In Monday's Board of Supervisors meeting, Executive Director of Khafre, Inc. Sade Turnipseed presented an update on the progression of the Cotton Pickers Monument.
"We have basically done all of the research and pulled it all together," said Turnipseed.
According to Turnipseed, the monument will serve as an educational and a "grass-roots" project.
"I have done an extensive research on and for this project, and in doing so, I found that there is a lot of anger centered around cotton picking,” she added.
This project is a component of Turnipseed's current Doctor of Philosophy study.
"When people hear about the project, they get really excited. This monument is going to inform an array of people about the significance of cotton picking," said Turnipseed.
Although Turnipseed's presentation was highly informative, there were other significant items presented to members of the board as well.
Frank Howell, spokesperson for Delta Council, presented an annual report for the Mississippi Delta Heritage Area Plan, which has been operating for three years.
The report expressed the many efforts of Delta Council in Bolivar County and plans to build a bigger outreach.
"We've got a lot of companies in Bolivar County that we have helped grow and prosper. We're trying to make some good things happen in Bolivar County," said Howell.
Supervisor Preston Billings offered a few suggestions to Howell by saying, "I feel that your organization should focus more on education and increasing our revenues. We thrive in education and we need you guys to help in our smaller municipalities. "We're all on the same level and that is trying to bring economics to Bolivar County. For example, we need to get on top of this marijuana legalization. This could bring revenue to the county, "said Billings.
"Not for smoking, but for medicinal purposes," added Supervisor James McBride.
During a brief recess, Sheriff Kelvin Williams presented five new cars for the Sheriff Department and expressed gratitude to the board for aid during his search for the cars.
"I thank you all for your swift action," said Williams, who explained that he and six of his officers drove to Jefferson, Mo., and retrieved the vehicles.
"It would have cost $6,000 to have the cars shipped to us; therefore, we picked them up," he added.
Mayor of Shelby Dan Harris also attended the meeting and presented a landfill idea to members of the board.
"We need a landfill that is near, because we have about 75 dilapidated houses that we are in the process of removing. The landfill will help us in getting the work done before rainy season," said Harris.
According to Billings, the county removed the landfills and he believes they should be returned.
Shelby is currently using landfills in Washington County.
Warden Ora Starks also expressed gratitude to the members of the board for their support during Bolivar County Correctional Facility's ACH accreditation audit.