CATEGORY: Tupelo Stories
Coalition plans for National Night Out
By Cynthia M. Jeffries
What’s going to happen in Tupelo during National Night Out?
That was the main topic of discussion Thursday night when the Citywide Coalition of Neighborhood Watch Groups met to discuss upcoming plans for the August crime watch festivities.
National Night Out is a program aimed at getting people out of their homes to meet and greet their neighbors. On that day, which is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 6, neighbors turn on their outside lights in a symbolic gesture of shining a spotlight on crime.
The anti-crime program, which is usually sprinkled with food and street dances, is in its 13th year nationally. This will be the third year Tupelo has participated.
During Thursday’s meeting, members of the Tupelo coalition formed two groups to help get the word out about their Night Out activities. A sponsor committee was formed to soliciting corporate dollars and food that could be served at each of the parties. A publicity committee was formed to help get media coverage.
Those in attendance decided to have each group come up with a publicity stunt Tupelo Police Crime Prevention Coordinator Capt. Russ Witt could do to bring attention to the National Night Out event.
All of the suggestions and plans will be discussed during an executive meeting slated for 6:30 p.m. June 3.
Seventeen people from different watch groups throughout the city attended the hourlong meeting held in the City Hall Annex.
The citywide Coalition of Neighborhood Watch Groups formed two years ago as a way of getting all neighborhoods working together. There are 24 watch groups dotted throughout the city.
“But we could have hundreds more,” Witt said.
Other items discussed during Thursday’s meeting included:
– Watch members voted to start holding their citywide meetings 30 minutes earlier. The next meeting, scheduled for July 11, will begin at 6:30 p.m.
– Organizers voted to give the coalition’s past president and his wife, Jerry and Lottie McKey, a plaque to thank them for their work with the organization.
– Rob Anderson, Tupelo’s long range planner, was on hand to discuss the city’s neighborhood revitalization plans and how those plans tied into neighborhood watch activities.