City of Southaven awarded state grant

(WMC-TV) - For months Southaven Mayor, Greg Davis has been under investigation for the misuse of city funds.  Tonight, Action News 5 is told that some grant money delayed by the scandal has been awarded.

The Mississippi Department of Transportation finally awarded the city 850 thousand dollars for a project to build trails connecting the city's two big parks, Central and Snowden Grove.

Southaven alderman, Lorine Cady is excited about the grant and hopes the bike and walking trails will do more than offer the exercise options first intended.

"Hopefully, it will help pull the neighborhoods together and the people together," said Cady.

Needed unity after the Southaven spending scandal surrounding Mayor Davis has pitted neighbors and friends against each other for the last seven months.

"I had faith that it would come back and I knew that we personally had not intended to do anything that would hold it up or make them question us," added Cady.

At the height of the scandal, MDOT froze the money out of concern for its use. Now, with the grant being awarded, city leaders aren't the only ones relieved.

"Oh yea I'm looking forward to it," said Sylavia Liddle a resident of Southaven.

Liddle didn't agree with the MDOT freeze to start with.

"I thought it was dumb," she said. "Why would they tie it in with Mayor Davis?"

City leaders still aren't in the clear. A spokesperson from the State Auditor's Office told Action News 5 that their investigation is ongoing and they did not have a role in MDOT releasing the grant money.

The Southaven Board of Aldermen has already voted to hire an engineering firm for the project and is currently taking bids for the rest of the work

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