By JB Clark/NEMS Daily Journal
NETTLETON – Nettleton is a city with a renewed interest in industry, and two men say they hope to expand that interest in the coming four years.
Incumbent Mayor R.V. Adams, 66, said he has lived in Nettleton all his life and wants to be sure he’s doing the best he can for the city, specifically by repairing infrastructure and attracting jobs.
“I’ve been working on a grant and loan combination to repair some dilapidated sewer lines,” he said. “It’s a $1.3 million project. And streets are another big issue; we have some that aren’t up to par and I want to work with the county to bring them up to standard.”
He’s opposed by Jimmy Taylor, 68, in the May 7 Democratic primary.
Adams said he is always looking to improve employment and the greatest accomplishment of his time in office is the attraction of Homestretch and United Furniture companies to the town.
“When I became mayor (in 2008) we had virtually no employment in the city – the last plant we had was in the process of shutting down,” he said. “I went to work getting someone to locate in the city, and we were fortunate to get Homestretch in here first and then United.”
Before serving as mayor, Adams was on the board of aldermen from 1977 until 1981, fire chief for five years and project manager for Cook and Riley.
Taylor said he wants to upgrade the appearance of the town itself to help bring businesses and property owners.
“As people look for somewhere to relocate, I think they would prefer a clean and organized place that looks good,” he said. “I know there has been some work done in the city to improve drainage and I’d like to continue that process and plan to improve some roads.”
He said improving many of the town’s vacant buildings could help bring businesses and providing recreational opportunities for the residents could help attract young people.
The 21-year Nettleton resident said his experience as a Battalion Commander in Desert Storm and a Brigadier General in the 155th Armored Brigade of the Mississippi National Guard qualifies him to be successful working with the people of Nettleton.
The primary winner will have no general election opposition.