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Small business development assistance available

The Mississippi Small Business Development Center at Jones County Junior College provides counseling and educational services for existing and potential small businesses that enable the state to become the leading environment for small business success in the nation.

The MSBDC was established at Jones County Junior College in 1991 to assist small business owners and entrepreneurs, and its service area covers 10 counties in the Pine Belt Region: Clarke, Covington, Forrest, Greene, Jefferson Davis, Jones, Lamar, Marion, Perry and Wayne. 

The MSBDC is a joint effort funded by Jones County Junior College, Mississippi Small Business Development Center and the U.S. Small Business Administration.  MSBDC is part of the Advanced Technology Center at the Advanced Technology Center in the Howard Technology Park near Ellisville. 

General services are provided at no cost and all client information is strictly confidential. The agency provides assistance with business planning, financial analysis, marketing, sales, management and funding preparation. 

The center offer workshops covering a full range of business training areas, including preparation for starting a business, how to write a business plan, contract procurement, loan processes and preparation, financial analysis, sales, management, marketing, using online resources to assist business success and many more.  

Small business owners and entrepreneurs in the MSBDC at JCJC area are invited to take advantage of these services. To find out more or to make an appointment, call (601) 477-4235 or send an e-mail at sbdc@jcjc.edu.

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We have tax incentives and credits for businesses

Tax Exemptions, Incentives and Credits

The following documents  -- provided by the Wayne County Economic Development District and Mississippi Development Authority -- explain the various Mississippi tax exemptions, incentives and credits which are available for industries and businesses operating in the Magnolia State. Each link will take you to a new site explaining comprehensive details of each program.

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Post office locations in Wayne County

The United States Postal Service operates four public facilities in Wayne County. The following is a breakdown of their locations and service hours:

Waynesboro

704 Azalea Drive, Waynesboro, Mississippi, 39367. Telephone: 601-735-4417. Retail hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Thursday: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Saturday: 9 to 11 a.m.

Last collection hours: Monday through Friday at 4:45 p.m.; Saturday at 10:45 a.m.

Bulk mail acceptance hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Thursday from 8 to 11:30 a.m.

Passport acceptance/photo hours (appointment required): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon. No Saturday service.

Buckatunna

2360 Buckatunna-Chicora-Clara Road, Buckatunna, Mississippi, 39322. Telephone: 601-648-2231. Retail hours: Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.; Saturday: 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Last collection hours: Monday through Friday at 3:45 p.m.; Saturday at 10:30 a.m.

Bulk mail acceptance hours: Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.; Saturday from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Clara

21 Clara School Road, Clara, Mississippi, 39324. Telephone: 601-735-2768. Retail hours: Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and 1:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday: Closed.

Last collection hours: Monday through Friday at 3:45 p.m.; Saturday at 8:30 a.m.

Bulk mail acceptance hours: Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 2 p.m.; Saturday: Closed.

State Line

240 Main Street, State Line, Mississippi, 39362. Telephone: 601-848-7894. Retail hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.; Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to noon. Saturday: 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Last collection hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 4 p.m.; Thursday at noon; Saturday at 10:30 a.m.

Bulk mail acceptance hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.; Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to noon; Saturday from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Passport acceptance/photo hours (appointment required): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 3 p.m.; Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon. No Saturday service.

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What industries call Wayne County home?

Wayne County is home to a diverse array of businesses and industries involved in everything from energy production to wood products and from agriculture to chemical manufacturing. The things that set our area apart -- a top-notch workforce, low taxes and an unparalleled quality of life -- support those entities that already make Wayne County their home and entice those looking to expand or invest to locate here.

Here are just some of the major businesses and industries that call Wayne County home:

American Midstream Partners LP (Regional office - 103 E. Franklin St., Quitman, Mississippi. Phone: 601-776-6721; Plant - 595 Ceamon Pittman Road, Waynesboro, Mississippi. Phone: 601-671-8800). American Midstream's Bazor Ridge natural gas gathering and processing system consists of about 160 miles of pipeline and three compressor stations in Wayne, Jasper, Clarke and Greene counties in Mississippi. The system also contains a cryogenic sour natural gas treating and processing plant located in Wayne County. For information, visit American Midstream Partners LP.

