CATEGORY: Alcorn County

AUTHOR: SUMMER

HED:Convention center director meets Corinth, Alcorn County officials

By Jane Clark Summers

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH - The new director of the Crossroads Convention Center met with city and county elected officials Tuesday.

Frank Cable, who previously worked with the Tupelo Coliseum, began his official duties as director of the Crossroads Convention Center last week.

Bringing Corinth aldermen up to date on construction progress of the multipurpose facility, Cable said rainy weather earlier this year has delayed completion of the center by several months.

Originally scheduled to open in March 1999, the completion date may be pushed up to September, Cable said.

It may be possible to schedule some outside events prior to that time, he said. Several calls have been received already from persons requesting booking dates, he said.

In response to a question from Alderwoman Betty Hathcock, Cable said there should be no trouble booking events every weekend once the facility is completed.

"This is going to be a state-of-the-art facility with the largest indoor arena in the state," Cable said.

The market area for the facility will extend into western Tennessee and northwestern Alabama as well as Mississippi, he said.

Cable met with the Alcorn County Board of Supervisors Tuesday morning.

Property complaints

In other action Tuesday, the board of aldermen gave businessman Larry Meeks another six weeks to clean up property on Fillmore Street in downtown Corinth. The board previously declared the large assortment of junked motorcycles parked outside the business, Larry's Cycle Shop, as a nuisance to public health and safety and asked the owner to clean up the premises.

Meeks said he had had problems hiring someone to help him clean up the property.

The board heard from another resident, Annie Pollard, who complained about the conditions of property in her neighborhood. Vacant houses and lots in the area of Ross and Allen streets have become a "dumping ground," Pollard said.

Mayor Jerry Latch told Pollard that the board is aware of the conditions and is trying to locate the owners to advise them to clean up the property.

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