The Crossroads Marching Classic high school band competition will be stepping a little higher and playing a little louder when it returns this month, thanks to support from the Corinth Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The tourism board agreed to fund the event’s full $3,500 request at Tuesday morning’s regular monthly meeting.

Tourism has funded the classic $3,000 twice in previous recent years as it brings many high school bands and their supporters and friends to Corinth. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 25.

Proceeds from the marching competition go to support the Corinth High School Band. The request was made by CHS Director of Bands Ben Ratliff.

A second request to fund bleacher shade structures at the baseball/softball complex at Crossroads Regional Park was tabled.

Each shade shield cost an estimated $5,000 and 10 are needed, wrote park director Robin Baker in her request.

Although board members liked the idea, they thought more information was needed on the project, especially since sponsors are being sought for the proposed splash pad to be built in the park.

A ground breaking ceremony on the splash pad was held last month and work is expected to begin in the spring.

Board members praised the park leadership on continued improvements on the park’s facilities.

This week’s meeting was the last for Danny Timmons, current board president and board member who has served for eight years.

“It’s time for somebody else to do their community service,” said Timmons. “I sure have enjoyed my time on the board. It’s been fun. I have enjoyed working with everyone,” he said.

Timmons’ replacement has not been announced by the City of Corinth or Alcorn County as his slot is a joint city/county appointment.

Board member Vickie Vanderford was present at the meeting. She resigned from the board last month, but has agreed to serve until her replacement is named.

Her slot is also a joint city/county appointment.

Next month’s board meeting begins with Laura Albright as president, Russell Smith as vice-president, while Rickey Marecle has been named board secretary.


A 1981 University of Tennessee - Martin graduate, Mark Boehler has over 40 years of journalism experience. His wife Dawn is the love of his life and they share five grown children and 10 grandchildren. His passion is his work - writing and photography.

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