Clarksdale Considers Historical Marker for Tennessee Williams

CLARKSDALE, MS (Ben Caxton) — At Monday’s meeting, the Clarksdale city board heard a presentation from a group headed by Panny Mayfield, asking the city to support a Mississippi Literary Trail marker honoring Tennessee Williams, and one from Darrell Dixon of the North Delta Housing Authority asking the city to support their application for home grants to repair substandard residences. A public hearing will be held July 25th to provide information and application requirements for those grants. Mac Crank and Arch Corley detailed plans to improve the city’s entry corridors, bridges, and flooding. New traffic signals should be at three intersections on State Street by the end of the year with curbs, gutters, and landscaping to follow next year. After public meetings on flooding, engineering firm Neel-Shafer will undertake a drainage study this year and Mayor Chuck Espy said he hopes to have noticeable drainage improvements citywide within the next three years. Debris under the bridge on Friars Point Road near Lee Drive will also be cleared and funding is being sought to improve the Second Street Bridge. Economic director Mac Crank will step down on August 1st; he did not give a reason for leaving, simply saying “it’s time”. Crank became the city’s grant writer after several years as head of Clarksdale Revitalization.


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