Clark Oil Companies (720 Station Street, Waynesboro, Mississippi. Phone: 601-735-4847). Clark Oil Companies is a gasoline-diesel fuel distributor that is headquartered in Wayne County. The company got its start in 1962. The firm operates 47 fueling-service stations in the Southeastern United States, including Mississippi and Alabama, and is a wholeseller of petroleum products. For information, visit Clark Oil.

Dunn Roadbuilders LLC (Regional office - 411 West Oak Street, Laurel, Mississippi. Phone: 601-649-4111. Company maintains work yard on Industrial Park Road in Waynesboro). Dunn Roadbuilders LLC bids and performs general contracts involving industrial roads, storage yards, parking lots, subdivisions, municipal streets, airport taxiways and runways, resurfacing, and interstate and highway construction. For information, visit Dunn Roadbuilders LLC.

Hood Industries (915 Industrial Park Road, Waynesboro, Mississippi). Hood Industries was created in 1983, and grew with the acquisition of a lumber manufacturing plant in Wayne County in the late 1980s. Hood's organization -- which includes Hood Plywood and Hood Lumber -- as well as a distribution division, employs more than 1,100 people through both its manufacturing and distribution divisions. For information, visit Hood Industries.

Johnson Oil Company (148 Russell Drive, Waynesboro, Mississippi. Phone: 601-735-4737). Johnson Oil Company is a Wayne County-based oils, fuels and lubricants distributorship. (Sister company of T&C Specialty Distributors in Meadowlands Industrial Park.)

Kelley Companies (401 County Farm Road, Waynesboro, Mississippi. Phone: 601-735-5662; 601-735-2541). In October, 1955, Wayne Countians T.O. Kelley and E.L. Kelley founded Kelley Companies, and the main branch's name was Kelley Brothers Contracting. The firm would expand over the years to include Local LP Gas (a propane distributorship); Kelley Oil (a gasoline-diesel fuel distributorship); Al-Tom Forest Products (timber sawmill in Greene County); Kelwood Products (timber sawmill in Clarke County); Complete Environmental and Remediation Co. (environmental issues and clean-up); and EDL Labs (full-service environmental laboratory). The Kelley Companies are family-owned and operated Mississippi corporations. For information, visit Kelley Companies.

Odom Industries (800 Odom Industries Road, Waynesoro, Mississippi. Phone: 601-735-0088). Odom Industries is a chemical formulating, packaging and warehousing company that was founded in 1989 by Donald D. Odom Sr. and W. R. Odom Sr. Odom has two operating facilities -- in Waynesboro and Pachuta -- and has more than 200,000 square feet of production and warehousing capability. For information, visit Odom Industries.

Quality Plywood (160 Marshall Durbin Drive, Waynesboro, Mississippi. Phone: 601-735-3106). Quality Plywood was founded in 1976 and is a leading manufacturer of competitively priced, curved plywood components. Manufacturing takes place at the company's plant in the Wayne County Industrial Park. Quality Plywood operates an on-site vaneer mill to support its mission of meeting customer needs nationally and internationally. For information, visit Quality Plywood.

Scotch Plywood (110 Industrial Park Road, Waynesboro, Mississippi. Phone: 601-735-2881). For more than a century, Scotch Plywood has been a leader in the production of high-quality Southern Yellow Pine plywood in a variety of sizes and grades to meet any construction needs. Scotch's Waynesboro vaneer mill and log yard was constructed in 1969 in the Wayne County Industrial Park. For information, visit Scotch Plywood.

Southern Mississippi Trading Group (797 Industrial Park Road, Waynesboro, Mississippi. Phone: 601-735-5051). As a leading wholesale trading company in the Southern United States, Southern Mississippi Trading offers a diverse selection of lumber, building panels and other building materials including closeouts and wood products for industrial applications. SMTG offers diverse lines, competitively priced products, a large trading staff with vast expertise across product lines, truckload and carload capabilities, and conveniently-located inventory sites. For information, visit Southern Mississippi Trading Group.

