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Southaven's new alderman prepare to take office

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - The face of politics has changed in the city of Southaven and on Monday, three new Alderman will be sworn into office. Ronnie Hale, George Payne and William Brooks will soon take their places in helping to lead the city.

Wednesday, Hale said he is ready to move forward.

"As far as the ward itself goes, I want to look hard at the Main Street district, Stateline Road, Highway 51, and see about getting Stateline Road widened if possible," Hale said.

Hale unseated James Stark who held the seat for 20 years.

In Ward 3, George Payne, who works at WMC-TV as a satellite truck operator, replaces Jim Loftis, who held the seat for 12 years. Payne said he would like to see more support for small businesses.

"I'd like to see more growth and a little more help to the small businesses on this side of town and everywhere else," Payne said.

Both men are concerned about the development of the Main Street area, which is on the west side of town. Hale said despite growth, history should not be ignored.

"The city's going to grow.  There's nothing we can do about that. We need to manage our growth, but we don't need to forget about the original part of Southaven," he said.

Both men are ready to assume their new positions. For Payne, the day will be special.

"I'm looking forward to standing up there, being sworn in and representing the city of Southaven," he said. 

The third new alderman, William Brooks, replaces Paul Ollar in Ward 4.  The swearing in ceremony for officials in Southaven is scheduled for Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Snowden House.

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