Monday, October 16, 2017

OBITUARIES >> 10-14-17

John Wayne Sessions, 62, of North Little Rock passed from this life on Oct. 11.

He was born Jan. 21, 1955, in El Dorado to the late John W. and Zoie Sessions.

Wayne enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a long time member of the Callahan Hunting Club. He was of the Southern Baptist faith.

He was also preceded in death by his sister, Mary Fisher. Wayne is survived by his wife Linda of 38 years; three children, Rebecca, John T. and Lena Sessions; four grandchildren, Amy, Donavan, John and Jo Elle, and a host of other family and friends.

Wayne’s family would like to give a special thanks to the staff of Arkansas Hospice, Carti and Dr. Khalil and his staff.

A funeral service will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14 at A Natural State Funeral Service in Jacksonville with burial to follow at Arkansas Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

His online guestbook is available at


Vernon Mitchell Stivers, 62, of Beebe passed away Oct. 7. He was born on Nov. 21, 1954, at home on Military Road in Furlow to the late Dink and Roxie Davis Stivers.

He was hardworking and always stayed busy. Vernon was a construction worker for Goff Realtor.

He enjoyed gardening and fishing.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Johnny, Tom, Dennis and Harold Stivers, and one sister, Elsie Collie.

Vernon is survived by his wife, Brenda Stivers; his daughter, Becky Bailey (Bryan); his three brothers, Chris, Robert and Ed Stivers (Madine); his five sisters, Bertha Whiteside (Leon), Louise Crabtree, Dora Glass, Cora Orvis (Gene) and Sarah Modlin (Ray); his grandchildren, James, Nathan and Stephen Bailey, and a host of nieces and nephews.

EVENTS >> 10-14-17

The Community Theater of Jacksonville will hold auditions for Joe Landry’s “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” at 6:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the Jacksonville Community Center, Room A.

“It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” is set in a 1940s radio studio theater and performed as a live-radio broadcast in front of a studio audience.

It follows the story of George Bailey, who after a run of bad luck, thinks about ending his life on Christmas Eve in 1946.

The story comes to life through a group of actors performing the large cast of characters and is enhanced with live sound effects.

“The fun thing about the sound effects for this show is that you not only get to hear them, you get to see them,” said Shann Nobles, president of the theater board. “Someone is actually on stage making the sound for George falling in the water to rescue his brother, and for the door opening and closing when someone walks into Mr. Gower’s drug store, or the bank.”

Auditions will consist of cold reading from the script. Anyone interested may audition either day.

For more information, visit the theater’s Facebook page or call 501-286-3638.


VFW Post 4548 at 6704 Old Hwy. 67 will host a Halloween fishing derby for kids’ next Saturday. Registration is at 9:45 a.m. Derby starts at 10 a.m. There will be a kids lunch and awards at noon. Kids can fish in their Halloween costumes. In case of rain, activities will be moved indoors. For more information, call 501-982-5579.

CLASSIFIEDS >> 10-14-17


The Pathfinder, Inc. Board of Directors will hold its monthly Board meeting, Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the Donald W. Reynolds Administration and Treatment Center, 2520 W. Main St., Jacksonville, Ar.

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SPORTS EVENTS >> 10-14-17


The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce Trap Shoot will be held Friday, Oct. 27 at the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation Shooting Sports Complex on Graham Road. Proceeds will go towards funding the chamber’s year-round programs. Deadline is Sept. 1, but day-of registration will be available starting at 11:30 a.m. Registration cost is $25 per shooter, or $15 for anyone who just wants to come for lunch, which begins at 11:30 a.m. Shooting starts at 1 p.m. Sponsorships are also available. Drink sponsorship is $350. Food and trophy sponsorships are $500 and event sponsorships are $1,500.

