By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal
CORINTH – Some Alcorn County offices have moved from the downtown courthouse, while others have filled those vacated spaces.
County residents needing to conduct business with the 911 Office, justice court, Veterans Service Office and Alcorn County Genealogical Society should call before looking for the agencies in their former locations.
Relocation of the 911 office and justice court to the new Alcorn County Justice Center on South Harper Road gave the county important new space assets on the ground floor of the courthouse.
Rather than converting the former 911 office for other purposes, the Board of Supervisors approved the sheriff and emergency management director’s request to retain the space as a backup emergency operations center.
All counties are required to have a backup operations location if, for some reason, the primary emergency operations center is unavailable, said Sheriff Charles Rinehart. Keeping the former 911 office up and running saves the county money, time and effort in creating a backup system.
The county has five communications stations at the new justice center and three at the courthouse, said Emergency Operations Director Ricky Gibens. If there should come a time when additional stations are needed those three courthouse stations are already connected by phone, Internet and radio.
The office of Sheriff’s Deputy Patricia Pierce, who also is court bailiff, is being moved from another ground floor office space into the backup EOC office, where she will also be able to observe security monitors. The office she formerly occupied on the southwest corner of the courthouse can then be used by Coroner Jay Jones.
The Veterans Service Office was approved to occupy office space vacated by the justice court staff, and the Alcorn County Genealogical Society is moving into the former Veterans Service Office space at the southeast corner of the courthouse.
Genealogical society volunteers said relocating to the courthouse will make it much easier for their clients to access the county records they need in their family history and other research.
• 911 Office: (662) 286-7703
• Justice Court: (662) 286-7776
• Veterans Service Office: (662) 286-7744
• Alcorn County Genealogical Society: