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PROJECT: Seale-Haire Lease, Panola County, MS.


Status: Permitting Complete






Memphis Stone and Gravel Company seeked authorization to operate a sand and gravel mining two separate parcels in Panola County. The parcels are listed below and commonly referred to jointly as “Seale-Haire”:



Seale Property
Map 184, Section 18, Parcels 6 and 25
Panola County, MS

Haire Property
Map 184, Section 18, Parcels 4, 5, 23, 24
Panola County, MS



The Seale-Haire lease contains approximately 65 acres, which includes about 22 acres of sand and gravel. The project is near MS&G’s existing wash plant permitted as the "Brasell Mine" (Surface Mining Permit P02-056). The property is located approximately a one mile south of Highway 6 on the west side of Hwy 35. Memphis Stone and Gravel Company has a ten year lease on the property.  Part of the property (18 acres) of the leased area is inside the City limits of Batesville. While this represents only 28% of the leased area, it is 40% of the reserves. The current zoning of the property in the City is C-2 and R-2.  The remainder of the Leased area is in Panola County and is zoned agriculture.


On May 19, 2008, the Batesville City Planning Commission heard MS&G’s application for a variance to mine the subject property inside the city limits. The Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve the variance request and recommend same to the Mayor and Board of Alderman. On July 15, 2008, MS&G was granted a variance by the City.  The Panola County Planning Commission considered the Special Exception request for the project on September 8, 2008.  At that meeting the mattered was tabled until the members of the Commission could go visit the site.  On October 13, 2008, the Planning Commission voted to unaminously approve the matter. The matter was appealed to the Board of Supervisors by a concerned citizen living in the area and a hearing  was scheduled for November 10, 2008.


It is difficult to predict exactly the start date because of the uncertainties about future demand at our existing operation and the possibility of future reserves being added to existing operations. We expect the project to have a 5 to 10 year time line after the start date. We have a ten year lease on the property. 



The matter was heard and approved Board of Supervisors on December 8, 2008 .  

Memphis Stone and Gravel has received a surface mining permit and stormwater coverage from the Mississippi Dept. of Environmental Quality.

Opponents of the project have filed suit in Circuit Court to reverse the City's Variance.  The Circuit Court upheld the City's Variance. 



City of Batesville Variance Request (Note:  Panola County Special Exception is very similar in content and will not be repeated)  
Illustration of General Site Plan
Illustration of Mine Plan
Illustration of Post Mining Reclamation

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