Contractor set to begin jail construction

CORINTH – Alcorn County officials hope to have the proceeds of bond sales of up to $30 million in hand today to give the go-ahead for dirt work to begin construction of the Alcorn County Justice Center and Mississippi Department of Corrections Regional Jail in Corinth.
Tulsa, Okla., contractor Flintco Inc. was awarded the contract valued at more than $17 million, and Flintco Vice President Don Hutcherson said he is aware of the need to put Corinth and Alcorn County citizens to work.
“Flintco has been in business more than 100 years,” Hutcherson said. “It is a family owned company, and we think you’ll be comfortable working with us.”
Flintco is nearing completion of a project building the air control tower at the Memphis airport, but also has built other Mississippi projects – the Guyton Research Center at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson and a $107 million correctional center in Natchez for the Corrections Corp. of America.
“We’ll be bringing in our own managers, but will try to hire locally as much as we can,” Hutcherson said. “We’re sensitive to job needs in this community and know the kind of impact this will have on the local economy.”
Sheriff Charles Rinehart and Corinth Police Chief David Lancaster, two primary beneficiaries of the project, are glad to finally see actual construction about to begin.
“David and I have been waiting for this for a long time,” Rinehart said. “We’ve waited a long time on this, so no one can say we made a hasty decision.”
The 148,000-square-foot facility will house a justice center to include county justice court, Corinth municipal court, the sheriff’s office, Corinth Police Department, Alcorn County emergency management and Alcorn County E-911; a 300-bed Mississippi Department of Corrections inmate facility; a 240-bed Alcorn County detention center; a 50-bed trusty dorm and a 70-bed dorm for inmates working to pay restitution.
“The city and county have been talking about this since about 1993, so we’re more than ready for it,” Lancaster said.
The city police currently operate a jail in city hall separate from the county jail. Under the new arrangement the city will pay the county to house its inmates, but the city will own about 8,000 square feet of space for municipal courts and police department offices.
Hutcherson introduced Flintco project manager Bobby Smith, and architect Michael LeBlanc also brought in several of the subcontractors for the contract signing: Pyramid Electric of Memphis, M&H Construction (dirt work) of Southaven, Jefcoat Fence Co. of Pearl, Bigbee Steel Buildings of Muscle Shoals, Ala., and Jesco Construction of Tupelo.
“We want to see some action out there as soon as possible,” Hutcherson said. “We’ll get the dirt moving as soon as the paperwork is signed.”

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