Fees cover lunch and two rounds of shooting. All shooters must provide two boxes of certified ammunition as well as ear and eye protection, which can also be purchased at the range. For more information or to obtain a registration form, call the chamber at 501-982-1511 or email

Saturday, October 14, 2017

SPORTS STORY >> Beebe avenges again

By RAY BENTONLeader sports editor

It seemed like a silly prediction when Beebe coach Audra Higgins said two weeks ago she thought her team could beat Batesville in the regular-season finale. Batesville dominated the Lady Badgers the first time around, winning 3-0 with only the opening set margin within single digits.

On Thursday at Badger Arena, the Beebe ladies made their first-year head coach look clairvoyant, winning 3-2 and handing the Pioneers their first conference loss of the season.

Things didn’t start well. Ironically, the opening set was the worst one of the season for Beebe. Batesville (25-7, 11-1) cruised to a 25-9 victory, seemingly on their way to another dominant win.

But Beebe mustered some gumption and won game two 25-18 before going on to the five-set victory. Scores for all five games were 9-25, 25-18, 23-25, 25-23 and 15-12.

Higgins said she never doubted her team could beat Batesville, even after the pummeling in the first set.

“I never did because game one was an easy fix if I could just get them to listen to me and do it,” said Higgins. “We were passing from our midline, and they were aiming for our shoulders. If you’re locking in at your midline before they even swing, all you’re going to do is shank it off somewhere when they hit it at your shoulders.”

Higgins used every second of the break between games to get her point across, and she did. The Lady Badgers were able to make the passes and get into their transition the rest of the way.

“It’s just a matter of getting them to understand the pace we need to play to be on the level with those top teams,” Higgins said. “You should have your position and angle determined before the hands come together, and you have to be faster with your hands and movement to do that. Being in midline with your feet wide doesn’t help that.”

The final point of the match was not without controversy. With Beebe up 14-12, both teams were in the net simultaneously during the rally, but nothing was called. Batesville got it over after the violations on a down ball. Beebe transitioned quickly and got a fast kill by Reaven Seymore to seal the match.

“The final point really should’ve been replayed,” Higgins said. “Both teams were in the net, but (the head official) let it play out. She was angry about that, but I was angry about other stuff. Their setter was above the net all night. I finally got in trouble over that one. He told me I’d better just go sit down. So I really don’t think the refs were the key factor. They were bad on both sides. Our blockers slowed them down. Once we got our passing right, our hitters did a great job. I think those were the key factors.”

Thursday’s match was the second one in a week in which Beebe avenged an earlier loss. On Tuesday, the Lady Badgers defeated Morrilton 3-1. The Devil Dogs beat Beebe 3-2 back on Sept. 14.

Beebe (14-10, 7-5) won games one and two 25-21 before slumping terribly in a 15-25 loss of game three. The slump continued through two-thirds of game four, but the Lady Badgers rallied for a thrilling 30-28 win to seal the match.

After losing game three, Beebe dug itself a 7-0 hole to start game four. The Badgers climbed out of it once, tying the score at 9-9 with two aces by Bailey Mae. But they went right back to digging. Morrilton went up 21-14 and seemed on the way to forcing the tiebreaker set before Beebe rallied again.

Autumn O’Rourke sparked the comeback with huge block to break serve and hard kills for Beebe’s next two points. Morrilton had three game points up 24-21, but a Morrilton net violation, and Lexi Devore ace and a Morrilton miss-hit tied the game. Beebe had the next three match points, but couldn’t finish it off. Morrilton (7-12-1, 5-7) then got another game point at 28-27, but Beebe scored three straight for the win.

A miss-hit went long on game point to give Beebe the serve. O’Rourke got another kill for match point, and a quick, low set by Layla Wilson caught Morrilton off guard as Seymore hammered it right down the middle for match point.

Seymore led Beebe with 15 kills while O’Rourke had 10 kills and four blocks. Layla Wilson had 20 assists, and Mae finished with eight assists and five aces.

