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.

Do you think Shannon Road should be open or closed to loaded log trucks?

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  • by Anonymous on Mar 30, 2010 at 03:15 PM
    look the whole group there is a joke and the trouble is the people of the county keeps putting them back in there.. miss handling of moneys ... vol fire depts told unless all the trucks are down to fix them your SOL... and when there is a loss of life then will see the fingers pointed asap ...
  • by lol on Mar 30, 2010 at 07:01 AM
    Ray Boswell is a entertainer and the county knows it. That's why nothing has been done about his position. Lauderdale county laughing at you Ray Ray.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 29, 2010 at 12:56 PM
    Timber is a crop like any other.It is renewable & important to our area.Does anyone remember that Ray is a convicted criminal?Yeah,I know it is off the records but it doesn't change what he did.I think that the real Ray Boswell just stood up.He could only fake it for so long. Threats made in a public meeting by an elected official are embarrassing and reflect on the rest of the people in this county.The idea is to work out problems not complicate them by trying to scare people.
  • by Rosalind Location: Whynot on Mar 29, 2010 at 08:09 AM
    I'm not going to make any comments about Ray or any of the other supervisors... What I have to say is... I have no problem with the log trucks traveling on Shannon Road or Whynot Alamucha road as long as they qut driving 90 miles an hour. I have been in fear of my life driving these roads when meeting a log truck. If these drivers would use some common sense and RESPECT the roads might not be in such bad condition.
  • by Trey Location: Meridian on Mar 29, 2010 at 06:31 AM
    Boswell needs to go, plain and simple. He has repeatedly made the constituents of his district look like fools for putting him back in office. I'd be embarrassed if I were in his district. Ray it's time to go!
  • by resident Location: county on Mar 27, 2010 at 10:07 PM
    Ray Boswell is NOT the ONLY supervisor who listens to his constituents. We have other good supervisors & Ray needs to go. His time has well come to an end. He is not only an embarrassment to Lauderdale County but District 5 as well. The people there just don't seem to realize it. It must've been them that all voted against the curbside just as Boswell did. He is keeping Lauderdale County from growing & his district in the gutter. He is selfish & considers himself "the man". Get him out, plain & simple. Let Lauderdale County grow & stop the bickering. Give somebody else a chance to work with the current supervisors & get something positive going in the county. And, I don't really see anybody "bickering" except for Ray. For the others, it's simple frustration!!! Please District 5 -- wake up! wake up! wake up!!!!! OR, are the ballot boxes stuffed for/by Boswell himself...hummm?
  • by Lillie Location: Not From Lauderdale County on Mar 26, 2010 at 09:25 PM
    If I lived in Lauderdale County,I would be embarrased at the bickering these children who are called supervisors. 5 year olds get along better than these big babies.
  • by Laura Location: Meridian on Mar 26, 2010 at 09:18 PM
    Please, please get Ray Boswell out of county government; he does not have the best interests of Lauderdale County at heart, and he is a totally embarrassing fixture on the Board of Supervisors. His personal life is also up for discussion, but that's another story all together. Get this jerk away from us, District 5 voters---you are the only ones that can accomplish this by voting him out of office.
  • by Jo Location: DeKalb on Mar 26, 2010 at 02:27 PM
    Why do the people of Beat 5 keep electing Mr. Boswell? I realize I don't live in Lauderdale, and don't have a right to an opinion, but really, aren't you embarrassed by the man? He is totally out of control. All bodies of government disagree on things, but Mr. Boswell makes it personal and threatens other members of the board. He is ridiculous. He still lives in the 19th century.
  • by Anonymous Location: District 5 on Mar 26, 2010 at 01:43 PM
    What I would like to know is why the Lauderdale County side of Shannon road has damage when the Clarke county side does not! When was the last time Shannon road had any maintance done? You can't blame log trucks for tearing up a road that was in poor condition to begin with!
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