T&C Specialty Distributors (431 County Farm Road, Waynesboro, Mississippi. Phone: 601-735-9040). T&C Specialty Distributors, which is located in the Meadowlands Industrial Park near Waynesboro, deals in wholesale pole line equipment. (Sister company of Johnson Oil Co., of Waynesboro).

T.K. Stanley Inc. (6739 Highway 184, Waynesboro, Mississippi. Phone: 601-735-2855). T.K. Stanley Inc. was originally founded as a sawmill in Wayne County and was incorporated in 1979.  Over the years, the company has diversified and developed a relationship with the oil and gas industry as the premier rig mover and location builder. The company continues its long ties with the timber industry in Wayne County, and also performs regional and national construction and repair services as it relates to pipelines as well as a wide range of oilfield services. For information, visit T.K. Stanley Inc.

Union Oilfield Supply Inc. (12 John Dykes Road, Waynesboro, Mississippi. Phone: 601-735-6104). Union Oilfield Supply Inc., serves the oil and gas industry locally and regionally by providing equipment and technology to meet those energy sector needs.

Wayne General Hospital (950 Matthew Drive, Waynesboro, Mississippi. Phone: 601-735-5151). Wayne General Hospital is dedicated to providing quality health care for residents of Wayne County and surrounding areas of Southeast Mississippi and Southwest Alabama. WGH is an 80-bed general acute care hospital offering laboratory services, radiology, physical therapy, inhalation therapy, surgery, an intensive-care unit, swing-bed, obstetrics, home health, hospice, wellness center, ambulance services and emergency room services. For information, visit Wayne General Hospital.

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How can I purchase a hunting-fishing license?

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks is responsible for licensing resident and non-resident hunters and fishermen wishing to take part in these outdoor activities in Wayne County and across the Magnolia State.

STATE HUNTING REGULATIONS

All persons born on or after January 1, 1972, must satisfactorily complete a hunter education course approved by the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks before purchasing a Mississippi hunting license. If it is determined that the holder was not entitled to issuance or obtained the license or hunter education certificate by fraudulent means, the license will be revoked or canceled. It is unlawful to issue a hunting license to any person in this age group without proof of completion of the hunter education course. [Mississippi Code 49-7-20]

Resident - Each resident of Mississippi ages sixteen (16) through sixty-four (64), must obtain a hunting license, except while hunting on lands titled in his or her name. Any person sixty-five (65) or older, or any person otherwise exempted from obtaining a hunting license, must have documentation with him or her at all times while hunting as described in "Exemptions" (seen below) [Mississippi Code 49-7-5].

Non-Resident - All non-resident hunters, except minors under the age of sixteen (16), are required to obtain a hunting license while hunting in the Mississippi.

Exemptions - Residents who are blind, paraplegic, a multiple-amputee, adjudged totally disabled by the Social Security Administration or totally service connected disabled by the Veterans Administration are not required to purchase a HUNTING OR FISHING LICENSE. [Mississippi. Code 49-7-5 and 49-7-9]. Residents exempt based on this criteria are required to have proof of their age, residency, disability status or other physical impairment in their possession while engaged in hunting and fishing activities. All exempt licenses previously issued for DISABILITIES are null and void.

Proof of Residency - ONLY PERSONS DOMICILED WITHIN THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI AS DEFINED IN SECTION 49-7-3 OF THE MISSISSIPPI CODE, AS AMENDED, ARE ENTITLED TO OBTAIN A RESIDENT HUNTING/ FISHING LICENSE.
Under this section, a person's domicile is that person's principal or primary home or place of abode. Provided, however, a person holding a current driver license is deemed to be domiciled within the state that issued the driver license. Even if a person currently resides within the State of Mississippi, for purposes of obtaining a hunting license, he/she is considered to be domiciled in the state which issued the driver license.

I. If you hold a current driver license:
a. If you hold a current Mississippi driver license, you are entitled to purchase a resident hunting license.
b. If you hold a driver license from any state other than Mississippi, you are required to purchase a non-resident hunting license.

II. If you DO NOT hold a current driver license from any state:
You are entitled to purchase a resident hunting license if Mississippi is your principal or primary home or place of abode. A current Mississippi resident income tax return or a homestead exemption receipt may be considered as evidence of domicile, but these are not necessarily determinative. You may be denied a resident hunting license if you fail to provide adequate proof.

