Board of Alderman vote in favor of Southaven volleyball league

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SOUTHAVEN, Miss. — The Southaven Board of Alderman has approved a contract that allows a volleyball league to take over the Southaven Arena.

The city voted six to one in favor of the plan, seeing it as a way to bring in more revenue.

The venue is currently being used for the Southaven flea market, so the board’s decision could force it to move. The city  couldn’t say for sure one way or another, claiming it all hinges on whether or not a cover can be placed on the volleyball court to protect it.

Organizers of the flea market said they would be willing to make the necessary adjustments to protect the floor if they are allowed to stay. They declined to make a comment to the media at this time.

The news comes just days after things got heated between Representative Ashley Henley and Mayor Darren Musselwhite at a Board of Alderman meeting when the topic came up.

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Henley, whose district includes Southaven, said she was at the meeting last week after a number of her constituents had asked her to seek an assurance from the mayor that the flea market and other events would be allowed to continue using the arena should the volleyball tournaments be approved.

“What we are talking about … are opportunities available for the citizens that are within the general vicinity … that they will actually use,” said Henley at Tuesday’s meeting. “I get that it’ll make more money for the city and it’ll help you buy prettier signs.”

But the mayor had harsh words for Henley.

“You’ve made it clear that you’re an anti-tax and anti-fee person. You’re a radical, political rightwing. That’s what you are,” Musslewhite said.

He later added, “You need to get this message before you leave tonight: The people of Southaven need you to go to Jackson and do your job. We have roads falling apart throughout this state, our teachers don’t make enough money.”

“I mean no personal disrespect to Representative Henley and respectfully and patiently attempted to answer her questions until it became apparent that she wanted to use the City board meeting to promote her radical anti-tax, anti-fee political ideology,” he told WREG after the incident.