Benton Academy visits Red Hills Coal Mine

Benton Academy's fifth grade class traveled to the Mississippi Lignite Mining Company (aka Red Hills Coal Mine) in March to tour the mining operation. The 5,900-acre mine is in Ackerman and formally began production in  2000. Red Hills Mine delivers approximately 3.5 million tons of coal per year, particularly to SUEZ Energy Resources and the Tennessee Valley Authority. The operation utilizes dragline and shovel for overburden removal and reclaims about 120 acres of land annually.  The students especially like seeing the giant equipment at work moving the coal from pit area to the plant area.  Pictured from left, standing, are Lindsey Hogue, Mary Frances White, Abby Kirk, Brett Pierce, Drew McMaster, Parker Nelson; kneeling, Madison Salter, Sarah Bailey Jackson, Maizey Ketchum, Avery Alexander, Ashlynn Wammack.