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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  • by jbrat Location: Valley Road on May 13, 2010 at 03:35 PM
    Nick doesn't seem to know what he is talking about either. If he knew the facts then maybe he would have a different opinion. This effects more than just the residents of Valley Road, it effects Clarke County, also. They travel this road to work, and spend money in Meridian. The fight isn't over yet.
  • by Agree on May 13, 2010 at 02:54 PM
    i agree with Mr Gray on everything execpt none of the supervisor need to be re-elected' More people should put these signs in their yard .No Hitt ,No Norwood No Flory ,No Boswell , No Newell !
  • by Don Location: Lauderdale on May 13, 2010 at 02:42 PM
    The story is what living in America is all about. It doesn't matter whether a person is right or wrong he has the right to protest.
  • by MICHELLE Location: MERIDIAN on May 13, 2010 at 10:01 AM
    Obviously Nick Papawhatever?doesn't live in South Meridian.AND YOU DON'T CARE CAUSE IT WON"T AFFECT YOU!as for the supervisors-Joe is not going to be re-elected by the good folks of his district.He had done Zero for us.No one wants Atlas employeees to loose their jobs/but we all know that their is NO safety issue!Time will tell-SOMETHING ELSE BEHIND IT! Mr.Gray still lives in America,(we still have Freedom of Speech)he can display whatever he wants in his own yard.BRAVO BOB-KEEP THE SPIRIT GOING!
  • by Nick Papagiorgio on May 13, 2010 at 06:36 AM
    Too bad no one will see the signs since he lives on Valley Road! OOOHHHH SNAPPPPP!!!
  • by Clarkdale Location: Zero on May 12, 2010 at 09:20 PM
    I promise this man in the story is in the minority. Of course Ray Ray will win his district. Most people in District 5 are to stupied to vote him out, And from what I hear Newell's District is tired of him looking at Ray Ray before every votes and doing what Boswell wants him to. Heck...he hasn't had an idea of his on sense he was elected. Most people in his district say he is out next election anyway. As for the other 3 Supervisors good job on voting for the common good of the county. Keep up the good work. Just a couple more years and Ray Ray will back to a one man vote.
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