CATEGORY: Alcorn County
Corinth woman named state's tourism volunteer of year
By Jane Clark Summers
Daily Journal Corinth Bureau
CORINTH - A Corinth woman who has been instrumental in preserving Civil War sites has been honored by the Mississippi Division of Tourism.
Rosemary Williams, chairman of the Siege and Battle of Corinth Commission, received the Mississippi Community Volunteer of the Year Award during the Mississippi Governor's Conference on Tourism in Jackson earlier this week.
The honor was given in recognition of Williams' outstanding leadership, dedicated service and contribution to the tourism industry in Mississippi. Williams was chosen from 10 nominees for the award. She was nominated by the Alliance, Alcorn County's economic and community development organization which also oversees tourism efforts.
Some of Williams' accomplishments during 1995 cited as reasons for her nomination and selection included:
- Under Williams' leadership, the Siege and Battle of Corinth Commission received a $1.4 million federal grant to construct 20 miles of hiking and biking trails that will connect National Historic Landmark sites in Alcorn County. The city of Corinth and county will provide $500,000 in matching funds to complete the project, which is expected to be a major tourist attraction.
-Along with other commission members, Williams assisted a National Park Service team in completing two phases of a Global Position Systems mapping survey of the Civil War sites in Alcorn County. The survey report will provide a computer database of mapping and historic information, a necessity for generating accurate maps of historic resources.
- Williams has worked with consultants on plans for a Civil War interpretative center and appeared before congressional subcommittees seeking funding for the center and a museum to house artifacts.
- Williams arranged a one-day tour of Corinth for 150 members of the Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites, a nonprofit group based in Virginia.
-She worked with officials at Shiloh National Military Park to set up a temporary post office at the Curlee House to sell first-day issues of commemorative Civil War stamps.
Also honored for his work in developing tourism was Northern District Department of Transportation Commissioner Zack Stewart, who received a Friends of Tourism award during the conference.