Home » MBJ FEATURE » Reelection of Smithville mayor signals support for growth of tornado-ravaged town

Reelection of Smithville mayor signals support for growth of tornado-ravaged town

Smithville mayor Gregg Kennedy (left) talks with a FEMA official about cleanup efforts in the aftermath of the 2011 EF-5 tornado that devastated his town. (Photo by FEMA)

Smithville mayor Gregg Kennedy (left) talks with a FEMA official about cleanup efforts in the aftermath of the 2011 EF-5 tornado that devastated his town. (Photo by FEMA)

SMITHVILLE, Mississippi – The question of whether this tiny community ravaged two years ago by a killer tornado is ready for land-use controls and an annexation strategy received an affirmative answer from voters Tuesday.

In a campaign seen as an up-or-down vote on his call for comprehensive land-use planning and the annexation of nearby unincorporated parts of Monroe County, incumbent Smithville Mayor Gregg Kennedy defeated opponent Holly Cooley with 161 votes to Cooley’s 49 in the town’s general election.

Read more in today’s Business Blog.

BEFORE YOU GO…

… we’d like to ask for your support. More people are reading the Mississippi Business Journal than ever before, but advertising revenues for all conventional media are falling fast. Unlike many, we do not use a pay wall, because we want to continue providing Mississippi’s most comprehensive business news each and every day. But that takes time, money and hard work. We do it because it is important to us … and equally important to you, if you value the flow of trustworthy news and information which have always kept America strong and free for more than 200 years.

If those who read our content will help fund it, we can continue to bring you the very best in news and information. Please consider joining us as a valued member, or if you prefer, make a one-time contribution.

Click for more info

About Ted Carter

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*