Thursday, June 5, 2008
Childers’ ceremony Monday in county
By SUE WATSON
Travis Childers, newly-elected congressman, has chosen Marshall County as the first site of his district swearing-in ceremonies, according to Bill Renick.
The event will be held in the courtroom at 11 a.m. Monday, June 9. Afterward, there will be a reception for the new U.S. representative. He is serving the final months of a term vacated by Roger Wicker, appointed to replace Trent Lott, who retired from the U.S. Senate in December.
Renick, outgoing executive director of the Marshall County Industrial Development Authority, said many out-of-town guests are expected to attend the ceremony.
“It’s a big deal,” Renick said. “It is something for him to select Marshall County as the first site. He will do another swearing-in ceremony at West Point and at Calhoun City.”
Circuit clerk Lucy Carpenter said, “I just think it’s very exciting he would come to Marshall County and it seems like he is being responsive to the people.”
The day is also special as the circuit clerks will be holding a training seminar in Holly Springs the same day, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Monday at the Information Technology Center.
“It’s an advanced training session, one of four being conducted around the state, on the state-wide voter registry (state election management system),” said circuit clerk Lucy Carpenter.
This advanced user training is for circuit clerks and deputies. This is the third year they have been using the system, she said.
Monday, Renick presented the board of supervisors his last IDA report, ending a three-year endeavor to improve the economic advancement and community development. Supervisors expressed their appreciation for his public service.
He announced that IDA received a grant through the Mississippi Development Authority to pay for the development of a video (DVD) promoting the county. The DVD will be sent out to prospects looking for sites in Marshall County and will be put on the IDA website.
“Other counties have this and IDA is putting up the matching funds,” he said.
Renick said the money for expansion of Stonewall Road in Byhalia has come in and the engineering work will begin soon.
The airport also has received a $225,000 grant to put in a fuel farm, Renick said.
He commended airport commissioner Bill York and airport manager Justin Hall for the application for the grant to build the fuel farm.
Combined with a prior grant announced just a month ago, Renick said $500,000 in grants received, including the fuel farm grant and a hangar and tie-down grant, will bring in proceeds to the county.
“It will be the envy of a lot of people,” he said. “The fuel farm will lead to lots more touchdowns.”
IDA will put new signs on Highway 78 (future Interstate-22), to advertise the new hangars and tie-downs.
Renick then expressed gratitude to the board of supervisors for his three years with IDA.
“I just want to tell y’all what a pleasure it has been for me to work with y’all,” he said. “I can’t remember a single time when the board of supervisors did not support everything we were trying to do. There are millions of dollars in grants and new businesses - a tribute to Marshall County.
“I could not ask for a more cooperative group. The citizens of Marshall County are well served. I honestly believe the best is in front of you and Marshall County will be the envy of many.”
Each supervisor praised and gave their personal thanks to Renick for his service.
“You have been an asset and I really hate to see you go,” said supervisor Willie Flemon.
“He’s not running plum off,” said supervisor Ronnie Joe Bennett. “I hate to see you go, too.”
Supervisor Eddie Dixon thanked Renick for keeping the board informed and Bennett said Renick was the best ever at that. Supervisor Keith Taylor agreed, and added that Renick had shown the board respect.
“I also want to say you did a wonderful job,” said supervisor George Zinn III. “You’ve always been straight with us.”
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