Opinions

Thanks to Chamber Board’s vision

ONE MORE TIME Comment & Observation By JOE LEE III        As a veteran chamber member and twice president, the Grenada County Chamber of Commerce has been close to my heart since my first term on the board of directors some five decades ago.      Like many volunteers who have worked with the chamber over the…

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Merger sharpens development focus

By Matthew Harrison, Executive Director Grenada County Economic Development District The Greater Grenada Foundation for Economic Development is excited about the future possibilities that this consolidation represents.  The GGFED and the chamber’s mission have always been to impact our community through job growth and sustainability. We now have the opportunity to utilize our resources and leadership…

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Tick bite eliminates BBQ ribs

ONE MORE TIME — Comment & Observation — By Joe Lee III      Thank goodness Blue Cross of Mississippi and the University of Mississippi Medical Center recently came to an agreement on billing. Anyone who has tried to decipher a medical bill and the accompanying insurance payment knows how confusing it is. The whole system…

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Rail line purchase boosts Grenada

ONE MORE TIME — Comment & Observation — By Joe Lee III Great news last week concerning the rail line running through Grenada and connecting the Southaven/Memphis rail yard with the Canton/Jackson rail yard. The line has been sold to a Florida group, and, hopefully, the rails between Elliott and Canton will be brought up…

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City working to make progress on road and new business

ONE MORE TIME Comment & Observation By Joe Lee III   Journalists hate to report any news that turns out to be inaccurate. Last week this column ran a story pointing out the problems with the frontage road in the Southwest quadrant of Exit 206 of Interstate I-55. Soon after the column ran, City Manager…

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Some say we need to do something

ONE MORE TIME Comment & Observation By Joe Lee III   Recently a friend, who is not a big promoter of the proposed new tourism tax and sports park project, declared, ”We’ve got to do something, our town is just dying on the vine.” It is sad that there is a certain amount of logic…

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Cities need sales tax revenue

ONE MORE TIME Comment & Observation By Joe Lee III The city leaders of Columbus and Oxford last week unanimously passed resolutions calling for a special session of the legislature to pass a law sharing online tax revenue with Mississippi cities. Mississippi cities receive 18.5% of the state’s seven percent sales tax for sales occurring…

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Past finances haunt sports complex

 An EDITORIAL Recently the City of Grenada, the Grenada Tourism Commission, and the Grenada Economic Development District held a public forum to inform and discuss a proposed sports complex along with the tourism tax increase necessary to construct the project. The presentation was well done, and we have little doubt that the project would be…

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U.S. should charge countries for refugees

ONE MORE TIME Comment & Observation By Joe Lee III      The Trump administration continues to draw criticism for separating little children from their parents.      Everyone I know agrees that it is bad, very bad, to separate small children from parents. There is, however, a simple — very simple — solution.      Parents: don’t cross the border…

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Let your views be known; Study the answers carefully

An EDITORIAL             Tuesday afternoon a public meeting is scheduled to discuss the pros and cons of an increase in Grenada’s tourism tax to build a sports complex. We urge you to attend and to learn the answers to the following questions: Has the there been an in-depth feasibility study made of the project? How…

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