BY SHEENA BARNETT
TUPELO – Lee County District 4 Supervisor Tommy Lee Ivy stood in the middle of a new walking track in the Palmetto community and asked a question: “Palmetto, are you proud of your walking track?”
His question was answered with cheers and applause as the community on Sunday afternoon.
The Palmetto community walking track, located at the intersection of County Roads 47 and 51, is the second one created by the Lee County 4th District Community Development Group. The group dedicated a walking track in Shannon on County Road 154 this same time last year.
“The thing I’m happy about is people helping people,” Ivy said, echoing the development group’s motto. “I can’t, but we can.”
The two walking tracks complete phase one of the group’s plans. Phase two will include community centers at both track locations.
The development group hopes the community centers can house programs for seniors, after-school tutorials and sports programs for students and be a place for the community to gather for reunions and picnics.
“I’m tired of seeing our children being taken away in handcuffs,” said the development group’s chairman, David Walker. “As a community, we have a role and a play a big part in that.”
Elder Leo Wright of Palmetto CME Church said he hopes to see members of the community exercising at the track.
“(Exercising) is some pretty cheap medicine,” he said. “We can step out of our houses and be on the track, and we thank God for that.”
Though the celebrations continued Sunday, Ivy said there was more work to be done to make the community centers a reality.
“We’re not tired yet,” he said. “We’re going to keep working.”