Corinth leaders are throwing their support behind making Juneteenth a state holiday in Mississippi.

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen on Tuesday issued a proclamation supporting an official observance of the day. Mayor Tommy Irwin said it’s the right thing to do and noted it is a holiday in a majority of states.

Observed annually on June 19, Juneteenth is a celebration of the emancipation of slaves in the United States.

In other business before the board this week:

n The Board of Aldermen and the Alcorn County Board of Supervisors both passed resolutions supporting Magnolia Regional Health Center’s decision to exercise a limited waiver granted by the hospital’s bond holders on a payment.

“Right now, we feel like we are on a good trajectory for the year, but we’re a little anxious about the next few weeks,” Magnolia CEO Jim Hobson told the Daily Corinthian. “We feel good about where we’re going as long as the world doesn’t turn completely sideways on us again.”

n In property cleanup matters, the board moved to adjudicate at 607 Scales Street, where Code Enforcement Officer Kim Ratliff said the city will pursue demolition of the house. The board also adjudicated 3854 Proper Street, gave a 30-day continuance for 6 Dennis Town Road and dismissed action on First United Methodist Church and 2003 Proper Street.

n Aldermen approved a street closure on July 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Martin Luther King Drive and Horton Street for a COVID-19 testing event.

n The board approved a beer license for Corner Express of Corinth at the corner of Cass Street and Meigg Street.

n Aldermen approved a plumber’s license for Keith Hawley.

Staff Writer

Jebb Johnston is a 1991 Alcorn Central High School graduate and a 1995 Ole Miss journalism graduate. His primary beats are city and county government.

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