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Musselwhite details Southaven city progress in 2023 review

Photo: Southaven Mayor Darren Musselwhite address the annual Veterans Day Luncheon. (Bob Bakken/

Southaven Mayor Darren Musselwhite released what he termed his “Year in Review” on his Facebook page this week. It’s a public recap of what has been done in the state’s third-largest city during the past year.

Here is what the Southaven mayor stated has happened in the city since January 2023.


  • Snowden District & Silo Square Explosive Growth
  • Metropolitan District and Hotel/Convention Center Progressu
  • West End District Redevelopment Enhanced Plan Underway
  • Continued Record-Setting Sales Tax Revenue Growth to $19,255,456 in ’23 up 54.05 percent in 10 Years from $12,499,170 in ’13 (Projected at $21 Million in ’24)


  • BankPlus Amphitheater Record-Setting Concert Events (12) & Tripled Revenues
  • Neighborhood Park Trails & Pavilions In Progress
  • New Roofs at Snowden Grove Park Nearing Completion
  • Arena Volleyball Parking Expansion Completed
  • Pickleball Courts (4) Completed Becoming Major Attraction
  • Perfect Game Baseball Tournament Inaugural Year Success
  • Tennis Expansion Underway for 8 Additional Courts
  • Cherry Valley Park Enhancement Design Underway
  • Performing Arts Center Study Underway
Southaven Mayor Darren Musselwhite


  • Archive Library Completed
  • Tribute Hall First 2 Honorees with 3 Projected Honorees in ‘24
  • Historical Marker Signs Placed at The Tree and Jaycee Pool with Pending Signs for Cherry Valley Park, Chickasaw Indian Trail, and Jago Locations


  • Getwell Road South Widening Project Tremendous Progress
  • Pepper Chase Road South Extension Completed
  • Getwell (May to Nail) Multi-Use Trail Completed
  • Getwell (Nail to Church) MPO Multi-Use Trail Nearing Construction in ‘24
  • Nail Road Extension (Getwell to Tchulahoma) in Design
  • Snowden Lane Widening (Goodman to May) in Design
  • Street Resurfacing ($6.4 million, highest in history)
  • Drainage Improvement Projects Completed ($500K)
  • Autumn Woods Drainage Project in Design
  • Carriage Hills Estates Drainage Project in Design
  • Rasco/Greenbrook Parkway, Guthrie/Airways, Stateline/Swinnea, and Church/Tchulahoma Traffic Signals in Design
  • Driving Desoto Campaign Underway for I-55 Widening with $25 Million Legislative Allocation


  • Police Officer Growth of 39 percent in 5 years (165 from 119 in FY ’19)
  • Police Massive Funding Investment of 60 percent in 5 years ($19,367,256 from $12,107,758 in FY ’19)
  • Operation: Close the Door Underway to Secure our Northern Border
  • General Flat Crime Statistics Showing Outstanding Police Effort Considering Growth and Unique Geographic Challenges
  • New Police East Precinct Under Construction to Address Growth
  • Fire Hydrant Expansion in All Annexed Areas Completed ($7.4 million project)
  • Fire Station #5 Making Significant Progress with Completion in ‘24


  • Horn Lake Creek Basin Interceptor Sewer District/Memphis Sewer Funding Solution and Transition Agreement with DCRUA Expected in ‘24
  • Utilities and IT Expansions in Renovated Dorchester/51 Buildings
  • Property Database Nearing Completion for Enhanced Nuisance Property Ordinance to Address Rental Property Challenges Among Others

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