CATEGORY: Itawamba County
NMHS BUILDING DONATED TO FULTON
By Eileen Bailey
FULTON – The office building of Dr. Grayden Tubb served for 22 years as a place where Fulton residents had their cuts healed and their ailments cured.
Now the building will provide a different type of service for the community when it becomes the new fire station and home for emergency response vehicles.
In a dedication ceremony Thursday morning at the former Tubb Clinic building on state Highway 25 South, the keys were turned over to the city by North Mississippi Health Services.
The building became part of North Mississippi Health Services in 1994 when Tubb joined the Fulton Family Medical Center, one of 18 family medical clinics managed by North Mississippi Family Medical Clinics.
“I think it is terrific that it will be used for public services,” Tubb said.
Dr. Jeff Barber, president and chief executive officer of North Mississippi Health Services, said the donation fits into the organization’s goal of helping to improve the health of the community. “North Mississippi Health Services takes great pride in improving the quality of life for the residents of Fulton and immediate area,” Barber said.
Fulton Mayor Jack Creely said the city had been looking for a new place for the fire station because of growing pains being experienced by the department.
The city began looking at different locations but wanted to keep the station near downtown. Travis Staub, a resident of Fulton and member of the NMHS Board of Directors, was instrumental in securing the donation of the building, Creely said.
The 1,900-square-foot building is “ideal because of its central location near residential areas and our business community,” Creely said. Renovation work could cost between $25,000 and $35,000, which will come out of the city’s general budget.
Other benefits provided by having the fire department housed in the building include room to expand in the future and adequate space for a helicopter landing if necessary, Creely said.
Fulton Fire Chief Charles Grimes said the one-story brick building will be renovated to include two bays for emergency rescue vehicles and six bays for other vehicles, including the fire trucks.
The station is expected to be completed sometime this summer.
The location meets the needs of a growing town, Grimes said. New businesses and homes are locating in the southern part of town and the new location will help in response time. It also will continue to serve the downtown area.