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Name Change for Catfish Alley?

Posted by Heather Black | August 07, 2012 / 10:42pm | Local News
COLUMBUS, Ms.(WCBI) -- A request to rename a well-known downtown Columbus area after a long-time family restaurant stirs some controversy.

The city Council tabled for two weeks a request from the family of the late Sallie Mae Jones to name a block of 4th Street South Sallie Mae Jones Catfish Alley. The area already is popularly known as Catfish Alley for its history of being a center for catfish fishermen in the 1950s and early 1960s. Jones first worked in the block in the 1940s and then opened Sallie's Cafe. It's now known as Jones cafe and still is run by her family. But some council members and property owners say they want a little more time to consider the impact on everything from 9-1-1 dispatchers to other streets in the city.

"Bringing up the issue and telling people a little bit about my mother who has been there since the 1940s that maybe we could get the council to consider the name change,"said Laura Chambler.

"I have partners I haven't checked with them, haven't run it by my tenants so I'm glad the council decided to at least give it some time. I'm certainly not opposed to the issue,"said Stewart Stafford.

The Council also may take the two-week delay to develop a policy about naming streets. Jones' family plans to celebrate her 100th birthday later this month.
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