said Alcorn Vocational Counselor Jennifer Koon. “I believe there was something for everyone today.” Representatives of almost 40 organizations — colleges, workplaces and the armed forces — participated in this year’s College and Career Fair. Jason Mattox, director of Northeast at Corinth, said the school’s info table prompted a
great response from the students. “We’ve had many great questions, and lots of high school students seem really excited about the possibility of coming to Northeast,” Mattox said. Superintendent Gina Rogers Smith said she was impressed by the number of workplaces and colleges that participated in the fair. For the high school seniors who attended, the College and Career Fair was a welcome portal to information that will help them make important decisions. “It’s a great experience for seniors to get a chance to come out and talk to colleges, different companies and the military,” said John Childress, a senior at Alcorn Central. “If you have questions, everybody is willing to answer them the best they can.”
Alcorn Central senior Adam Price said the fair was a great way to learn about what opportunities are available. “It helped me see what’s out there so I can start planning what I’m going to do out of high school,” said Price. College and Career Fair organizers wish to thank Patrick Poindexter and the MSU Extension staff for the use of the facility; Refreshments Inc. for providing drinks for the participants; and Joyce Smith of Educational Talent Search for assisting with the fair. Extra tables were provided by the Mississippi National Guard. “Mrs. Koon and the Career Center worked so diligently to make this happen,” said Superintendent Smith. “It’s very impressive.”
In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Davis Bridge, Tennessee State Parks will host a living history day on Saturday. “This is the first one we’ve done, and we’d like to get people out to support it because we want to make it a yearly event,” said Davis Bridge Park Ranger Justin King. Living History Day activities will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the battlefield. The day’s activities will begin with a presentation of the United States and Tennessee flags by the Bolivar National Guard Honor Guard. At 9 a.m. cannons will fire, and after a moment of silence an interpretive hike will begin. The hike will be led by National Park Service Ranger Tom Parson from the the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center. Parson will meet with tour participants at Metamora Ridge, on the western side of the battlefield. “We’re going to walk down the slope and follow the route the Union soldiers took as they charged the Confederates, down to the river, stopping every hundred yards to talk about the details of the fight. We’ll end up at the bridge site at the Hatchie River,” explained Parson. Parson and tour participants will be accompanied by about a dozen living history Please see DAVIS | 2A
Kossuth water tower gets new look, much-needed repairs BY STEVE BEAVERS firstname.lastname@example.org
The Kossuth water tank is getting a facelift. Kossuth Water Association President Danny “Shorty” Mincey said the $194,000 project is in the process of some much needed work. “It needed a bunch of repairs,” said Mincey. “Right now they are sandblasting it down and then they will paint it after that.” The work is the first done on the tank — located on County Road 604 — in about seven or eight years. The association plans to pay for the project through a loan and possibly grant funds. Cook Coggin engineers have already fixed a leak problem.
Workers on the project have put a big blanket around the bottom of the tower to catch all the paint and sandblasting, according to Mincey. The water association is about a year away from completing a $4 million project to improve water quality for its customers. The project -- funded by loans and grants from USDA Rural Development -- has kept the water association busy with several upgrades. Some of the improvements include the construction of a new elevated storage tank in the Wheeler Grove area along with a pair of new groundwater supply wells and four production wells. Chemical buildings have also been constructed as part of the project.
Staff photo by Steve Beavers
The Kossuth water tank is undergoing some needed repairs. The tank — on County Road 604 — is being sandblasted and painted. A leak was also repaired on the tank.
Index Stocks........7 Classified......14 Comics...... 12 Wisdom...... 11
Weather........5 Obituaries........ 3 Opinion........4 Sports........8
On this day in history 150 years ago Gen. Sherman in Memphis is fed up with guerrillas firing on unarmed merchant boats on the Mississippi River. He vows to expel 10 families from Memphis each time a boat is attacked.
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‘We tackle hunger’ Brooks Pratt, son of Michael and Kim Pratt who turned 8 on Sept. 14, had a swimming birthday party on Sunday. Brooks asked his friends to bring canned goods to be donated to the AMEN Food Pantry instead of birthday gifts. He has a very compassionate heart and couldn’t stand to think of families not having enough food to eat. Brooks has a lot of very generous friends. They brought 215 food items that were donated to the AMEN Food Pantry in Corinth. Brooks had a football cake and theme of “We tackle hunger.”
