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QC Names Bridge After HOFer Cortez Kennedy


The Mississippi County Quorum Court agreed to name the Highway 14 bridge in honor of late NFL Hall of Famer and Wilson native Cortez Kennedy.

With the absence of County Judge John Alan Nelson Tuesday night, Justice Michael White presided over the June Quorum Court meeting. Justices not present for meeting were Bill Nelson and Slyvester Belcher.

The other justices unanimously passed a resolution honoring Kennedy with the new name of the bridge, which is southwest of the Rivercrest School District.

Kennedy passed away on May 23, 2017 at the age of 48. He played defensive tackle for the Seattle Seahawks and is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

Justice Howard “Bubba” Norvell said that Kennedy was a “friend of mine.”

Judge Nelson’s assistant Cindy George said Judge Nelson asked her to draw up the resolution and to petition the Arkansas Department of Transportation to support naming the bridge.

Norvell moved to adopt the resolution and Justice Betty Hepler seconded the motion.

Also approved were five ordinances concerning courtroom security, a short-term lease for the John Deere tractor at the landfill, creating a slot for a janitorial employee at the Osceola courthouse, changing hours of janitorial positions in the 2019 budget and lastly the commitments from NuArk and White Gold Mills.

County Treasurer Peggy Meatte stated the interest rate from Farmers Bank and Trust was 2.76 percent.

The County General as of June 25 had $1,462,186.92 and the County General CD Fund had $2,802,372.37.

NuArk and White Gold are creating a total of 65 new jobs.

White Gold Mill, a cotton seed oil mill, plans to hire 55 people and would receive a $12,000 per employee incentive if the worker lives in Mississippi County.

NuArk is adding 10 positions.

The company would receive $10,000 per job held by a Mississippi County resident and half of that for Dunklin and Pemiscot residents.

White stated that in July committees will be discussing JESAP and trying to bring every county employee up to at least midpoint.