Supervisor Grisham talks about new position

District 3 supervisor, Dennis Grisham, of Tippah County holds an office that many consider one of the most powerful positions in the state. He recently took the reins as president of the Mississippi Association of Supervisors. Corinth Bureau reporter Lena Mitchell and Southern Sentinel editor Hank Wiesner recently asked Grisham about the association’s plans. Q: What are some things you and the Mississippi Association of Supervisors hope to accomplish during your year as president? A: We want to bring greater unity to the relationship between the state legislators and the boards of supervisors across the state. We can get a lot done working together. Last year there was a lot of disagreement about the homestead exemption. It’s a good program that everybody would like to support, but it would cost some of the smaller counties something like $200,000 or $300,000 a year. That’s a big chunk out of the budget of a small county like ours, and you have to draw the line somewhere. We want to increase the dialogue between supervisors and legislators so that supervisors have some input on decisions like these. Q: What are some of the best ways the MAS serves its members? A: The educational workshops is probably one of the best benefits we have. Twice a year we have sessions that give us a chance to get a broader view from other supervisors across the state. We have some of the same problems and the sessions bring us all together. Our executive director does a great job with all of that. Q: What do you consider one of the greatest successes of MAS? A: We have a scholarship program that gives a scholarship to three freshman students from every county in the state who attends a community college in the state. The program is funded by an annual donation from the MAS to the Mississippi Community College Foundation, and students apply for an MAS scholarship through the school they plan to attend. We provide the program because the community college system is the first link in the secondary education system. All 410 county supervisors believe that if they can provide some financial assistance that might not otherwise be available, they can encourage more students to begin the process of furthering their educational goals. MAS believes that a strong education is a strong future.

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