Despite the third-place finish in the 5A/6A District 2 blended conference, Beebe will start play in the 5A-Central Conference tournament today as the No. 1 seed. In what were technically nonconference matches, Beebe beat all three of the top teams from the other leagues that make up the tournament.

The Lady Badgers take the court against McClellan at 11 a.m. at Little Rock Christian Academy. A win in that match means facing the Sylvan Hills-Parkview winner at 5 p.m. Tuesday, also at LRCA.

SPORTS STORY >> Titans down early, rout Hall

By RAY BENTON Leader sports editor

The first drive of the game was exactly the start Jacksonville coaches feared, but the players overcame an early deficit to cruise to a 38-6 win over Hall High School Friday at Scott Field in Little Rock.

The Titans responded to the bad start with 35 unanswered points before halftime, but only managed three points in the second half to set the final margin.

Jacksonville coach Barry Hickingbotham worried about Hall’s deep ball ability, and on the second play of the game, quarterback Braelon Adams hit receiver Dante Green with a 52-yard touchdown strike for a 6-0 lead just 50 seconds into the game.

Jacksonville had to punt on its first drive, and pinned the Warriors on their own 1-yard line after a sack by Kalon McCoy and Marquez Casey. But on second and 17 from the 1, Adams found Chaidez Sanders with a screen pass. A missed tackle then sprung him for a 45-yard gain to the 46-yard line.

It was all Jacksonville from that point until halftime. The win will likely guarantee the Titans at least a No. 6 seed in the Class 6A playoffs, but the team didn’t act like one that had qualified for the playoffs at the end of the game.

“The goal was to come out and score and run that clock,” said Hickingbotham. “We just don’t have that instinct to, you know, squash the bug, as we used to say. We just haven’t been in that situation enough. The defense responded to the bad start and got a score for us. That was huge. It kind of picked us back up and got us going a little bit. We wanted to play better in the second half, but ultimately we got the job done.”

One factor in Jack-sonville’s sputtering second-half offense was the absence of starting quarterback Harderrious Martin. Hickingbotham decided to rest Martin for the final stretch of the regular season.

“No injury,” Hicking-botham said. “He’s had a few bumps and bruises and it was just a chance to get him some rest. These next three are big down the stretch, so we just wanted to give him a little break while we could.”

On the next play after Hall’s second long pass, Jacksonville linebacker Nate Pool stepped in front of an Adams pass in the flat for a 60-yard interception return for a touchdown. Josh Huber’s extra point gave Jacksonville a 7-6 lead with 7:39 left in the first quarter.

On the second play of the ensuing drive, Shaqke Robinson and Cameron Grant sacked Adams. On the third play, safety Shavarris Curley nearly got his own pick 6. He intercepted a screen pass at midfield and returned it 49 yards before being knocked out of bounds at the 1.

Running back Shawn Ellis stepped it in from there and the extra point made it 14-6 with 6:41 on the clock.

Early in the second quarter, a heavy dose of Ellis got the Titans from their own 40 to the Hall 27. Martin picked up 17 on first down, and then hit Armani Haynes in the end zone for a 21-6 lead with 9:58 left in the first half.

The Jacksonville defense then forced a three-and-out series by Hall, and that set up a one-play drive.

Ellis took it 42 yards up the middle for the score, and Huber’s extra point made it 28-6 with 7:58 to go until halftime.

Hall’s next possession garnered two first downs, but ended with a 3-yard punt. The Titans (3-4, 2-2) started on their own 47 and overcame four penalties to score with 9 seconds left on a 5-yard run by Ellis for a 35-6 lead at intermission.

Hall practically begged Jacksonville to mercy rule them after that. The Warriors fumbled the ensuing kickoff away with 2.5 seconds left. Jacksonville’s offense took the field, but after a timeout, Hickingbotham elected to try a field goal. Huber missed from 42 yards out.

After a 40-minute halftime with no one at Scott Field attending the clock, Jacksonville took the ball to start the second half and went three-and out on three runs by Ellis.

