Effort underway to honor veterans at Northeast

Northeast Miss Community CollegeBy Lena Mitchell

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – Area residents who want Northeast Mississippi Community College’s football field renamed Veterans Memorial Field are working to gain the support of communities and officials in the counties served by the college.

Booneville veteran Bobby Goddard and Alcorn County Tax Collector Larry Ross, also a veteran, made a presentation to the Alcorn County Board of Supervisors earlier this week, asking for a resolution supporting the change.

Board President and District 1 Supervisor Lowell Hinton said the effort should begin with a request to the NEMCC Board of Trustees, although he believed other county supervisors favor the idea as he does.

District 4 Supervisor Gary Ross, however, said he thought it was perfectly appropriate for the Alcorn County board to pass the requested resolution, because county taxpayers pay millage on their property taxes each year to support NEMCC, making a huge investment in the college at the Larry McCollum campus in Corinth.

“Northeast was built by veterans after World War II as they were learning to do some on-the-job skills,” Larry Ross said. “They built a large part of that campus back then. We’re trying to get support of the communities and the various boards before going to Northeast to ask them to recognize contributions vets have made to Northeast, the area and the country.”

They’ve already talked with American Legion members in Corinth and will speak with VFW members to gain their support, Larry Ross said. He believes they’ll agree to provide funds needed for signage if the proposal is approved by the college if the county boards will not do so.

lena.mitchell@journalinc.com