Movie officials set to film inside Adams County jails

Published 12:11am Tuesday, November 5, 2013

NATCHEZ — With the start of filming of “Get On Up” in Natchez Monday, even the seat of Adams County’s government is going a little Hollywood.

The Adams County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution to allow JB Films LLC to use portions of the historic county jail — now the supervisors’ offices — and the current jail, operated by the Adams County Sheriff’s Office, in the filming of the biographical depiction of the life of soul singer James Brown.

Board attorney Scott Slover said the film crew has also been granted access to an old office building, a county warehouse and possibly the former Belwood Country Club site if those spaces are needed.

But the film business wasn’t the only business matter the board discussed, and the supervisors adopted an agreement to sell 1.5 acres associated with the county’s port warehouse property to Natchez Railway.

The resolution adopted Monday was an amended version of a previous resolution, which would have been for 1.74 acres. Slover said under the change in the agreement, the county would retain .24 acres with a non-exclusive easement.

The $48,700 agreement was not put out for bid because it was sold specifically as part of an economic development package to expand the rail system in support of a $30 million expansion by Genesis Energy, Slover said.

In other news:

• The board approved the approximately $2,000 funding needed for a cultural impact study necessary before the county can move forward with the construction of a liquid loading dock in support of Elevance’s biorefinery in the Natchez-Adams County Port.

A cultural impact study determines if significant damage will come to artifacts or historical sites in the area by industrial development.

Adams County agreed to build the liquid loading dock as part of the economic recruitment package to bring Elevance to the area.

The company recently announced it had given the green light for the construction of its Natchez facility at the former Delta Biofuels site, which comes with a commitment of the creation of at least 165 permanent jobs.

• The board approved an extension of the interlocal agreement creating Natchez-Adams County Metro Narcotics.

Slover said the agreement had no changes to it other than to request to extend the term to the end of the current board of supervisors’ and sheriff’s tenures rather than an annual renewal.

Metro Narcotics is a drug enforcement task force composed of deputies appointed by the sheriff’s office and officers from the Natchez Police Department. Though the sheriff’s office, the NPD and Metro work together on drug cases, Metro is technically autonomous and is self-funded through drug arrests and seizures.

Slover said the request to extend the agreement to the end of the term was made in part because the sheriff’s office is happy with the progress Metro has made in the last year.

The current board’s term will end in 2015.

• The board approved a request from Verizon Wireless to place six antennas on an existing C-Spire tower on U.S. 61 South.

County Tower Inspector Spencer Stutzman said the additional antennaes would improve 4G service in southern Adams County.

• The board met in executive session to discuss four matters of personnel performance.

During executive session, the board also discussed the potential sale of industrial property related to the county’s holdings at the former International Paper-Rentech site.