Supervisors Verbally Spar Over Shannon Road

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

A decision by the majority of the Lauderdale County board of supervisors did not sit well with District 5 supervisor, Ray Boswell.

The board voted 3-2 Thursday to re-open Shannon Road in District 5 to loggers.

The vote led to a long, testy exchange between Boswell and other members of the board.

The road was closed at the request of county engineer Neal Carson. The issue is that long trucks driving north out of Clarke County are damaging the road.

The only problem is that Shannon Road is the only one that can be used, because the Clarke County roads in other directions can't safely handle the heavy trucks. Loggers say they're landlocked without the use of Shannon Road.

After finding out other roads can't be used, supervisors Hank Florey, Craig Hitt and Joe Norwood voted to reverse the board's prior decision to prevent loggers from using Shannon Road. Boswell objected.

"Y'all want to run District five. And you want to continue sticking your nose in my business," said Boswell. "I will start spending my time in some of your business, and don't you believe I won't do that. Hey, you haven't seen nothing yet. You are going to see a bunch."

The other supervisors appeared to take Boswell's comments as a threat.

"I am going to watch every move you make," said Boswell.

"Do you think you are going to scare me or something?" asked District 3's Craig Hitt.

"No, I'm just telling you up front what I'm going to do," said Boswell.

Boswell also exchanged tense words with Florey, a supervisor once thought to be a political ally of Boswell's.

"I just want to say that I have felt the ire of Ray before, so it's nothing new to me," said Florey.

Meanwhile, timber industry representatives took Boswell's comments as an attack on their livelihood.

"He intends to bring it up again and again and again," said Ricky Goforth of the Lauderdale County Forestry Association. "So we will be here as part of the Lauderdale County Forestry Association to continue to fight against this.


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