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Adams County board closes public out to discuss E-911 dispatchers. industrial development, lawsuit against sheriff
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August 20, 2019 -

By John Mott Coffey

NATCHEZ, Miss. – Adams County supervisors closed the public out of their meeting Monday with Natchez Mayor Darryl Grennell to discuss the performance of emergency telephone dispatchers employed by the city and county to take E-911 calls.

The county board's closed-door session was also to discuss what can be done to ensure CoreCivic keeps open the prison it owns near Natchez, said Scott Slover, the supervisors' attorney. Supervisors also barred the public from talks Monday about an unnamed business' interest in acquiring about 146 acres of land owned by the county for industrial development. 

Prior to the meeting, Slover said supervisors were likely to discuss a federal lawsuit Vidalia Alderman Triand McCoy filed against Adams County Sheriff Travis Patten alleging reserve deputy Stephen Guido unjustly assaulted him earlier this year. 

State law allows government boards to bar the public out of meetings to discuss litigation, business development and personnel. 

City and county officials fund a consolidated emergency dispatch service that takes calls for the Natchez Police Department and Adams County Sheriff’s Office along with the Natchez Fire Department and AMR ambulance service.

CoreCivic recently lost a contract with the Federal Bureau of Prisons it’s had since the Adams County prison’s 2009 opening to hold immigrants convicted of crimes before being deported. However, on a contingency basis, the prison has been taking detainees of the U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency. They include undocumented immigrants arrested earlier this month while working at Mississippi chicken-processing plants.

Located about 12 miles east of Natchez on U.S. 84/98, CoreCivic’s prison is one of Adams County’s largest employers with about 380 working at the 2,232-bed facility.

Built at a cost of $128 million, the prison in 2018 generated $60.9 million in revenues for CoreCivic, according to the company.

Prior to Monday’s closed-door meeting, Slover said supervisors were to discuss the possibility of an industry locating on what was the site of the International Paper mill that closed in 2003. The county board bought the 478-acre site off Lower Woodville Road in 2013 for $9 million with hopes new industries will come. A couple have acquired portions, but more acreage is available for development.  

The lawsuit against the Adams County sheriff, Slover noted, was recently filed by McCoy, who alleges Guido pulled an assault rifle on the Vidalia alderman without justification while he was parked on Broadway Street overlooking the Mississippi River. Guido is white. McCoy is black. | © 2014 | All Rights Reserved
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