HOLLY SPRINGS, Miss. -- Holly Springs has a lot going for it.
Its collection of antebellum homes draw tourists from around the world, and its proximity to Memphis gets the attention of businesses.
Exyah Anderson calls it the perfect combination.
”There is some jobs here, really wonderful people here and I love it.”
Holly Springs Mayor Kelvin Buck wants to accentuate the positive with a sweeping clean-up campaign.
”The keep it clean Holly Springs program is designed to deal with both the blight and bring an awareness to the idea of keeping our city clean.”
The program aims to polish the town’s image, starting with its core and working through the neighborhoods.
The mayor aims to clean up of overgrown lots and boarded up buildings.
Holly Springs leaders are so serious about their clean up efforts, they decided to start with City Hall to set an example.
The city has begun to get tough on property owners, too.
Mayor Buck says cleaning up the town changes attitudes, promotes pride, and cuts down on crime.
”It is infectious. I think when people see these people doing things that give a level of pride, show a level of concern and commitment to beautifying our community they all begin to try to feed into that.”
He added it also helps attract new business and jobs to a town he says has lots of development potential.
The city has even revamped and put new effort into its adopt-a-street program with new signage that has residents excited.
”I think it’s wonderful, I think it’s great because it’s just gonna help our city,” said Anderson.
Mayor Buck aims to have people think of Holly Springs they way they do of Collierville and Olive Branch. Maybe even better.