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Mid-South community reluctant against proposed gravel plant

A site in Como, Mississippi could be used for gravel mining and eventually an asphalt and concrete plant. A site in Como, Mississippi could be used for gravel mining and eventually an asphalt and concrete plant.
But residents are concerned for about safety and air quality from the proposed operation, and now county leaders will have to decide. But residents are concerned for about safety and air quality from the proposed operation, and now county leaders will have to decide.

(WMC-TV) - A community is up in arms over about a gravel plant coming to their neighborhood, despite it could bring more jobs.

A site in Como, Mississippi could be used for gravel mining and eventually an asphalt and concrete plant. But residents are concerned for about safety and air quality from the proposed operation, and now county leaders will have to decide.

Downtown Como is less than two miles away from the proposed site for APAC Mississippi. It has some residents concerned that it could destroy the environment in the area.

James May and his wife run the Como Inn downtown where restaurants and shops still keep the town busy. If supervisors approve the company's plans, May worries trucks carrying all that gravel will go through town to get to Highway 51 rather than traveling up nearby interstate 55 where there are weighing stations.

"They tell us it's going to be like 200 or 300 trucks a day that travel up and down the road through here and we just don't want it in Como," he said.

Cistern Hill Missionary Baptist Church and its cemetery sit right across from the site. In past interviews, members raised several concerns regarding dust, the fumes, the odors, the trucks, and the tearing up of the streets.

We called APAC'S lawyer Mike Graves who issued this statement:

"APAC is following proper legal procedures to obtain the necessary approval and we still have a public hearing scheduled before the board of supervisors, and we do not believe it would be appropriate to make any public comment prior to that hearing."

The Panola County Board of Supervisors will take a final vote on the issue later this month in Batesville.

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