By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal
GLEN – More than 100 public officials, community leaders and guests gathered Tuesday for the dedication of the Clifford G. Worsham Surface Water Treatment Facility on U.S. Highway 72.
Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves was the featured speaker, but members of the late Clifford Worsham’s family also were acknowledged and honored.
Reeves applauded Corinth and Alcorn County leaders who had the foresight many years ago to pursue this project.
“True public servants are able to look beyond the next four years, the next election, and make decisions” that are in the long-term best interests of their communities, Reeves said.
The new treatment plant not only draws water from the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway and the Tennessee River as a long-term water source for Corinth, but the Corinth water utility also is able to serve household and industrial development water needs throughout the region far into the future, said Corinth Gas & Water General Manager John Rhodes.
On behalf of the regional economic development entity, the TAP Alliance, Leon Hays said work is ongoing with Cook Coggin Engineers to develop costs for distribution to Prentiss and Tishomingo counties.
Corinth Water also partners with local water associations and municipalities, Rhodes said, including Alcorn Water, Big V Water, Biggersville Water, Blackland Water, Farmington Water, Holcut-Cairo Water, Kossuth Water, New Chandler Water, New Site Water, Prentiss/Alcorn Water, Thrasher Water, Wheeler Frankstown Water, Booneville, Burnsville, Iuka, Jumpertown, Marietta and Rienzi.
Signage on the new facility was unveiled by Clifford Worsham family members – brother, Leroy Worsham; daughters, Becky Dalton and Kathy Wheeler, with husband Jim; and grandchildren, William Dalton III, Laura Kathryn Leonard, Frank Worsham Leonard, Zeela Dalton and William Dalton IV.
Clifford Worsham, a longtime member of the Corinth Public Utilities Commission, conceived the idea of tapping into the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway as a long-term water source for the region several decades ago. He died in 2009 at age 92. He was a University of Mississippi alumnus with a degree in engineering, who helped found Worsham Construction Company in Corinth with his two brothers.