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Hammond, IN

#228 Apr 5, 2012
I used to visit Mariana, ARK with my godmother whose name was Mary Walker. Her family was in Mariana and she moved to Gary, IN. We visited every summer in the 1950's. I had such a great time as a child in Mariana and I wanted to know if she had any family members still living in Mariana, especially those 60 years old or older.
I am saddened to hear what is going on there now. I wanted to visit, but now I am quite fearful.
Does anyone remember a Mary Walker (I don't know her maiden name??) from Gary, In? If so, please e mail me at [email protected] Thanks.
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Benton, AR

#229 Apr 11, 2012
The only way a murderer from Lee Co. gets caught is, if he shows up in another county. Other law enforcement seem to be better at finding "our" criminals than "we" are. Most killers around here are still runnin' the streets.
Marianna Resident

United States

#230 Sep 3, 2012
Our town is no diffent than any other town in the U.S. The people here know each other good & bad. But that doesn't mean everyone is on drugs or crooked. I've lived here all my life, for 31 years & im not a druggie or crooked & i know alot of other people thats the same as i. So for all of you thats has moved away....its because you cant handle the country life so yall moved away to try & live the the dperfect house wives live.(betcha its not working to well for y'all. either. BUT since yall no longer live here nor wanna speak about the good in marianna Start a blog on ya own town cause we're from the south & we dont give a flying F*#% what yall say IT'S y'alls loss not ours! OK THANK YALL & GOODBYE

North Little Rock, AR

#232 Oct 8, 2012
Here it is 2012 and Carl McCree a Lt with the Marianna Police Department still at the MPD when Williams took over as Mayor he said he would get rid of him,Mayor Wiliams is sleeping with Talise Montgomery, Chief Wilson is sleeping with radio operator, and Mildred. McCree is sexually harassing every woman he can, on the police firce and off. He lies and locks people up to keep them in jail well he sleeps with the lady, Yes he does this, Mayor allows it to happen and Wilson is know better he screwing who he wants also. Mayor Williams should be sahmed of him self he has a wife and family. Nasty old man. Marianna Police Department is a JOKE.
think pink

United States

#233 Oct 9, 2012
I heard he was screwing one of the Fields skanks, eather the pill headed ugly mother or the cracked out ho daughter
i know

United States

#234 Oct 11, 2012
Honeycutt is that you?
Trojan 87

Memphis, TN

#235 Nov 27, 2012
I hate to say it, but I agree with the negative press. There is still good people in Marianna and the lack of jobs in the area is made things worse.

Van Buren, AR

#236 Apr 2, 2015
Anybody how to get in touch with mark Thorne just learned Otto died wanted talk to mark

Beggs, OK

#237 May 24, 2015
Missing Home wrote:
I grew up in Marianna, and my parents still live there. I was there last week and I grow more and more depressed each time I go home as I see the town continue to decline.
It's not just Marianna, but almost all of the Delta towns are declining. There are no jobs, few opportunities, so the good people are leaving and what you have left are the people who are too old to move and the dirtbags who are dragging the town down. Helena is the same way, as is Forrest City. I don't really know what it will take to bring these towns back, or even if it is possible, but I have been trying to move back there now for a couple of years (I'm in Fayetteville now) and recently I have been second guessing that desire. I don't know that I can in good conscience drag my wife and 2 kids back there when the town is as it is, especially as the town apparently continues to decline.
To be honest and blunt, there is a huge racial divide in Marianna. This divide is keeping the blacks and whites from working together to revitalize the town. I'm white, and I see other white people who shrug and say "it's the blacks' fault". That's their excuse. It doesn't require them to get off their rears and try to do something. Blame it on "them" so the responsibility is not yours. I know that regardless of race, there are people who love the town and hate to see it's decline, and I also know that regardless of race, there are people who are bringing the town down. I see garbage being thrown out of car windows drivin by whites and blacks. I see houses caving in from neglect that are owned/lived in by both whites and blacks. Yet what I haven't seen is whites and blacks working together to do something about it. Until this racial obstacle is overcome I don't see anything changing, and even then, unless something comes into the town to revitalize it economically, it won't get any better.
The Mayor is a conman, as was his predecessor. The worst mistake Marianna made was to start paying the Mayor a salary (Martin Chaffin started that). Before Chaffin the mayor was a volunteer position and we had someone there who did the job because they cared, not because it was an easy paycheck and an easy way to skim off of the city revenue. I have heard the police force has been cleaned up with Kevin Evans "Tater", but I don't know if that's true or not (anyone care to fill me in)?
As long as the people of Marianna continue to do nothing, the town will continue to decline. When people see garbage all over town, roads that are falling apart, 20 cars parked in people's front yards, and homes that are allowed to fall apart, where do they get motivation to keep their own affairs in order? It seems that the people there who cared have died or moved off, and while there are still a few there who really care, they are too few and the task at hand seems insurmountable to them so they don't even try.
I don't have any answers, just ranting a bit. I love that town, but I love it as it was 15-20 years ago, and it pains me to see it literally drying up.
I think the real problem in the area is the economy. That is what has kept me from moving back there. There aren't any jobs there. That is perhaps an insurmountable obstacle when it comes to revitalizing the town, but as long as the people are unwilling to try to clean the town up and do their part, I don't think it will get any better.
What do you mean police force cleaned up with kevin evans tater? He killed himself yrs ago....he was a better cop than the criminals they have now...that police dept has been in ruins ever since former chief steve davis retired snd got the hell out of it's just a small town terrorist organazation

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