Hall then fumbled the punt, giving the Titans the ball at the Warriors’ 33-yard line. After one first down, Curley, playing quarterback, ran the ball to the 4 to set up third down. But after an injury timeout, the ball was moved all the way back to the 24 with no flag and no signal from the officials why. Curley threw an interception on the next play.

The Warriors started at their own 23, and fumbled it away again on their second snap of the half. Jacksonville took over at the Hall 23, and again failed to do anything and turned it over on downs at the 18.

Finally, with 3:27 left in the extraordinarily long second half, Jacksonville capped a drive from its own 37 to the Hall 7 with a 22-yard field goal by Huber to set the final margin. The Titans got three first downs on Hall penalties to keep that drive alive.

The Titans became the first team this season to fail to score a touchdown in the second half against the Warriors, who are now 1-6 overall and 0-4 in conference play.

Jacksonville finished with exactly 300 total yards, with 230 coming in the first half. Hall finished 219 yards with a 129 of that in the first quarter, and 97 of that on its first four plays of the game.

Ellis led all yardage getters with 154 yards rushing on 27 carries.

SPORTS STORY >> Panthers blow two TDs, lose to Tigers

By ANN THARP Special to The Leader

The Cabot Panthers traveled to historic Quigley Stadium in Little Rock Friday night to face the Central High Tigers. The Panthers were trying to regroup after a week six loss to Conway, but were unable to do so, falling to Central at Bernie Cox Field by a score of 16-14, making their overall record 4-3 and 7A Central conference record 2-2. The Tigers improve to 2-5 and 1-3.

The score was tied at seven at the end of one period, but Central took the lead on the first play of the second with a field goal, and then added a touchdown right before intermission for a 16-7 halftime score.

Only one touchdown went on the scoreboard in the second half, and it was scored by Cabot. The Panthers also had a touchdown called back by a penalty.

“It was a good offensive ballgame,” said Cabot coach Mike Malham. “The difference was our turnovers. Turnovers and penalties was the difference there. We just didn’t do the little things right to help us win. They’ve got some athletes. We had trouble containing them a little bit. They did what it took to win. It was a good ballgame if you just want to see a good high school game. Both teams moved the ball. It was a close game, and it went down to the wire. You couldn’t ask for a better ballgame. It’s just that the Panthers didn’t win, that’s the problem.”

Central had the first possession of the game and had to start on their own 7-yard line as Ben McCullough’s kick off was mishandled at the goal line and only returned to the 7. From there, though, the Tigers drove the 93 yards in 12 plays to take the 7-0 lead with 9:30 remaining in the opening period.

Cabot quarterback Tommy Oaks returned the ensuing kick off to the 37-yard line, and the Panthers answered with an 8-play, 63-yard scoring drive. Oaks had a 33-yard carry on the drive, and Adam Flores, returning from injury, finished the drive with a 2-yard plunge into the end zone to tie the score at 7-7 with 5:33 to go in the quarter.

Central then started on its own 29 and moved the chains four times before stalling and facing fourth and eight. On the first play of quarter number two, Keeling Baker kicked a 36-yard field goal to give the Tigers the 10-7 edge.

The Panthers were moving the ball down the field, picking up four first downs of their own, when after running for 18 yards, Ayden Shurley lost the ball, and Central recovered.

The Tigers drove to the Cabot 8-yard line, but quarterback Jacob Howard was intercepted in the end zone by Lucus Crumbly.

Oaks completed a 21-yard pass to Shurley, then ran for 16 yards before he ran again from 30-yard line for an apparent touchdown, but dropped the ball at the 2-yard line. Central recovered in the end zone to end the threat.

The Tigers scored again with 0:35 to go in the half on a 34-yard completion from Howard to T.J. Pennington, but the point after hit the upright and bounced away, leaving the score 16-7.

