Residents Sound Off on Road Closure Proposal

A public hearing was held Monday night at South Volunteer Fire Department to discuss the possible closure of a portion of Valley Road.

Economic development officials say it is needed to allow for expansion at Atlas Roofing and to make it safer for employees.

However, not everyone wants to see the road close, including a group that says the closure will hinder visitation to the grave site of slain civil rights worker James Chaney. The burial site is located at a church on a road off of Valley Road.

"It's time for our community to come together," said the Rev. Sam Thompson, pastor of 31st Avenue Missionary Baptist Church. "There are several issues, and this in my opinion, is one of the bigger ones. So we are meeting to try and change some minds when it comes to Valley Road. "

Along with this group, other residents also oppose the idea of closing that portion of Valley Road.

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  • by Guy Gyverson Location: Meridian on Mar 4, 2010 at 12:07 PM
    MLK is to scary i feel like im gonna get robbed at gun point going that way!!!!!
  • by Duane on Mar 3, 2010 at 06:10 PM
    What needs to happen is all people involved Atlas roofing ,citizens, embdc, the county supervisors and city counsel members and Mayor... And have a old fashion town meeting and see who is telling the truth and what the real reason why this needs to happen .I bet people will be sweating like a ____ in church... Because there will be nowhere to hide when you have to answer a direct question ..And have no where to hide... Thank you and goodnight..
  • by Robert Location: Meridian on Mar 3, 2010 at 06:06 PM
    I agree. Peavey is a joke. The best thing to ever happen to Meridian would be for Peavey to leave Meridian. Short term it would hurt, but long term it would be a huge positive for Meridian. Meridian would have many more high paying jobs if not for Hartley Peavey. I say get a union at Peavey.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 3, 2010 at 04:32 PM
    I bet if Peavey's wanted the road closed, everyone would be falling over themselves to do it. We are always catering to him and he doesn't even come close to how much Atlas pays it's employees.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 3, 2010 at 11:49 AM
    Go around to the MLK exit on the interstate, it is not that far out of the way. People are acting like going around the small section of Valley Rd. will take 1 hour or so!
  • by community conscience Location: around on Mar 3, 2010 at 09:54 AM
    Please stop insulting each other. Wade Jones (EMBDC) is interested in improving Meridian/LC. Atlas Roofing should be interesting in improving Meridian/LC. The Valley Rd Action Group wants to improve Meridian/LC. All want jobs to stay and increase. All want a safe community. Please do not do this: WE are the good ones--You are the bad ones. No! We are all good ones trying to do what is best for our community. Let's organize the facts and present them in a dignified and civil way and then our community can see the benefits and problems on both sides. A tie goes to the Valley Road residents because possession is 9/10 of the law. We have the road. Make a case to close it. It should be a compelling reason(s) to close it. But let us do this with kindness and maturity. And don't let Ray Boswell run this issue.
  • by Valley Road Location: Resident on Mar 2, 2010 at 07:26 PM
    Remember that we are not asking to put a public road through an industrial site. They are asking us to close a public road to turn it into an industrial site. Atlas officials themselves have told our community action group that they will NOT CLOSE the plant if the road is not closed. They have also said that they have no plans to expand. We are baffled as to why EMBDC wants to close the road as a show of support to this and future companies. Why doesn't Wade close his own road?
  • by Jovanna Location: Meridian on Mar 2, 2010 at 06:19 PM
    The escalation of matter in my opinion is chiefly due to an over-zelous head of EMBDC who has daunted the truth with scare tactics and lies. An individual of this caliber should be tared, feathered, and run out of this great state. I only hope that our elected officials demand examination of facts and see through the smoke screen displayed by EMBDC. Mary, love your response to guy. Shows a lot of character, wisdom, and truth. No, closing Valley Road is not the answer. It will only evolve into larger and more dangerous problems.
  • by DUB on Mar 2, 2010 at 05:12 PM
    I believe Atlas needs to clean up there act over there instead of worrying about the road .. There drivers are the real danger to the people traveling that road . there forklifts and trucks will pull right out in front of you and not think twice.. and for the damage there doing to the water and air on valley road.. you can't tell me that there doing us any good health wise around here. instead of us fighting them about the road we need to fight them about our whole community... Close Atlas not the Road !!!
  • by FP Location: Meridian on Mar 2, 2010 at 04:06 PM
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