UPDATE: Judge blocks attempt to nix annexation trial

By Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – The city’s long-awaited annexation trial will proceed after a judge Monday blocked an attempt to have the case dismissed.
Attorneys on both sides spent the trial’s first hour arguing over whether the city failed to comply with state statutes for notifying residents of the case.
Judge Edward C. Prisock ultimately agreed with the city and allowed the trial to proceed, but attorneys for the opponents warned their argument will surface again.
At stake are 16.15 square miles from six different areas ringing the city. Some of the targeted land is undeveloped, but not all. Within these territories are 26 businesses, 20 subdivisions and 2,800 residents.
More than 100 residents formally object to the annexation, as do Lee County and the cities of Plantersville and Saltillo.

Read full coverage of the annexation trial in Tuesday’s NEMS Daily Journal.