- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

CORINTH, Miss. (AP) - An Alcorn County judge has again put the Forrest Memorial Park Cemetery in Corinth up for sale.

The Mississippi secretary of state’s office says in a news release that a judge recently dismissed a request by SOUTHBank of Huntsville, Alabama, to block the sale. The bank is the sole lienholder of the cemetery. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said the bank had rejected an offer to purchase the cemetery.

“We want to put this issue to rest and are hopeful no further litigation will be filed to delay placing Forrest Memorial Park into private ownership,” Hosemann said.

Forrest Memorial Park Cemetery consists of about 12.5 acres and the sale includes real property only and does not include contractual obligations of the former owners.

The secretary of state’s office said Wednesday that sealed bids should be submitted to the chancery clerk’s office no later than 5 p.m. July 6. The bids will be opened no later than 3 p.m. July 7 and the property sold to the highest bidder.

All closing costs, surveying or legal fees are the responsibility of the individuals who purchase the property.

A 2011 investigation by Hosemann’s office found the cemetery’s pre-need trust accounts were depleted by approximately $473,521 by former owner Wayne Hight.

Hight was sentenced in 2013 to serve four years after pleading guilty to four counts of embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars. As part of his plea agreement Hight and his family agreed to sign over all their ownership interest in the Corinth cemetery and others to a court appointed receiver.

Hight served a year in prison.

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