Resident Makes Feelings Clear

As efforts get underway to close a portion of Valley Road in Lauderdale County, one resident is taking action.

Bob Gray lives on Valley Road, and is unhappy with the decision.

The East Mississippi Business Development Corporation made the request to close the section on behalf of Atlas Roofing, which has vehicles crossing the road frequently, in the course of its work day.

Although Gray says he can't change the vote, he said he hopes to spearhead change on the board that approved it.

Gray has placed signs calling for supervisors Craig Hitt, Joe Norwood and Hank Florey not to be re-elected. They are the three supervisors who voted to close that portion of the road.

"The case they were using was safety, and in that stretch of road, as far as anybody can determine in the 50 years that Atlas has been there, there's never been an accident," said Gray. "So, where's the case for safety?"

"Just like the people who live on Valley Road, there was 125 people that work at Atlas that live in Lauderdale County, and a great percentage of those live in my district," said District 4 supervisor Joe Norwood. "So, I have to listen to their needs as well, and it wasn't about convenience for them. It was about their livelihood."

Newscenter 11 put in a call but did not receive a response as of news time from Florey. Hitt declined to comment.

Gray says he plans to keep the signs in his yard until the supervisors' elections in 2011.

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