Southaven buys land from company with ties to Davis family

(AP) - Southaven aldermen have approved buying land for a $5 million senior citizen center, the first amenity using funds generated by a 1-cent tourism tax approved by voters in October.

The Commercial Appeal reports aldermen voted Tuesday to approve a contract to buy 10 acres for $1.9 million from EADS LLC, a Hernando-based limited-liability company. The newspaper reports DeSoto County Chancery Court Clerk W. E. Davis is an officer/director of the company.

Davis is a cousin of Southaven Mayor Greg Davis, but the mayor said he didn't know if his cousin was involved in the company's operation, adding that he felt it wasn't a conflict of interest since the mayor did not vote on the matter.

The sale of the property will not happen until the middle of next year.

Information from: The Commercial Appeal.

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