Facing a possible loss of the Corinth driver’s license office, the Alcorn County Board of Supervisors approved an agreement this past week aimed at keeping it local.

The board signed onto a memorandum of understanding with Northeast Mississippi Community College and the Mississippi Department of Public Safety. Board Attorney Bill Davis said the college is agreeable to continuing to house the driver’s license office at Northeast at Corinth on South Harper Road and to provide the funding for some minor construction requested by the Department of Public Safety, which plans to add computer terminals to accommodate three additional workers.

The college wants the location to not be a sex offender registry site, Davis said, but that will apparently be up to DPS.

If the local office did not accommodate the expansion, DPS had indicated the office would possibly move to another county in the region.

In other business:

The county is releasing approximately $25,000 funding to the Jacinto Foundation at the request of the new board, which is working on various projects.

Dale Fortenberry told supervisors the board is going to do new signage on the highways to help people find the Jacinto Courthouse. He said he recently encountered some folks who learned about the courthouse at Brice’s Crossroads in Baldwyn and had to make three stops for directions on the way to the courthouse.

A new website is planned to help promote the historic site, and Fortenberry said the board is looking at soliciting private donations to build a pavilion.

Corinth-Alcorn Animal Shelter Director Charlotte Doehner, presenting the annual budget request and report, told the board the ACSpay program is “really taking off.” To date, it has spayed or neutered 165 cats and 373 dogs. The shelter’s research indicates Alcorn County is home to approximately 9,800 dogs and 11,000 cats, with less than 10 percent having been spayed or neutered by their owners. The shelter is requesting both the county and city contribute $12,000 to support the program in the coming year.

The shelter is requesting $73,851 for its annual contract with the county, which would be an increase from $50,000.

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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