Booneville to renovate space for courts, DHS

county_prentiss_greenBy Lena Mitchell

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

BOONEVILLE – Prentiss County officials are well on the way to solving a space crunch for several county services, including space for the chancery court, youth court and human services offices.

Plans are in hand to transform the former Blue Bell factory, which the county bought several years ago, and supervisors voted Monday to proceed with advertising for bids, said Chancery Clerk David “Bubba” Pounds.

“Sixty percent of the building will be used for the Department of Human Services,” Pounds said. “At the north end of the building we’ll have a courtroom that will be for chancery court and youth court. Other chancery services will remain at the existing chancery building.”

The main courtroom at the courthouse will be used for circuit court cases, he said.

“Our docket is so long in chancery court that it can take about six months for a first setting of a case to be heard in Prentiss County,” Pounds said.

The renovation project will be funded with a low- interest loan of $1.4 million from the U.S. Rural Development Administration.

The USRDA has asked for minor revisions to the submitted plan, but supervisors have approved seeking bids, and the county will use interim financing from Farmers and Merchants Bank to begin the project.

lena.mitchell@journalinc.com