West Point selectmen awarded Missouri-based KAJACS Contractors the contract for water and sewer extension to what will be the Yokohama Tire Company site in Clay County during their meeting Tuesday.
They are out there now, those pieces of stray cotton crowding the edges of some Golden Triangle roads. For decades, around this time of year when farmers head into fields to harvest, cotton has been roadside scenery in Mississippi.
As part of its "Grand Design 100" strategy, Yokohama Tire Company has a campaign called Forever Forest, a pledge the corporation has made to plant 500,000 trees around each of its worldwide locations by 2017.
A couple of years ago, when Lowndes County road manager Ronnie Burns was driving around near Caledonia doing routine checks, he kept noticing an unusually high number of road signs missing. Someone told Burns a vehicle often parked near the spots where the markers disappeared.
Sealed bids for water and sewer system expansions on East Hazelwood Road in Clay County where Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Mississippi is locating its plant were opened during Wednesday's West Point Board of Selectmen meeting.
"Some people say Mississippi's a club," Joe Max Higgins said Monday. "Mississippi is a family, and we've got new family members in the house today, folks." Higgins, the Golden Triangle Development Link CEO, was referring to Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Mississippi. Company, state and local officials broke ground on what will be one of the largest tire plants in the country during a ceremony at the Prairie Belt Powersite in Clay County.
The excitement in the air at Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Mississippi's ground-breaking ceremony in Clay County was almost palpable Monday morning as executives, lawmakers and Clay County residents gathered on the hundreds of acres of farm land that will soon house a booming tire manufacturer.
On the eve of breaking ground on their new plant in Clay County, Yokohama Tire Company made another statement of commitment to the Golden Triangle area. The global tire manufacturing giant announced plans to give $250,000 each to Mississippi State University and East Mississippi Community College Sunday.
Something felt wrong. A nagging unrest. A shadow lurking in her mind. She couldn't figure out what it was. It made her worry, though, and stayed all day long. This was a Friday nearly a half-century ago. It was almost fall, before the leaves turn, and she remembers her son had a high school football game that night. She didn't want to go. Whatever unseen ghost was bothering her had not gone away. But she gave in and off they went, a carload of family and friends heading south through Winston County to watch a game.
As Yokohama officials prepare to break ground on a Clay County tire manufacturing plant next Monday, behind-the-scenes work has been taking place to get the project started on the right foot, Golden Triangle Development Link and West Point officials said.
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