Mayor's Report

May 18

Serve Southaven

Posted on May 18, 2017 at 12:31 PM by Darren Musselwhite

May 18, 2017 Update

Since our Serve Southaven program was created in 2015, we have been searching for the right person to lead these efforts.  This program needed a leader willing to give their time as a volunteer to truly serve our city with the skill set to organize, market, communicate, and bring people together.  We are fortunate that Tracy Gallagher has volunteered to be our first  executive director.  Tracy is an incredibly-talented person with a special heart to serve.  Her bio is as follows:

Tracy Gallagher owns Gallagher Insurance Group in Southaven along with her husband, Joel.  Believing in the importance of giving back to the community, Tracy knows that to whom much is given, much is required.  Tracy serves as Vice Chairman for Apelah in Hernando.  Apelah provides foster care for special needs children in Desoto County.  She serves on the Corporate Volunteer Council with Volunteer North Mississippi.  She is also involved in several local networking organizations and volunteers at her children’s schools.  Tracy holds a marketing degree from the University of Memphis.  She is a lifelong resident of Desoto County and graduated from Southaven High School.  She and Joel have been married for 22 years and have 3 children who attend Desoto County Schools.  They are members of Cornerstone Church in Southaven.

Since Joel is the City’s current Alderman for Ward 4, the City did request an opinion from the State Attorney General confirming that there is no conflict with her serving in this capacity.  The fact that this position is purely voluntary makes this acceptable.

Please contact Tracy at serve@southaven.org or 662.280.2489 if you are interested in serving in any capacity.  Together, we can make an even better Southaven!

 January 4, 2017 Original Post

When I began my public service to the City in 2013, I realized quickly that we have so many citizens that reach out for help with diverse needs.  I also realized that we have many wonderful people that sincerely want to serve our city and those citizens that are in need.  These two realizations prompted me, with the help of my Board of Aldermen and some key volunteers, to create a network of churches, charitable organizations, and other individuals that want to serve our city and specifically minister to those that have special needs.

Serve Southaven was officially created in 2015 as an outreach program to function as a "hub" in connecting those in need with those that want to help.  The following functions were designated as specific goals for service: 

  • City Beautification
  • Emergency Aid
  • Food Distribution
  • Youth Interaction
  • Elderly and Special Needs

This program has been effective but has much more potential for our city.  We hope to better serve the current functions of this program and also expand our program to reach more needs within our city. 
Serve Southaven Logo

May 12

College/Getwell Traffic Signal

Posted on May 12, 2017 at 9:18 AM by Darren Musselwhite

This new signal will be activated today, May 11, 2017. Please remind everyone you know, especially our young drivers, to use extreme caution before entering the intersection even if they have a green light as many are not accustomed to stopping here.

This is a temporary signal that will cause some "stacking" at times until Getwell is eventually widened to five lanes in 2019 and a permanent signal is placed here.

Please be careful.


May 10

Getwell Rd Widening Project (Goodman Rd North to Tennessee State Line)

Posted on May 10, 2017 at 10:54 AM by Darren Musselwhite

May 10, 2017 Update

This project was recently delayed because much of the original road and sub-surface material had to be replaced before the permanent new surface could be applied.  When this project was designed over ten years ago, the plan was to be able to use most of the original road. When construction began, contractors realized that the original road and sub-surface had deteriorated too much and could compromise the durability and life span of the new road. Even after all these corrections, all lanes are scheduled to be open by the end of this month.  Permanent striping and all details should be finalized by mid-June.  This is a major transportation improvement project that is long overdue for our city and will provide tremendous benefits.  Road construction is extremely inconvenient for everyone, but necessary in mitigating traffic congestion and preparing our city for future economic growth.  This project was designed as a three-year project and construction began on February 10, 2015, so it actually is reaching completion several months early.   Major projects like this ($6,835,000) are funded by federal funds administered through MDOT and timelines can get very complicated.  Since only $1,367,000 of city funds had to be used, we benefitted greatly by using these state and federal programs and cooperating with their respective timelines, although inconvenient.

February 10, 2015 Update

Construction has now begun on this project.  This widening project is long overdue for our City's transportation infrastructure needs and will be well worth the inconvenience upon completion. 

September 26, 2014 Original Post

This is another long-awaited project that has been delayed for many reasons.  It is about to become a reality we hope as construction should begin in early Summer of 2015.  This will make Getwell a five-lane rd from Goodman north to Stateline Rd and then expanding to seven lanes at the actual Tennessee state line.

Timelines for road projects are difficult to estimate due to weather and many other contingencies, but completion is expected by the end of 2018.