EXCEPTIONS
Even if you are domiciled in another state, you may purchase a resident hunting license if you provide either (1) a current identification card from a Mississippi college or university; or (2) a current military ID card showing that you are an active member of the Armed Forces (excluding Reserves and the National Guard) and proof that you are stationed on a military base in Mississippi.

Proof of age may be shown by the following:
A. A valid driver license; or
B. Copy of birth certificate

Mississippi Lifetime License - Resident lifetime license applicants must prove that they have been domiciled in the State of Mississippi for a minimum of eighteen (18) months immediately prior to issuance of such licenses.

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Seeking a Notary Public in Wayne County?

Individuals seeking the services of a Notary Public in Wayne County can access a free searchable database provided by the Mississippi Secretary of State's office via the link below. The link identifies those holding the title of Notary Public, how those individuals can be reached and the status of their licensure.

On the initial search page, enter "WAYNE" under the county search paramaters and all Notary Publics in the Wayne County area of Mississippi will be listed.

NOTARY PUBLIC SEARCH

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Search for Wayne County and Mississippi businesses

The Mississippi Secretary of State's office makes it easy to research information about businesses chartered in Wayne County and the Magnolia State. Click on the link below and you will be transferred to the Secretary of State's business database where you can conduct a free search.

MISSISSIPPI SECRETARY OF STATE BUSINESS SEARCH

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How can I reach the Wayne County District Attorney?

The Wayne County District Attorney, who serves four counties -- Wayne, Clarke, Lauderdale and Kemper, serves as the prosecutor that represents the people of Mississippi in all criminal matters originating in a trial court.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Mississippi 10th Judicial Circuit District Attorney: E.J. "Bilbo" Mitchell. Address: P.O. Box 5163, Meridian, MS 39302. Telephone: 601-482-9757. Fax: 601-483-0085.

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How can I contact Wayne County's state legislators?

Wayne County is represented in the Mississippi Legislature by one Senator and two House of Representatives members.

District 43 Sen. Phillip A. Gandy (R)

Senator Gandy was elected to the Legislature's upper house in 2012 and represents the 43rd District, which includes Wayne, Greene, George and Stone counties in South Mississippi. A Republican, Gandy is a native of Hickory and a resident of Waynesboro where he pastors Liberty Baptist Church.

His committee assignments in the Mississippi Senate include: Ethics (chairman); Agriculture; Appropriations; County Affairs; Drug Policy; Energy; Forestry; Veterans and Military Affairs.

Gandy can be reached in writing at P.O. Box 1018, Jackson, MS 39215; by email at pgandy@senate.ms.gov; and through his Jackson office at 601-359-3252.

District 86 Rep. Sherra Hillman Lane (D)

Representative Lane was elected to serve in the Mississippi House in 2005 and her district includes portions of Wayne, Perry and Clarke counties. A Democrat, Lane is an attorney and previously served as a social worker, teacher and farmer. She is a native of Waynesboro.

Her committee assignments in the Mississippi House of Representatives include: Medicaid (vice chairperson); Agriculture; Enrolled Bills; Judiciary B; Judiciary En Banc; and Ways and Means.

Lane can be reached in writing at P.O. Box 1018, Room 102-C, Jackson, MS 39215; be email at slane@house.ms.gov; and through her Jackson office at 601-359-9485.

District 105 Rep. Dennis DeBar (R)

Representative DeBar was elected to serve in the Mississippi House in 2012, and his district includes southern portions of Wayne County along with Forrest, George, Greene and Perry counties. A Republican, DeBar is an attorney.

His committee assignments in the Mississippi House of Representatives include: Agriculture; Compilation, Revision and Publication; Corrections; Judiciary B; Judiciary En Banc; Military Affairs; Public Health and Human Services; and Ways and Means.

DeBar can be reached in writing at P.O. Box 1018, Room 400-F, Jackson, MS 39215; by email at ddebar@house.ms.gov; and through his Jackson office at 601-359-2436.

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How do I contact the Wayne County Chancery Court?

