JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - A turf battle is shaping up between two Jackson County communities. Cumbest Bluff and Three Rivers are in the northern part of the county along Highway 63. One county supervisor, who just happen to be named Cumbest, is pushing to expand the area known as Cumbest Bluff.
Henry Beard and his friends were born and raised in Three Rivers.
"Our forefathers put a lot of blood and sweat in building this area up," said Beard.
Beard and several other community members came to this meeting to make sure supervisors know their area is important. They said they don't like the idea of renaming it Cumbest Bluff.
"You don't let your children come up and say, 'Daddy, tomorrow we are going to change our names to the Whites, not the Cumbests.' It doesn't happen that way and it shouldn't happen this way," Jackson County resident Charlie Miles said
Supervisor Barry Cumbest said the area where some of his family grew up should get some more recognition.
"Cumbest Bluff has been here as long as Three Rivers. Both areas have always been intertwined; Cumbest Bluff and Three Rivers, to me growing up, they were always one in the same, really," said Cumbest.
The area fire station carries the Three Rivers name, and MDOT has signs up directing drivers to Three Rivers. Supervisor Cumbest wants MDOT to designate Cumbest Bluff with signs, and even expand into the Three Rivers area.
"They are unincorporated communities, and they are just communities. If you were going to have legal borders, you would have to incorporate," said Cumbest.
But Three Rivers residents believe more people live in their region, and they presented supervisors with 300 signed petitions opposing any change.
"This is not a black or white issue; this is a heritage issue," Beard said.
A compromise idea from Supervisor John McKay didn't go over well either.
"What if we called that area Three Rivers-Cumbest Bluff or Cumbest Bluff-Three Rivers?" McKay asked.
After both parties voiced their options about this debate, they then set a meeting date to see if they could iron out their difference before the board is forced to make a final decision.