| Bill Joiner spoke on behalf of the residents of Highway 35. Joiner and others of the area informed the supervisors of their dislike of a proposed asphalt plan.
BY JASON C MATTOX
SENIOR STAFF WRITER
A proposed asphalt plant has residents on Highway 35 spitting gravel.
During a meeting Monday with the Panola County Board of Supervisors, Bill Joiner, spokesman, presented the supervisors with a sign-in sheet from a community meeting, and said they want the board to help block the asphalt plant. Supervisors could make a final decision as early as next week.
"We are here begging for your help with this problem," Joiner said.
According to Joiner, the asphalt plant would be constructed on property owned by Kenneth Brassell.
The property in question is located on Highway 35 South directly across from Joiner’s home and the Assembly of God Church.
"Although Mr. Brassell owns the property, Memphis Stone and Gravel has a five-year lease to use the property," he said.
According to Mark Haley, another resident of the area, the City of Batesville was going to take in the property during its recent annexation but Brassell did not want the property annexed.
"At the time," Haley said. "We were all happy that the property was not annexed by the city."
Joiner said the original plans called for the property to be used as a gravel mining operation and there was never a mention of the asphalt plant.