Museum president thanks board for its support

RIPLEY – During their meeting Monday morning, the Tippah County Board of Supervisors heard from Tippah County Historical Musem President Odalene Coley, who thanked the board for its annual donation to the museum. “You’ve been very supportive of us, and we appreciate it,” she told supervisors. Mrs. Coley, who serves without pay in that position, joked to the board in opening remarks, “I’m not asking for a raise (in the $15,000 the county annually puts toward the museum’s budget), but if you’ve got any extra money around we could use it.” The museum charges no admission. “We’ve found we get more donations by not charging a fee,” she said. She told supervisors that the museum has only two paid employees – both part-time—and that the salary of one of them was no longer being paid by a federal program. To retain the employee, the museum will have to pay her at minimum wage for 20 hours weekly. The museum building does more than house county history. It serves as a meeting place for organizations such as the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the Tippah County Genealogical Society, and the Civitans. She advised the board that County Maintenance Supervisor Bobby Russell had placed insulation under the building’s floor, which should cut down heating bills. “We’ve received a lot of praise about the museum, but there’s still a lot we need to do.” She said.

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