By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal Corinth Bureau
CORINTH – A new board member for the Crossroads Arena was affirmed by the Alcorn County Board of Supervisors on Monday, sealing the appointment of Joe Franks to the seat currently held by Arena Board Chairman Bill Strickland.
Strickland was a key figure in establishing the arena, which opened in November 1999. He has served on the board since its beginning.
“I will have some comments at some time in the future, but not today,” Strickland said late Monday. “I’m still active on the board and will be until the end of the month.”
Arena board members serve five-year terms, and Strickland’s term expires this month. His appointment is to a joint seat approved by the city of Corinth and the county for the jointly-owned facility. Corinth voted to appoint Franks to Strickland’s expiring term last month. On Monday three supervisors – District 1 Supervisor Lowell Hinton, District 3 Supervisor Tim Mitchell and District 5 Supervisor Jimmy Tate Waldon – voted to ratify the city’s action, while District 2 Supervisor Dal Nelms voted against the move and District 4 Supervisor Gary Ross abstained.
Thom Rogers, whose term also expires this month, and Jane Summers, whose term expired last year, were both approved last month to continue serving their county appointments.
Franks has served a number of years on the board of Main Street Corinth and has coordinated entertainment for both the annual Slugburger Festival and Hog Wild.
The multipurpose facility is a venue for family-oriented entertainment with seating for more than 7,500 for concerts, and a meeting and banquet hall that accommodates 275 for banquets and 450 for theater-style seating or lectures.