By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal
CORINTH – City officials accepted a cash gift Wednesday from an organization founded in the early 1970s to support economic development.
Executive Director Alton Thompson and Board President Charles Dilworth presented Mayor Tommy Irwin with a check for $125,000 on behalf of Corinth Community Development Inc.
“We’re in the process of phasing the organization out and would like to see those funds used effectively,” Thompson said.
Specifically, Thompson and Dilworth have asked the city to use the money to pave about 400 feet of White Street in south Corinth, and to repair the sidewalk surrounding Corinth National Cemetery, which is an exercise walking path for many people in the mornings.
Two other projects they’d like to see completed if the funds extend that far are repairs to the sidewalk on Meigg Street and to help with replacing some of the street signs that is being mandated by federal law.
“This is an exciting week for us,” Irwin said. “Today we get this great check for $125,000, see the opening of a new women’s clinic, and tomorrow there will be a major economic development announcement. What a great thing for this community.”
The Thursday announcement referred to by Irwin was Caterpillar’s investment of $34 million into an expansion of its Corinth operations.