New roof for old jail

The old county jail at lower left
February 26th, 2021     Government & Politics

Workers are applying a plastic membrane roof to the county’s historic old jail, at lower left in the above photo.

The nearly 80-year-old building was used for record storage and also by the district attorney’s office after the new jail was built but has suffered from water damage for years.

The county was recently awarded a grant from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History that is paying for the new roof to help preserve the building as well as pay for window and other repairs to the county courthouse.

Hill’s Construction Company of Water Valley is doing the work, which will cost about $239,000 with 80 percent of the expense coming from the department of archives and history grant. That will leave about $47,800 to be paid by the county.

Its going to take more than a roof:

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