Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Tupelo Makes Tree Donation to City of Louisville

Sometimes difficult events bring people and communities together. This was the case on Wednesday as the Mayor of Tupelo and members of that City’s Public Works staff visited Louisville with a special delivery. Mayor Jason Shelton and David Knight, Director of Tupelo Public Works arrived with a delivery of 25 large oak trees for the City of Louisville to aid in its continued recovery efforts from the April 28, 2014 tornado.

Said Knight with Tupelo Public Works, “We recognize that other cities have been affected like we were. We wanted to do this as a gesture – we are fortunate to be able to help.”

Mayor Shelton noted that “We’ve been through this together – both of our cities - and we hope that this can help as we all work to build our cities back, not just as good as they were before the storm but even better.

Louisville Mayor Will Hill expressed his thanks and the thanks of the city, “Words are inadequate to express our gratitude for this gesture. This has been in the works for a long time between departments with input from the Mississippi Extension Service. Memorial Cemetery was the first place that came to mind as a location for these trees.  Mayor Shelton and I are members of a club that neither of us asked to belong to- as leaders of a community damaged by storms. This is a way to pay it forward and we hope that we can pay it forward as well.

According to Louisville Parks and Recreation Director, Todd McCullough, the variety of oak trees will predominantly be used around the Memorial Park Cemetery which was so heavily damaged by the 2014 storm.