Rail easement sought for Corinth water project

By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal

CORINTH – City officials are taking their water system improvements case to federal court against the Norfolk Southern Railway Co.
First filed in Tishomingo County, the lawsuit was moved Tuesday to U.S. District Court by the railroad.
Corinth asks for a special court of eminent domain – in this case before Judge W. Allen Pepper and Magistrate Jerry Davis – to secure permanent and temporary construction easements from the railroad.
Through attorney William Odom, the city’s mayor and board claim they have “been unable to negotiate a reasonable price” to pay Norfolk Southern, and so they’re going the eminent domain route in court to have the property condemned.
The aldermen unanimously approved the action at their Oct. 19 meeting.
The lawsuit states that the Alcorn County city needs a 20-feet permanent easement and four 15 by 10-feet temporary easements across the railroad’s right of way in neighboring Tishomingo County.
It also asks the court to grant immediate possession and title to the property.
The railroad’s response has yet to be filed in the federal court.