SMITHVILLE – After weeks of uncertainty about the future status of a post office in Smithville, talks are under way that could lead the U.S. Postal Service to re-establish a presence in the tornado-ravaged town.
The U.S. Postal Service notified Mississippi Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker and Congressman Alan Nunnelee that it would work with the business and community leaders in Smithville to consider a Community Post Office, to be operated under contract by a local business,.
In recent weeks, Smithville Mayor Gregg Kennedy has expressed his disappointment with the U.S. Postal Service, saying its officials have turned their backs on the town after the post office was destroyed in the April 27 tornado.
Since then, mail has been delivered to Amory, about eight miles away.
Kennedy said Saturday he’s pleased with the progress, but wants action.
“It’s a step in the right direction,” Kennedy said. “We need our post office. We are having to travel to Amory daily to take care of town business, and we shouldn’t have to do that. We hope this gets resolved.”
State Sen. Hob Bryan, D-Amory, said he is leery of how the talk will go.
“We have met a brick wall with the U.S. Postal Service,” Bryan said.
“I am pleased they are at least willing to talk but I’m not confident in the outcome.”
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