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Readers Share Hopes for Community in 2018

Motorists enter the Corinth city limits on U.S. Highway 72 East. Some readers say a Highway 72 bypass is needed to alleviate congestion.

Staff reports

Corinth Today posted a question on its Facebook page on New Year’s Eve asking readers what their hopes were for Corinth and Alcorn County in 2018.

Below is a summary of the readers’ responses:

Numerous people said they would like to see more restaurants. Specific eateries mentioned included Chick-fil-A, Panera Bread, Wingstop and Buffalo Wild Wings.

Many readers said they hope for less violence and fewer drugs, such as methamphetamine. Some readers said they want to see better pay for law enforcement.

An improved job market with good pay for employees was another common theme.

More activities for children, teens and families was echoed by several readers, and a splash pad was one idea. Improved Internet and cellphone service for certain areas and a booming downtown were other things readers wanted to see in 2018.

A U.S. Highway 72 bypass in Corinth was also important for many readers. Numerous people said the traffic on Highway 72 is bad and that they try to avoid the roadway. However, it was also expressed that a bypass could negatively impact businesses on the highway.

Many said they would like to see unsightly properties, such as abandoned buildings, cleaned up. There should be an effort to improve the appearance of the entryway into Corinth along Highway 72 to give people a better impression of the community, several people said.

Readers also said they want to see more industry and growth in the community, better roads, more events at the Crossroads Arena, homeless shelters, honesty from politicians, heightened citizen engagement in government and no tax increases for senior citizens. Others asked for a dog park and a crackdown on irresponsible pet owners.

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