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Visitors share ideas on neighborhood improvement

Presley Heights was honored to have visitors from Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Denver, Tuscaloosa, Ala.., Pine Bluff, Ark., Memphis and Walls, Miss., plus citizens from local businesses, neighborhood associations and schools. In all about 35 were in attendance and met regarding Presley Heights Revitalization Project.

Visitors shared ideas from their efforts in other parts of the country. They were given a history of Tupelo’s Revitalization effort and hurdles that had to be overcome to get to where we are today. It was reported that this has taken several years of meetings, trips to Washington, D.C., plus hours of planning. After Presley Heights plan was discussed the group went on a walking tour of two of the streets that are being considered for this effort. The out of town guests were to go by the Elvis Presley birthplace on their trip back to Memphis.

Lawhon School cleanup day was held November 3rd. The playground area adjoining Canal and Hankins Street was this project. Volunteers from school and Presley Heights Neighborhood Association worked together to make this a success.

Presley Heights fall cleanup was a success. People from all areas brought items to discard such as appliances, tires, batteries, chemicals and miscellaneous items. East Heights Garden club was in charge of manning the drop off site. The community is working hand in hand to keep our neighborhood clean and to improve one street at a time.

Shady Acres Neighborhood Watch reorganized after a 4-year hiatus. This was the first of such organizations ever formed in Tupelo as reported to us. The members enjoyed a hamburger and hotdog supper at the Elvis Presley pavilion. 24 members and one guest were in attendance. New officers were elected. They are: Terry Swindol- president, Berman “Buck” Woods – vice president, Gary Dick – treasurer, Edith Simpson – secretary, with Jason Shelton as advisor. Block chairmen are: Doris Cantrell, Clay Knight, Connie DaLee, “Jet” Bean, Annie Maud McKinney and Tony Stanford.

Presley Heights had it first community police seminar on Oct. 16. Officer Olive presented this very positive seminar and after introduction, opened meeting for citizens input. He asked what do you need, what is your present problems. Neighborhood problems were recorded by police, each item will be checked out and those inquiring will be given a report from the Police Department.

Presley Heights will have a Christmas float for the Dec. 1 Christmas parade. Citizens are volunteering to help with planning and construction of float. The community spirit is encouraging. Work will commence about Nov. 15 at fire station.

Ivy Duvall, chairperson for the Christmas lights program, reports we still need a few businesses to volunteer to get this funded. The lights will enhance appearance of the business district and many businesses are giving their contribution to make this a reality. Call Ivy Duvall at 842-2834, ext. 169. This will be the first new lighting in many years.

Lawhon School PTO is working on a program for Laptop computers, yearbooks, t-shirts and several in-school requests for teachers. There will be a board meeting Nov. 29. In addition a discount sale from a local department store is a new fundraising project for the school.

New Businesses: Two Sisters Consignment Store and Affordable Alterations on East Main Street.

Presley Heights Neighborhood Association regular monthly meeting will be Nov. 13 at 6:30 in the Lawhon School Cafeteria. The agenda will include a report on progress of infrastructure repairs, a report from department heads from City of Tupelo, report on banner and Christmas lighting project.

All Presley Heights citizens are encouraged to come and share their ideas.

Bill Martin is the Presley Heights News correspondent for Lee County Neighbors.