Chancery Courts have jurisdiction over disputes in matters involving equity; domestic matters including adoptions, custody disputes and divorces; guardianships; sanity hearings; wills; and challenges to constitutionality of state laws.

Land records are filed in Chancery Court. The Chancery Courts’ jurisdiction over equity matters involving less than $200,000 is concurrent with county courts.

Chancery Courts have jurisdiction over juvenile matters in counties which have no County Court. The chancellor may appoint a lawyer in private practice to sit as a youth court referee to hear juvenile matters such as delinquency, abuse and neglect.

Trials are typically heard by a chancellor without a jury, although state law allows parties to request a jury in Chancery Court.

COURT CONTACTS

Wayne County Chancery Court Clerk: Geary Jackson. Address: Wayne County Courthouse, 609 Azalea Drive, Waynesboro, MS 39367. Telephone: 601-735-2873.

District 19 (Wayne and Jones Counties) Chancery Court Judge: Franklin C. McKenzie Jr. Address: P.O. Box 1961, Laurel, MS 39441. Telephone: 601-428-7625.

District 19 (Wayne and Jones Counties) Court Administrator: Noelle McKinnon. Address: P.O. Box 1961, Laurel, MS 39441. Telephone: 601-428-7625.

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How do I contact the Wayne County Circuit Court?

Circuit Courts hear felony criminal prosecutions and civil lawsuits. Mississippi’s circuit courts have original jurisdiction over all civil and criminal matters not vested exclusively in another court. Circuit Courts also hear appeals from County, Justice and Municipal courts and from administrative boards and commissions such as the Workers’ Compensation Commission and the Mississippi Department of Employment Security.

Circuit Court judges are selected in non-partisan elections to serve four-year terms.

Most circuit court trials are heard with a 12-member jury and usually one or two alternate jurors. A judge may preside without a jury if the dispute is a question of law rather than fact. Circuit judges have the power to issue extraordinary writs.

Wayne, Clarke, Lauderdale and Kemper counties constitute Mississippi's 10th Circuit Court.

COURT CONTACTS

Wayne County Circuit Court Clerk: Rose Bingham. Address: Wayne County Courthouse, 609 Azalea Drive, Waynesboro, MS. Telephone: 601-735-1171.

Wayne County Circuit Judge (Mississippi 10th Judicial Circuit): The Honorable Robert W. Bailey. Address: P.O. Box 1667, Meridian, MS 39302. Telephone: 601-482-9741.

Wayne County Circuit Judge (Mississippi 10th Judicial Circuit): The Honorable Lester F. Williamson. Address: P.O. Box 86, Meridian, MS 39302. Telephone: 601-482-9741.

Mississippi 10th Judicial Circuit Court Administrator: Dana D. Wedgworth. Address: P.O. Box 1262, Meridian, MS 39302. Telephone: 601-482-9741.

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Where do I handle traffic tickets?

For those who have been ticketed for a traffic or moving violation in Wayne County (in areas outside of the corporate limits of Waynesboro and State Line) on any road, visit the Wayne County Justice Court at 810 Chickasawhay Street, Waynesboro, MS 39367 or call 601-735-3118 during business hours.

Justice Court officials are:

Post 1 Justice Court Judge Charles Chapman

Post 1 Constable Scott Frost

Post 2 Justice Court Judge Jane Hutto

Post 2 Constable Mark West

For tickets issued inside the Waynesboro corporate limits, contact the Waynesboro Municipal Court Clerk at 601-735-4899. The clerk's office is located inside the Waynesboro Police Station at 712 Wayne Street (next door to Waynesboro City Hall).

For tickets issued inside the State Line corporate limits, contact the State Line Town Hall at 601-848-7755.

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How can I register my boat?

To register a new boat, include the sales invoice showing proof of payment of Mississippi sales tax. If the boat was purchased in another state, you may pay Mississippi sales tax at the local county Tax Collector's office. Include this proof of payment with the registration application.

If registering or transferring ownership of a used boat include a notarized bill of sale describing the boat being purchased. If the bill of sale is not notarized, it must be signed by one witness. If a boat was previously registered and titled in a state that requires mandatory titling, you must also include the previous state's registration and title.

