Daily Journal Corinth Bureau
BOONEVILLE – Competing requests to name the football field at Northeast Mississippi Community College have presented the college’s board of trustees with a quandary.
For the time being the board has agreed to retain the name Tiger Stadium and put all such requests on hold, said President Johnny Allen.
Two local veterans – Bobby Goddard of Booneville and Larry Ross of Corinth – recently asked the Alcorn County Board of Supervisors to adopt a resolution asking that the field be renamed Veterans Memorial Field, which the board declined to do before the college’s board of trustees was approached about the matter.
During the meeting Ross pressed for the resolution.
“Northeast was built by veterans after World War II as they were learning to do some on-the-job skills,” 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.”
What many people may not remember, Allen said, is that the college deeply appreciates all that veterans have done and continue to do to support the college, and they have named at least four campus sites to honor them:
• Northeast Veterans’ Tower, the clock tower beside the library entrance.
• Veterans Memorial Drive
• Veterans of the Korean War, a commemorative marker placed on the campus grounds.
• Veterans Circle, the circular driveway in front of the campus library.
All of these sites were honored during Veterans Dedication Day on May 27, 2002, with Sen. Thad Cochran as the guest speaker, Allen said. Goddard’s name also is on the dedication plaques as he served on Booneville’s Board of Aldermen and as Mayor Pro-Tem during that time.
The request to rename the field for veterans was presented to the Buildings and Grounds Committee of the board in October 2013, along with four other renaming requests, and the issue was revisited in January.
“The committee recommended that at this time the college retain the name Tiger Stadium for the facility, and that is the position the board has taken,” Allen said.