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MS – OUR OPINION: Plenty of good news to share in region

From the dedication of a new school building to the continued improvements at Tombigbee State Park, there was plenty of good news to share last week throughout Northeast Mississippi.

Before we prepare for the week ahead, let’s take a look back at some of the highlights from last week:

  • More than 500 Toyota Mississippi team members spent their day at Tombigbee State Park on Saturday for the second year in a row to celebrate National Public Lands Day. Last year, the automaker committed to a five-year, $250,000 partnership with the state park to make improvements to the primitive and group campgrounds, restoring the amphitheater, rebuilding docks, restoring trail access and draining and removing excess sediment from the late to improve the ecosystem. On Saturday, in addition to improving the hiking trails, playgrounds and bridges, the volunteers installed Corolla Field, a new T-ball field complete with backstop, team benches and bleachers. In the past year, TM workers also have renovated cabins, installed new landscaping, built new roofs on the picnic pavilions and bath houses and built picnic tables. On top of the $250,000 commitment it made last year, Toyota Mississippi gave a $30,000 matching grant to the park to replace the lodge roof. Last September, it gave $15,000 to renovate cabin five to replace its windows, siding and roof to restore it to what it was like when it was built in the 1930s. We thank Toyota for being such a great corporate citizen in our community by giving back in so many different ways.

Those are just a few of the great things that took place in our community last week, but we know there will be plenty more to share with you next week.

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