Childers drops in on Alcorn board meeting

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

CORINTH – U.S. Rep. Travis Childers was an unexpected visitor at Monday’s regular meeting of the Alcorn County Board of Supervisors.
The 1st District representative said the stop was one of several visits to counties in the district before he returns to Washington after a brief recess.
Childers congratulated the supervisors on two large construction projects – the Kimberly-Clark access road that is scheduled to start soon, and the justice center and regional jail, which is well under way.
Economic development projects such as these, he said, are a key to regional economic recovery.
“I commend you for your work in forming the TAP Alliance,” Childers said.
Tishomingo, Alcorn and Prentiss counties have signed an agreement to pursue economic development opportunities jointly. The counties and their municipalities offer distinctive economic development assets, including proximity to major water transport on the Tenn-Tom Waterway and Tennessee River, four-lane highways, a thriving community college with jobs training and proximity to several major public recreation areas.
The Burnsville industrial park, 900-1,000 acres for a major industry site, is one the congressman said he hopes the TAP Alliance will undertake to promote as one of their projects.
“The site lends itself to heavy steel or other heavy construction with good jobs to help the people of this area,” he said.

Contact Lena Mitchell at 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@djournal.com.