Cabot had the ball first in the second half. The Panthers had moved from their own 24 to the Central 34-yard line when T.J. Rogers took a pitch from Oaks and ran into the end zone, only to have the score erased by a flag that was thrown.

Cabot did score on its next drive, only needing four plays to move 80 yards, the last 59 on a touchdown scamper by Rogers, this time with no flags, and on the last play of the third period. McCullough added the extra point, and the score was 16-14.

An interception in the end zone by Austin Swackhammer thwarted a long drive by the Tigers and gave the Panthers one final possession with less than three minutes to play. Cabot was moving the ball down the field with time running out when the ball was knocked out of Oaks hand as he was about to pitch it. Central recovered with 0:23 and the final score was set at 16-14.

Cabot had 370 yards of total offense, while the Tigers had 438.

Rogers led the Panthers in rushing with 11 carries for 110 yards and had one reception for 19 yards. Oaks rushed 11 times for 95 yards and passed for 40 yards.

Cabot will host Bryant next Friday night.

Friday, October 13, 2017

EDITORIAL >> It’s Cotton vs. Corker

It’s been a tough week for President Trump: His chief of staff, retired Gen. John F. Kelly, didn’t sound as if his job was secure when he said Thursday, “I’m not quitting today…. and I don’t think I’m being fired today.”

General, please don’t go anywhere: You might be the only one who could bring order to the chaos at the White House. If you can’t stop Trump from tweeting, no one can. But Kelly and Trump’s other key advisers may have dissuaded the President at week’s end from scrapping the Iran nuclear deal as he had promised during the campaign, calling the Iranian regime a bunch of terrorists but still willing to honor the treaty that monitors Iran’s attempts to build a nuclear weapon.

More dramatic was Trump’s simultaneous announcement that he would end Obamacare subsidies to insurance companies, a move that many Republican governors oppose.

Even Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), an enthusiastic Trump ally, can’t stomach the more draconian features of repealing Obamacare, which failed in Congress and would have cost Arkansas $6 billion in the next seven years. Trump has figured out how to work around Congress and simply withhold payments to insurance companies. Expect a long court battle that would decide if Trump’s unilateral moves are constitutional.

Trump’s proposed budget would create $10 trillion in deficits over the next decade, which worries both conservative and moderate Republicans, making tax cuts a long shot in the Senate. His latest plan to disrupt Obamacare could lead to higher premiums.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, whose days may not be long after he allegedly called his boss “a #*@ moron” perhaps for saying he wanted to increase America’s nuclear arsenal tenfold: From about 4,000 to 40,000 missiles, although our treaty obligations keep us from adding any more. Trump denies he ever made that suggestion, insisting he just wants to make sure the bombs are “well-maintained,” as if they’re not.

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), the respected chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee who is retiring at the end of his term next year, is now siding with anti-Trump Republicans in the Senate, reducing the chances of any meaningful legislation in Congress.

“He concerns me,” Corker told the New York Times. “He would have to concern anyone who cares about our nation.” He said Trump is taking us “on the path to World War III.”

“I know for a fact that every single day at the White House, it’s a situation of trying to contain him,” Corker tweeted.

“It’s a shame the White House has become an adult day care center. Someone obviously missed their shift this morning,” Corker tweeted again, referring to Trump’s earlier tweet that claimed, falsely, that Corker asked for the president’s endorsement for re-election and didn’t get it.

Trump fired back, calling Corker “liddle” and “a fool” who “didn’t have the guts to run for a third term” without a presidential endorsement, although a Corker aide insists Trump had called the senator to reconsider his decision not to run.

No Republican senator, apart from Sen. Cotton, has jumped to Trump’s defense since Corker first made this charge a week ago.

Sen. William Fulbright (D-Ark.), the longtime chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, fell out with President Johnson over Vietnam. Johnson chose not to run in 1968. Gov. Dale Bumpers defeated Fulbright in the Democratic primary in 1974.