City of Corinth honors retiring employee BY JEBB JOHNSTON email@example.com
City of Corinth employees and friends recently gathered to thank one of the city’s longestrunning workers for his service. Herbert Taylor Jr., the retiring assistant street commissioner, was honored at a gathering and received a plaque recognizing his service to Corinth since April 1982. As an alderman, J.C. Hill said he relied on Taylor to take care of problems on the city streets. “I feel indebted to him,” said Hill. “He did a fantastic job, and it’s a real sense of loss with him not there.” The alderman said he was often in awe of Taylor’s extensive knowledge of Corinth’s streets and their nuances. “There’s not going to be many more like him,” said Hill. “He was the most efficient and dedicated worker that I’ve ever worked with in any venture.” Mayor Tommy Irwin
said Taylor’s dedication is the definition of work ethic. “He is one person who totally enjoyed the work,” he said. “He always had a smile on his face. He gave everything for 30 years to the city. He would tackle any job.” The mayor also praised Taylor’s dedication to his fellow man. “He loves his church and selflessly has done so much for people without once seeking any credit for himself,” said Irwin. “His family is his love and strength. When you mention family, that big grin and expressive eyes tell it all. I wish him well. I love and respect this man.” Irwin and Hill said they hope to have Taylor return on a part-time basis next year. Taylor, who had worked two jobs since the age of 17, told the Daily Corinthian last week that he has plenty of work around the house to keep him busy and is looking forward to spending time with his children.
Staff photo by Steve Beavers
Corinth Mayor Tommy Irwin and Alderman J.C. Hill present Herbert Taylor a plaque for his 30 years of dedicated service to the Corinth Street and Sanitation Department.
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WHAT IT MEANS TO BE IN CHRIST Many religious people rarely talk about being in Christ. Most people are not aware of how and when one is in Christ. The Bible teaches that all spiritual blessings are in Christ. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ” (Eph 1:3). Salvation is located “in Christ”. “Therefore I endure all things for the elect’s sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory” (2 Tim 2:10). Since salvation is in Christ, all of those out of Christ are lost. Those in Christ were baptized into Christ and into the body which is the church. “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death” (Rom 6:3)? “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit” (1 Cor 12:13). The Lord adds the saved to his church. “Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls” (Acts 2:41). “Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved” (Acts 2:47). Redemption and forgiveness is only in Christ. “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace” (Eph 1:7). Reconciliation takes place in Christ and the one body which is the church. “And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby” (Eph 2: 16). The lost become new creatures in Christ. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Cor 5: 17). It is important to be in Christ where all spiritual blessings are located. FOR FREE BIBLE STUDY CALL 287-6530
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Alcorn County may be chosen to receive funds to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. However, there is no guarantee that Alcorn County will receive funding. The selection will be made by a National Board that is chaired by the U. S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from American Red Cross; Catholic Charities,
USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A; The Jewish Federations of North America, The Salvation Army; and United Way Worldwide. If Alcorn County is chosen, a Local Board will be charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country. A Local Board, made up of representatives from the Corinth Welfare Association, Alcorn
County Human Resource Agency, Salvation Army, AMEN, Inc., United Way of Corinth & Alcorn County, Alcorn County, and the City of Corinth, will determine how the funds awarded to Alcorn County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area. The Local Board will be responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds available under this phase of the program.
Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must: 1) be private voluntary non-profits or units of government, 2) be eligible to receive federal funds, 3) have an accounting system, 4) practice nondiscrimination, 5) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and 6) if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.
weapons demonstrations. Parking will be limited. Visitors can park along the roadside or at the Old Pocahontas Schoolhouse (where they will catch a shuttle bus to the event site). Buses will run between 8:15 and 8:45 a.m. Visitors can catch the shuttle bus back to their vehi-
cles at the reenactor camp. Parson will conduct tours of the battlefield again on Oct. 5, the anniversary of the Battle of Davis Bridge. Davis Bridge was the final battle of the IukaCorinth Campaign of the American Civil War. On the morning of Oct.5, 1862,
Union General Edward Ord attacked Confederate forces under General Sterling Price near Pocohontas, Tenn., and pushed the Southerners back about five miles to the Hatchie River and across Davis Bridge. (For more information call 731-645-7967.)