The registration application requires a Hull Identification Number. This number should contain 12 digits if the boat was manufactured after November, 1972. Examples of proper 12 digit Hull Identification Numbers will be: ABC456781272, ABC45678M73E or ABC45678A484. Boats manufactured prior to 1972 will have a serial number.


How to Renew a Boat Registration

Once a boat is registered a notice to renew the registration will be mailed to the owner by the MDWFP. For convenience and faster service you may renew you boat registration wherever hunting and fishing license are sold, by calling 1-800-5GO-HUNT (1-800-546-4868) which is available 24 hours a day, or Online at ms.gov. You may also mail your renewal to the MDWFP Boat Registration Department. You should notify MDWFP Boat Registration Department of any address changes.

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Where do I purchase a vehicle tag?

Those who reside in Wayne County and operate a motor vehicle must purchase a license plate from the Wayne County Tax Assessor-Collector's Office on the first floor of the courthouse near the east entrance to the building. For information related to documentation needed to purchase a tag, contact the Tax Assessor-Collector's Office at 601-735-3381 or 601-735-2588.

How long after I buy a new vehicle do I have to get the tag? 

The vehicle must be registered within 7 working days of the date you purchased the vehicle. If you purchased the vehicle outside of your home county, you have 9 working days from the date of purchase to register the vehicle before penalties apply.

I’m moving to Mississippi. How long do I have before I have to get a Mississippi tag? 

You have 30 days to register your vehicle(s) in Mississippi if you have a current registration (license plate) in your prior state of residence. If you do not register within 30 days of moving into this state, you will be charged the standard late fees and a $250 penalty. You will not be allowed the Legislative Tag Credit if your previous license plate has expired, or, if you never registered the vehicle in your prior state of residence.

How do I apply for a disabled tag/placard?

To apply for a disabled tag and/or placard, you need to submit to your county Tax Collector a Mississippi Disabled Parking Application.  The application must be completed by your licensed physician or nurse practitioner. There is no additional fee required to obtain a Disabled License Plate or Placard. (All regular taxes and registration fees must be paid.)

You may obtain the application from your Tax Collector. You must submit a new application when the image of the standard plate is changed, which is every 5 years. The statement must be dated within 90 days of your renewal application.

The Disabled Placard is a removable windshield placard that is hung from the rearview mirror of a vehicle when you park in a disabled parking space. The placard must be used only when a physically disabled person is the driver or passenger of the motor vehicle at the time of its parking.

It is illegal to park in a parking space reserved for persons with disabilities if you do not have the correct vehicle plates or parking permit. You can use the vehicle plates or placard in Mississippi and other states.

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Moving and need utility service?

For those relocating a residence or a business to Wayne County, here are some key contacts that can help get your utility services activated (note: Underlined information provides a direct Internet link to the agency you are seeking):

ELECTRIC POWER

Those living or doing business inside the Waynesboro corporate limits are served by Mississippi Power Co., which is headquartered at 807 Azalea Drive in Waynesboro. Mississippi Power can be reached by calling 800-532-1502 (for residential service) or 877-656-1836 (commercial and non-residential). Power outages can be reported anytime at 800-487-3275. Visit www.mississippipower.com.

Those living and doing business outside the Waynesboro corporate limits are served by Dixie Electric Power Association (north, central and southern), East Mississippi Electric Power Association (northeast corner of county) and Singing River Electric Power Association (including State Line and along Greene and Perry counties line). The Waynesboro Dixie EPA office is located at 618 Azalea Drive and can be reached by calling 601-735-2072. Singing River EPA can be reached locally by calling 601-735-3139. East Mississippi EPA's local office is located at 117 Carlson Avenue in Quitman or by calling 601-776-6271.

NATURAL GAS

The county is served by the Chickasawhay Natural Gas District, which is located at 609 Station Street (corner of Wayne and Station streets) in Waynesboro. For information, call 601-735-0920.

CABLE TELEVISION, INTERNET AND DIGITAL TELEPHONE

CMA Communications offers a broad variety of digital cable television, high speed Internet and telephone service to homes and businesses throughout its service area in both Wayne and Clarke counties. For information on services, contact 800-753-2465 or CMA's Waynesboro office in the Herbert's Mart Shopping Center (917-A Robinson Street) at 601-735-9060.

