CATEGORY: Alcorn County

AUTHOR: SUMMER

Corinth tourism grants top $80,000

By Jane Clark Summers

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH -More than $80,000 in grants has been earmarked for tourism promotion and preservation efforts in Corinth.

The Corinth Area Tourism Promotion Council last week awarded $60,000 in preservation grants and $20,500 in grants to help promote local tourist-related activities during the coming year. With carryover projects from last year, the amount of funds to be spent for preservation and promotion in 1997 totals $95,500.

Tourism Director Emy Bullard said the Coliseum Civic Center, Curlee House and the Northeast Mississippi Museum Association received more funds than the agencies requested.

The Corinth Area Arts Council, which is responsible for managing the Coliseum, received $26,000 to retire a debt due to emergency replacement of the air-conditioning system. Remaining funds will be used to repair and repaint exterior doors.

The council awarded $9,000 to Corinth Theatre Arts to help landscape the entrance of the theater building and install a drainage system to relieve flooding problems. Remaining funds will be used to make roof repairs and to brick walls on an addition.

The Northeast Mississippi Museum Association received $5,000 for plumbing and electrical work and other improvements at the museum.

The Siege and Battle of Corinth Commission received $20,000 for repairs at the Curlee House. Funds will be used to continue restoration work on the Curlee House and the guest cottage, which serves as the commission's headquarters and a Civil War Interpretative Center.

The tourism council has set aside $20,700 for advertisement and promotion of several community events planned for 1997. These promotional campaigns will help bring visitors to Corinth for the following activities: Hog Wild in Corinth, sponsored by the Alliance; Roscoe Turner Hot Air Balloon Race, sponsored by the Alliance; Railroad Festival, sponsored by the Corinth Depot; 1997 concert series, sponsored by the Corinth Symphony Orchestra; 1997 Corinth Theatre Arts play schedule; State Dixie softball Tournament to be held at Corinth Y; Downtown Association Christmas Parade and Slugburger Festival; Battle of Corinth Re-enactment, sponsored by the Possumtown Re-enactors and the NAACP Homecoming Reunion.

The council granted continuances to the following agencies for grant awards announced in 1996: Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston Camp 1660 Sons of Confederate Veterans, $1,000 for flag poles at Battery Robinett; $4,000 to United Daughters of the Confederacy for cannon restoration at Battery Robinett; $9,000 to Corinth Depot for restoration work at depot; $21,500 to Siege and Battle of Corinth Commission for Curlee House restoration.

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