It’s time to celebrate our history! One of my goals has been to honor the people in our history who’ve contributed exemplary efforts in making Southaven a great place to live. When City Hall was renovated in 2020, we incorporated a new design for a tribute hall that will be further adjoined to a new archive library near the entrance of the building. This is a great, high-profile location to honor our people and our history. There could not have been an easier decision by our Board of Aldermen and me than to make the very first honoree, Chief Vernon McCammon. Chief McCammon joined the Southaven Fire Department as a volunteer in October, 1968, twelve years before our city’s incorporation. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 1971, then Chief in 1974. While serving as Fire Chief in the mid-1970s, he also joined the inaugural team who created the first-ever EMS service in Desoto County. When Southaven became a city in April, 1980, he was the obvious choice and became the first, official Fire Chief in the City of Southaven. He served the City as Fire Chief during monumental growth years, meeting the public safety needs of our citizens from the early days of one fire station and red, land-line fire phones, to pagers, then to the most modern technology and four fire stations when he retired in October, 2006. During this time, he hired and mentored hundreds of men and women who’ve followed his outstanding model of service. Chief McCammon has been interwoven into the fibers of Southaven since he moved here with his wife in the 1960s, raising his family here, helping build facilities, and extending a helping hand to whomever, whenever there has been a need. Recently, I had the privilege of sitting down with Chief and asked him what he thought the key was to his success as a leader. His response was, “I’m a people person”. Indeed you are, Sir! Thank you for your service and congratulations!
It was my privilege to join Lou and Mike Sobh today as they broke ground on their new Honda auto dealership in Southaven. The Lou Sobh Automotive Group is a nationally respected company with the finest reputation of customer service standards. They have already proven to be a great corporate citizen committed to supporting the communities where they operate. The first-ever Honda dealership will be a great addition to our economy and offer our citizens and other local consumers another quality automobile option. Honda of Southaven will be located near the southeastern corner of the Goodman/Elmore intersection and is projected to open for business in the 3rd quarter of 2022. - Mayor Darren Musselwhite
Entergy says it needs to provide more electric power to the growing DeSoto County area and a substation near the Getwell Road corridor of Southaven may be where that could happen. “In fact, we have several new substations under construction or planned in DeSoto County, including two more in Lewisburg and Hernando,” said Entergy Customer Services Manager Robert Johnston recently. A location is far from settled, but one possible spot for a substation could be the area of Tchulahoma Road and Windy Lane in Southaven on 10 acres of land. A new substation for Southaven has been something Entergy has been considering the past couple of years, thanks to demand and growth. “We have to work with the Public Service Commission to make sure that we get the Certificate of Need that justifies the need,” said Entergy Director of Business and Economic Development Ed Gardner. “We have to locate the property and negotiate the purchase of property, and that in itself is difficult in a fast-growing area.” Entergy would also have to obtain easements for distribution lines and if the Tchulahoma location is selected, those lines would need to be along streets, such as Central Parkway, Getwell Road, and others. Entergy filed its petition to build the substation with the Mississippi Public Service Commission in late October. Docket 2021-UA-176 was filed on Oct. 29. “DeSoto (County) is one of the fastest growing areas of the state and Entergy has invested a significant amount in the area to meet the county’s service reliability needs,” Johnston wrote in an email to DeSoto County News. “Our economic development department has been involved in numerous projects that have resulted in significant investment and job creation in the area.” Gardner said the exploding growth of the area demands more power distribution. “Over the last 10 years, DeSoto County has grown by 1.5-1.6 percent per year,” Gardens said. “In the last five years, between 2015-2020, the county grew nine percent, so you’re looking at almost two percent growth per year. There’s a lot of residential growth, but one of the drivers for the growth is the industrial distribution growth.” Gardner mentioned projects such as the new Medline distribution center, Amazon, O’Reilly Auto Parts and the Associated Warehouse Grocers center in Hernando, which has all increased electric needs for the area. Johnston cautioned the substation project is a continuing process and the facility going “on line” is still some months away. He added residents affected will know about it in formal notifications from Entergy. “We are all in negotiations and nothing has been finalized but it could be late 2022 or early 2023 to actually bring it all online,” Johnston said. “There’s a formal process to notify customers about it, if rights-of-way will be taken, and for negotiations being made on land. Anybody affected by where the final location is will be notified.” City officials say they are aware of Entergy looking at a new substation and has asked the utility to continue keeping the City abreast of the progress.
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