With construction in progress at the Mission Forest Products site, work can soon began on a new road to the facility.

The Alcorn County Board of Supervisors on Monday awarded a contract for construction of the Mission Forest Products access road to Xcavators Inc. of Falkner at a cost of $1,776,646.36.

Some 250 trucks a day are expected to either enter or exit the site, where the goal is for the first log to go into the mill in March. It is located off the Kimberly-Clark Parkway east of Corinth.

The winning bid was the lowest among five that went as high as $2.17 million. The Mississippi Development Authority must also give approval on the awarding of the contract.

In other business on Monday:

n The board gave approval for the hiring of Fred Washington as a school resource officer. Currently employed with the Corinth Police Department, Washington will be working on the Biggersville campus.

n The board gave approval for both the Corinth Coliseum and the former Tad’s Pizza building on North Cass Street to serve as a temporary location for trials, jury selection and other court business for circuit court during the current term.

n The architect for the courtroom and courthouse renovation project submitted a revised estimate of $2.48 million for completing the entire project based on some changing costs for materials. The previous estimate was $2.16 million.

The board has not yet decided which portions of the project to do. The architect is also looking for grant opportunities for the renovation.

The current roof replacement project is nearing completion with a few more weeks to go.

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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