By Josh Mitchell
Corinth Today News Editor
Democrat Lowell Hinton of Corinth is seeking his third term as District 1 Alcorn County supervisor.
Hinton has one opponent in the race so far — Democrat Jerry Miller of Corinth.
Hinton said the board of supervisors has been a part of numerous large accomplishments during his tenure. He is seeking re-election because he wants to be part of the county’s continued progress, he said.
The county’s financial standing has greatly improved during his time in office, Hinton said.
He noted that the county at one point was unable to pay its bills without a loan and has now paid one of the loans back and will pay the other off next year. The county now has surplus funds, he added.
Drawing more industry to the county is one of Hinton’s main goals. He noted that the board of supervisors worked with The Alliance to acquire 400 acres for industrial development. The property has railroad access and other nearby infrastructure, including water, electricity and waste water facilities.
It is one of the more attractive parcels for industrial development in the Southeast, Hinton said. The Tennessee Valley Authority has also been involved with trying to get an industry to locate to the property, he added.
The $4.5 million upgrade to Crossroads Regional Park, which included a new baseball complex, will draw teams from out of town to Corinth to compete, Hinton said. That project was done without raising taxes, he said. Bringing these teams to the community is good for retail sales, Hinton said, adding that another hotel may be needed in the community.
Hinton also said the unemployment rate was 12.9 percent when he took office and is now only about 3.9 percent. The county also worked with The Alliance to bring Avectus and its 300 jobs to Corinth, Hinton said.
He and the other supervisors also saved the county money by refinancing bonds for the regional prison to get a better interest rate, he noted.
Improving roads in the county is an ongoing concern, and Hinton said he thinks the state is beginning to realize that the counties need more funding to keep up with rising costs of repairs.
Prior to serving as a county supervisor, Hinton was employed for 23 years with the Mississippi State Extension Service. He has also been a farmer and worked for the soil, water and conservation district.