On Oct. 13 the group will offer a Haiku poetry workshop with Lee Ann Story-Sikora at the Corinth Library, one of a series of monthly workshops organized by Crossroads Poetry Project.
All workshops begin at 10 a.m. and are free to the public. Another event coming up this weekend at KC’s Espresso is Open Mic Night. KC’s owner Melinda Billingsley said it will
be held outside — weather permitting — on Saturday night beginning at 6:30 p.m. (For more information about Crossroads Poetry Project contact Milton Wallis at 415-2446.)
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reenactors who will demonstrate the advance of the Union troops across the ridge to the river. Following the interpretive hike, visitors may tour the reenactor camp to experience interpretive programs about camp life and
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poetry writing contest is Feb. 10, 2013. “There’s still plenty of time to write a poem and enter it in the contest,” said Wallis.
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Highway pays tribute to former leader
Deaths Annise Cummings
BALDWYN — Funeral services for Annise Cummings, 81, are set for 1 p.m. Friday at Sand Hill M.B. Church with burial in Old Sand Hill Cemetery. Mr. Cummings died Friday, September 21, 2012 at North Mississippi Medical Center. Born June 2, 1931, he was a retired skilled pipe layer with Hayes Construction Company and a member of Sand Hill M.B. Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Fannie Mae Cummings; a child, Dizzie Bush; his parents, Carl and Eulater Cummings; six sisters; and two brothers. Survivors include stepchildren, Essie Harvey of Marion, Ind., Mary Drake (John) of Kokomo, Ind., Eugene Bush (Bertha) of Itta Bena and W.C. Bush (Mary) of Rolling Fork; five sisters, Luline Cummings, Effie Betts, Annie Warren, Alice Faye Green and Mary Lee Agnew; six brothers, Wiley Agnew, Jr., John Agnew (Mars), Elmo Agnew, Roosevelt Cummings, Troy Agnew (Jean Alice) and Dabney Agnew (Patricia); 19 grandchildren; 55 great grandchildren; and 16 great-great grandchildren. Rev. Danny Ramsey will officiate. Visitation is 4-7 p.m. today at the church.
Funeral services for Mildred Davis Powers, 85, are set for 1 p.m. Friday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with burial in the Dogwood Cemetery. Mrs. Powers died Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at Magnolia Regional Health Center. She was born April 20, 1927 in Booneville to the late Fred and Sarah Davis. She was retired from Intex Plastic and of the Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by her husband,
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Harold Powers; parents; two daughters Betty Walter and Pam Hudson; Brothers, Frank Morris, Gene, Leland, Vewin, and Cletus Davis; sisters, Neil Chaney, Marie Adams, Minnie Mae Morrow and Earlene Grimes. Survivors include her sons, Jimmy Huggins, Phillip Huggins and Tim Strickland all of Corinth; daughters, Barbara (Lanny) Horn of Rienzi, Sherri (Jimmy Don) Creason and Tammy Clayton all of Corinth; a sister, Mary Hooper of Corinth; 13 grandchildren; and six great grandchildren. Bro. Donald Sculley will officiate. Visitation is 5-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
PISGAH — Funeral services for Prudence Irene Story, 94, are set for 2 p.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home with burial in Oaklawn Memorial Park. Mrs. Storey died Monday, September 24, 2012 at Longwood Community Living Center. Born May 12, 1918, she was a member of Pisgah United Methodist Church and a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter F. Storey; her parents, Sam Ed and Ellen Moore Strange; two sisters, Mary Effie Massey and Katherine Palmer. Survivors include three daughters, Elizabeth (L.D.) Cox of Rienzi, Charlene Storey Horn of Booneville and Barbara (Bobby) Phillips of Thrasher; a son, Joseph F. (Betty M.) Storey of Hopkinsville, Ken.; a sister, Maxine Burnett Leatherwood of Rienzi; 13 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren. Bro. Jerry Kelly and L.D. Cox will officiate. Visitation is today until service home at the funeral home. J7NÂ<H;;Ã?DL;IJ?D= tqxÃ;:K97J?EDÃI7L?D=IÃFB7D <?N;:Ã?D9EC; I H;J?H;C;DJÃFB7DD?D=