The spat between Trump and Corker could doom tax reform as Corker’s Republican colleagues question Trump’s ability to govern while his approval rating drops to the mid-30s and his legislative agenda, such as it is, goes nowhere.

Republicans have a narrow 52-48 majority in the Senate, and such moderate senators as John McCain (R-Ariz.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Susan Collins (R.-Maine), who voted against the Obamacare repeal, are deficit hawks like Corker even when Republicans are in the White House.

But Cotton supports Trump on taking out North Korea’s nuclear arsenal and ending the Iran deal freezing its nuclear program. Cotton says anyone who disagrees with the president should resign. He led congressional opposition to the 2015 agreement with Iran and could be Trump’s next secretary of state if Tillerson leaves.

But if Tillerson goes, so will other cabinet members, including Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, whose departure from the Pentagon would offer another opening for Cotton. He might also be available if national-security adviser H.R. McMaster resigns.

Tillerson, Mattis and McMaster are close to Corker and have opposed ending the Iran nuclear deal and going to war with North Korea. “I think Secretary Tillerson, Secretary Mattis and Chief of Staff (John) Kelly are those people that help separate our country from chaos,” Corker said.

Our ambitious junior senator, who is in frequent contact with Trump, might take any of those jobs if they become available.

TOP STORY >> Cabot has 10,357 students

By JEFFREY SMITH Leader staff writer

Enrollment in the Cabot School District grew to 10,357, up 103 students from last year.

Superintendent Tony Thur-man presented the information during the annual report to the public at the school board meeting on Tuesday.

The district’s budget for 2016-17 was $78.9 million compared to $79.2 million this school year.

Cabot has 1,413 employees working in the district. All 17 schools were accredited with only Cabot Middle School South cited for a special education/reading teacher who was on the additional licensure plan.

Construction projects completed in 2016-17: A new fence installed at Southside Elementary; adding parking and a pull-through lane at Central Elementary and replacing the heating and air conditioning system in the kitchenl; new curbing and sod were put in at the flagpole area at Northside Elementary; a driveway was repaired at Junior High North; the parking lot at Freshman Academy was repaired; and a new video board was installed at the high school football stadium.

This year’s project is replacing the heating and air conditioning system at Eastside Elementary.

School board officers for 2017-18 are Dean Martin as president, Sarah Owen as vice president and Brian Evans as secretary.

The Cabot Country Cruisers running club presented a $5,000 check to the school district to purchase physical education equipment. The funds came from the Spring Fling 5K race held in March.

The race had 400 participants.

The school board passed a resolution to sell a 1994 ski boat and trailer. which the district cannot use.

“It was a donated item to our auto mechanics program. The donor’s intent was for the kids to learn how to work on the motor,” Thurman said.

The boat motor was old and the program does not work with marine carburetors. It was donated last year and some students worked on it.

“The donor was fine with the district selling the boat and putting the proceeds back into the auto program. It could be in scholarships or materials,” Thurman said.

TOP STORY >> Mayor: Cabot ‘a goldmine’

By CHRISTY HENDRICKSLeader staff writer

“Cabot has a gold mine of people right here under its nose,” Cabot Mayor Bill Cypert said in response to an attendee at a town-hall meeting Tuesday night.

“The biggest secret of Cabot that nobody has told – you want to guess how many people are in a 13-mile radius of Cabot – which is our primary trade area? It’s 112,000 people. That’s a big base. We’ve not told the world about that. We’re doing that now.”

After receiving a lot of input about the city needing to provide more information about ongoing projects and the city’s future, the city has placed a lot of data on the homepage of the city’s website, hosted a breakfast with the mayor and held a town hall this week at the Veterans Park Community Center.

“This is basically your time to contribute your ideas, your complaints,” Cypert told the group. “Whatever you’d like to talk about, we’ll stay as long as you want to and we’ll talk about it.”

