Miss. National Guard to close county’s armory

The military tank that sits in front of the Mississippi Army National Guard Armory has been a fixture in New Albany for years.  There is question, however, as to whether the tank will remain once the Mississippi Army National Guard closes the facility next month.

 The armory, which is located at 917 Fairgrounds Spur Road, will be closing its doors, effective May 31, 2011.
County Attorney Thad Mueller presented the county lease agreement to the Union County Board of Supervisors at its meeting Monday.The board approved the termination of the lease with the state of Mississippi-Mississippi Military Department  because the state no longer uses the building and because the county wishes to use the building for county purposes.
The armory was the former home of a unit in the Guard’s 155th Armored Brigade.
Supervisor President Danny Jordan said that because the county still owns the building, it will be used for packing boxes for Sharing at Christmas, but he doesn’t yet know what else may take place there.