By SUE WATSON
More than 400 people helped celebrate the inauguration of Volvo Group America’s one-million-square-foot central distribution facility in Marshall County Tuesday.
Volvo recognized its 250 employees at the Byhalia facility and 70 Volvo VIPs from around the world. The event included a guided tour, speeches and video, and a delicious lunch prepared by Southern Pride Bar-B-Q.
Fifteen corporate employees from the home office in Sweden were in attendance.
Members of nearby municipal governments in North Mississippi and West Tennessee, members of the Marshall County Board of Supervisors, and the entire local delegation to Jackson were present.
Volvo is operating two shifts at the facility and has three product lines moved in. The facility is state-of-the art and has about $50 million in inventory. When in full operation, the facility will have double that inventory.
The $70 million facility handles all the aftermarket parts for Volvo Mack and Volvo truck brands, Volvo Construction Equipment and Penta Marine equipment. The perimeter of the facility is one mile and the building is surrounded by a campus.
Photo by Kerry Reid
Enjoying a carnival ride at the Byhalia Festival are Alisha Ortiz, Brett Hicks, Selena Ortiz, Michael Mills, Jaliyah Culp, Janieyah Culp, Caleigh Easterling and Lukas Anderson. The recent festival was sponsored by the Byhalia Lions Club.
By BARRY BURLESON
The Marshall County Sheriff’s Department is investigating two armed robberies and a shooting.
Maj. Kelly McMillen said deputies were dispatched to the 2300 block of Highway 311 North on Saturday at 3:15 p.m. in reference to an armed robbery.
The victim said someone knocked on his back door, and when he opened the door, a black male with covering on his face robbed him at gunpoint of approximately $40 in cash.Read more...
By SUE WATSON
Ken Jones, executive director of the Marshall County Zoning Board, said inquiries about permits for solar panels is picking up in the county.
Two people want to put solar collectors on the tops of barns, and one request involves a ground-based solar farm.
He made recommendations regarding the price of a permit based upon multiples of $1,000 dollar investment.
By SUE WATSON
Business leaders from around the downtown square met with Mayor Kelvin Buck and some aldermen Thursday night to discuss what can be done to make the city more attractive.
The hour and a half meeting covered issues such as the need for a cleaner, more appealing downtown business district and the need to fill empty storefronts.
The mayor is pushing an initiative to get trash off the streets and do something about dilapidated and unoccupied buildings. The city, in short, is in need of a facelift.
Photos by Ronnie Day
A highlight of this year’s Byhalia Festival was the J Bar B Rodeo, coordinated by Jerry Bolden. The rodeo was held on Friday and Saturday nights, June 19-20, during the festival, sponsored by the Byhalia Lions Club. Pictured (clockwise from top) are Tyler Steen taking a tumble in the bareback bronc competition; Chris Burrows winning first place in free style bull fighting, Emma Twisdale participating in barrel racing; Kyle Wood leaving the chute in the bareback bronc competition; and Bet Langley competing in barrel racing.
NBA still in the news
While some teams which carried the battles to the bitter ends in the NBA playoffs have been looking to heal bruises after their wins and losses, others have been working out their draft directions. Not unlike the NFL, the NBA draft can involve a multitude of wheeling and deals. First and foremost would be the personnel assessment, just what does the franchise need to most improve its lot.Read more...
Tom Stewart celebrates birthday
Happy half a century to Tom Stewart, co-owner of Southern Eatery! If y’all are out and about, pop in to wish him a happy day!
The most fabulous memory I have of Peggy Shaw was when she put a tanning bed in her beauty salon in town. She was one of the most forward thinking ladies I knew. She started a trend long before its time, although hers was more a tanning closet.
Miss Peggy always had a smile and kind, warm words for everyone. She would tell you what she thought without ever daring to hurt your feelings. She was so compassionate and loving.
There was a celebration in Heaven when the gates opened, as I’m sure her amazing husband, John, was waiting with open arms! She will be missed, yet never forgotten!
If you are looking for fresh – it’s here
Now is the time for planting wonderful things, as well enjoying homemade goodies!
Angel Wings Greenhouse on Old Hwy. 78 has a wonderful assortment of plants and trees from which to choose. I had never seen pomegranate or eucalyptus trees until I saw a Facebook post about them. The staff there is wonderful and very helpful. They know all about where your purchases should be planted and how to tend to them. I am so glad to have seen the post!Read more...