Chancellor Percy Lynchard rendered his opinion in the Olive Branch Annexation case on April 5, 2021. The City of Olive Branch sought to annex an area of 41 square miles that would have more than doubled the size of the city. The DeSoto County Board of Supervisors, along with the City of Hernando, and numerous individuals objected to the massive annexation sought by Olive Branch. The Chancellor's opinion found that while there was a need for Olive Branch to expand, the extent of the annexation was not reasonable. In his opinion, Chancellor Lynchard reduced the area sought to be annexed by Olive Branch and allowed annexation of only 18.6 square miles. Smith Phillips' attorneys Tony Nowak and Paul Scott represented DeSoto County in the eight-day long trial in DeSoto County Chancery Court. In an effort to make accurate information available to those interested in the outcome of this case, we are providing links below to the full text of Chancellor Lynchard's opinion and a Post Annexation Map showing which areas were allowed to be annexed and which areas were excluded.
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