Commission Alcorn recruiting volunteers

By LENA MITCHELL / NEMS Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – Task forces to address key issues to benefit Corinth and Alcorn County are recruiting interested residents.
The Commission on the Future of Alcorn County has identified eight categories to pursue based on feedback at a community forum in October that attracted about 150 individuals, said Commission chairwoman Lane Williams.
Tapped for their expertise and involvement in education issues are city and county school board members, administrators, teachers, staff members, parents and students, as well as individuals representing area community colleges and universities, she said.
The task forces and their leaders are listed below:
• Collaborative long-term growth plans for the city and county: Jeff Patterson
• Community and family values: Bobby Capps, Mona Lisa Grady
• Community enhancement: Rick Napper, Rebecca Spence
• Dropout reduction and graduation rates: Terry Cartwright
• Early childhood education: Bobby Capps, Lane Williams
• Increased educational offerings (K-16): Lee Childress
• Infrastructure development: Gary Chandler, Sandy Williams
• Work force training/adult education offerings/GED recovery: Ann Walker
Four of the eight categories are specifically education-related, so there are many opportunities for other volunteers interested in education to participate, as well as in each of the other categories.
The Commission steering committee added the community enhancement category to address beautification issues, Williams said, to improve the first impression the community presents to prospective residents, businesses and industries.
The Commission will not address an issue that received the fourth-highest number of votes from the community forum – the question of legalizing liquor.
Past experience has shown the topic of legalizing liquor to be highly divisive, contrary to the Commission’s goal of unifying people around issues.
Equally important, however, is that addressing a matter that is political – a local election would be required – would jeopardize the Commission’s status as a nonprofit organization.
All of the task forces are recruiting additional members to meet over the next few months to identify how the community currently addresses the issues, identify challenges in the subject areas, and formulate suggestions for how to move forward.
The result of the task forces’ deliberations will be presented at the next community meeting set for March 8.
Contact Lena Mitchell at (662) 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@djournal.com.