Business development, traffic and road conditions, storm shelters and sidewalks were some of the topics covered.

Cypert started the meeting with a quick review of items that can be found on the city’s website,, including current major projects, a transportation vision improvement plan, a Walkable Cabot plan and more.

A topic that kept coming up during the town hall was roads, and the city is set to invest $20 million to fix its street problems, according to the mayor.

“I’ve been a citizen of Cabot for two years. I spent 30 years in Bryant,” one resident said. “My concern is the ditches and the roads, they are absolutely pathetic. I drive a truck. I feel every bump. I spend most of my mileage in Cabot. I know where all the chuckholes are. I drive off center the majority of the time to keep from jarring my truck to death.

“I’ve heard the city say it’s growth. Bryant had the same type of growth. Bryant roads make Cabot roads look pathetic. They are in the process right now of building a major bypass. It’s going to make Bryant look very good. It’s going to make Cabot look very sad,” the resident said.

“You’re absolutely correct. I agree with you,” the mayor said. “We have plans both on the highway department side and the city street side to address that.”

Most of the major arterial roads in Cabot are state highways and fall under the responsibility of the Arkansas Highway Transportation Department, Cypert said.

“The transportation im-provement plan gives you in detail the plans for those roads. Yes, we have a city street problem in Cabot, primarily because Cabot grew so fast and nobody came up with a plan to reinvest in the streets. We now have that plan. It’s listed in the infrastructure and community development in detail.”

The street problems will be addressed over time and as funds come in, the mayor said. Currently, there are enough funds to cover the next five years of planned roadwork.

“Long term, we’re more than likely going to ask y’all to (renew) the sales and use tax again and get additional bond money to address the bulk of that problem,” he said.

Another attendee, after complimenting city code enforcement for a job well done, asked about putting in sidewalks on Kerr Station Road.

“It’s very heavily traveled,” he said. “I was wondering if it’s possible to maybe put a culvert in on one side and put in a sidewalk, at least down to the school. I think that would be a fine improvement.”

“Kerr Station, as far as traffic and the road itself, is on the long-term plan. Right now, the traffic volumes do not warrant any immediate action,” Cypert told the group.

“But it’s on the plan.” Cypert added that the city’s sidewalk plan priority is safe routes to school, safe routes to shopping for people who don’t have transportation and safe routes to the city amenities.

“The sports complex on Hwy. 321 made it more important to work on sidewalks for Kerr Station Road,” the mayor said. “A lot of money. A five-foot sidewalk costs $25 a foot to lay from start to finish. It’s pretty expensive to get sidewalks down. But it will be addressed at some point,” Cypert said.

The mayor assured another attendee that, while being considered for Hwy. 321 upgrades, there are no more roundabouts currently planned.

“Roundabouts are new technology,” he said. “A lot of people don’t like them. They work tremendously. They increase the flow.”

The mayor was also asked about a railroad overpass on Main Street to help avoid traffic jams when there is a train on the tracks.

“The railroad overpass would basically destroy downtown,” Cypert said. “We’re one of the few old cities left, railroad towns, that you could still ride through Cabot on the train and see a vibrant downtown with cars parked on the lot and people going in and out of businesses.

“Our neighbor down the road – Jacksonville — built an overpass. Look at their downtown. Not only that, but to go from two lanes for four lanes would probably close four to eight businesses because they wouldn’t have any parking. That is our primary business corridor. We’re trying to redevelop. If you notice, Main Street is very significantly redeveloping.”

To turn Main Street into four lanes and a turn lane from Lincoln Street to Hwy. 67/167 Exit 19 would cost around $50 million, the mayor said.

Rather than spend millions and risk businesses closing, the traffic plan will be a looping concept to include the north Cabot interchange currently being built. The city has 176 miles of city streets with approximately 70 to 75 that need to be overlaid or excavated and repaired then repaved.

See Wednesday’s Leader for more on the town hall meeting.