TAYLORSVILLE, MS - This past weekend, the National Weather Service in Jackson surveyed damage in the aftermath of the severe weather that tracked through the area during the early morning hours of Christmas Eve. This EF-0 tornado began in downtown Taylorsville along Mississippi State Route 28 and Mississippi State Route 37, where two commercial signs were damaged and a utility pole was downed. Sheet metal from a business' roof was found wrapped onto the pole. The tornado continued eastward along Highway 28, and then paralleling Eaton Street where additional trees were snapped and uprooted. The tornado continued across Mississippi State Route 531 and along Smith County Road 4, snapping and uprooting additional trees before lifting.
RALEIGH, MS - This week, crews with the Beat 1 Supervisor's Office closed two seperate sections of County Road 19 for two improvement projects.
The first closure is from the junction of County Road 84 south to County Road 19-G in the Center Ridge community. This closure has no set completion date at this moment, and we expect the project to take several weeks.
The second closure is within Taylorsville at the Fisher Creek bridge. This bridge has been structurally deficient for a period of time now, and was allocated funds to be replaced under the Emergency Road and Bridge Repair Fund that the Mississippi Legislature authorized during the 2018 Extraordinary Session.
This closure will be a long-duration event that involves the complete replacement of the bridge. Access to homes on County Road 19 between the northern closure and the southern closure can be made via State Route 37 and County Road 72.
We understand that these closures will be a inconvenience for several months, but we ask for the patience of the traveling public as we work to improve Smith County's transportation network.
RALEIGH, MS - Effective today, 12/3, the Chancery Building will be CLOSED until Monday, 12/7, out of an abundance of caution after a county employee tested positive for COVID-19. All other county offices are not affected at this time. The regularly-scheduled Board of Supervisors meeting on Monday, 12/7 is also not affected by this closure.
Currently, there are 742 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Smith County, and 16 deaths. Remember to wear a mask when gathering with others, and social distance at all times.
For more information on COVID-19, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html