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City, museum get state funds

More than half a million is coming to Corinth following the adjournment of the Legislative session on Friday.

The city will receive $500,000 for Wenasoga area sewer improvements, while the Crossroads Museum will get $25,000 for operations.

Rep. Nick Bain (R-Corinth) said the funds are "real money and not borrowed" that will be disbursed in July.

The city will use the money for an overall $1.9 million project to address an expensive sanitary rehabilitation problem in northwest Corinth in the Wenasoga Road area. It will replace deteriorated lines and equipment that were constructed more than 70 years ago.

Bain said the city plans to apply for several regional grants for the project, as well.

The museum's portion will come from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History spending budget, according to Bain. The money has some stipulations as to how it can be spent, but Bain said uses should include general operations, exhibits, capital improvements and long term investments at the Corinth Depot building.

"It is my hope that this money gives the local museum the 'shot in the arm' that they need to stay open," Bain told the Daily Corinthian.

Prior to his Legislative career, Bain served on the museum's Board of Directors.

"I know how important it is that we preserve our history and the arts," he said. "One of the best ways to do that is by supporting local museums."

Another project Bain worked on this session did not pass.

He initially asked for $300,000 in special project money to assist the Crossroads Regional Park construct a splash pad.

"We were on track to get the splash pad money, but then this sewer project came along.," said Bain. "I just couldn't justify working to get money for a splash pad when I knew sewer was creeping into Alcorn County homes."

Bain said it was a team effort on the projects from his fellow local lawmakers Sen. Rita Potts Parks (R-Corinth) and Rep. Lester "Bubba" Carpenter (R-Burnsville).

Parks also secured funds for several Tippah County projects.