WATER

Wayne County is serviced by a municipal and several rural water associations -- depending on where you plan to locate. Please contact any of these offices with your physical address to see which water association or agency will service your needs:

City of Waynesboro (primarily inside corporate limits) -- Waynesboro City Hall, 714 Wayne Street, Waynesboro, MS 39367. 601-735-3121. www.waynesboroms.us.

Buckatunna Water Association (southeastern portions of Wayne County) -- Water Works Road, Buckatunna, MS 39322. 601-648-2532.

Clara Water Assocation (Clara community and surrounding areas) -- Buckatunna-Chicora-Clara Road, Waynesboro, MS 39367. 601-735-2428.

Hiwannee Water Association (northeast and northern portions of Wayne County and toward Alabama state line) -- 929 Wayne Street, Waynesboro, MS 39367. 601-735-5249.

Southwest Wayne Water Association (southwest portions of Wayne County) -- 1668 Mississippi Highway 63, Waynesboro, MS 39367. 601-735-4786.

Whistler Water Association (northwest portions of Wayne County toward Jones and Jasper counties) -- 5198 U.S. Highway 84, Waynesboro, MS 39367. 601-735-3531.

Beat 3 Greene County Water System (southern portions of Wayne County) -- 39560 Highway 63 North, Richton, MS 39476. 601-989-2850.

Beaver Meadow Waterworks Association (northwest portions of Wayne County) -- 107 North Front Street, Sandersville, MS 39477. 601-425-4452.

Beaverdam Water Association (western/northwestern portions of Wayne County) -- 1190 Highway 11, Heidelberg, MS 39439. 601-787-4714.

East Quitman Water Association -- 601-776-2775.

M&M Water Association (western portions of Wayne County) -- 8 Old Highway 84 East, Laurel, MS 39443. 601-425-1001.

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What about local schools?

Wayne County seeks to provide its young people with the education that will place them on the fast track toward success in college and the workforce. Here is a list of the school facilities in our county along with contact information:

EDUCATION - PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Beat Four School (Public: Kindergarten through 8th grade); 5090 U.S. Highway 84, Waynesboro, MS 39367; 601-735-2124. Principal: Belinda Singleton.

Buckatunna School (Public: Kindergarten through 8th grade); 11 Buckatunna-Mount Zion Road, Buckatunna, MS 39322; 601-648-2501. Principal: Ronnie Crane.

Clara School (Public: Kindergarten through 8th grade); 40 Clara School Road, Clara, MS 39324; 601-735-2065. Principal: Donna Hopkins.

Wayne County High School (Public: 9th through 12th grade); 1325 Azalea Drive, Waynesboro, MS 39367; 601-735-2851. Principal: B.R. Jones.

Wayne County Career and Technical Center (Public: High school vocational, technical and career training facility serving both Wayne County High School and Wayne Academy); 800 Collins Street, Waynesboro, MS 39367; 601-735-5036. Director: Bobby Jones.

Waynesboro Elementary School (Public: Kindergarten through 4th grade); 1022 Azalea Drive, Waynesboro, MS 39367; 601-735-2205. Principal: Dr. Beth Herring.

Waynesboro Middle School (Public: 5th through 8th grade); 155 Wayne Street, Waynesboro, MS 39367; 601-735-3159. Principal: Tyrone Marshall.

EDUCATION - PRIVATE SCHOOLS

Wayne Academy (Private: Pre-kindergarten through 12th grade); 46 Joe Jordan Drive, Waynesboro, MS; 601-735-2921. Headmaster: Wendell Barr.

EDUCATION - HEAD START CENTERS

Bryant-Turner Center (Friends of Children of Mississippi, Inc., Head Start facility); 215 Mississippi Drive, Waynesboro, MS 39367; 601-735-9844.

State Line Center (Mississippi Action for Progress Head Start facility); 82 Church Street, State Line, MS 39362; 601-848-7650.

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Where can I stay on a visit?

Here is a listing of Wayne County area hotels and motels for those stopping in on business or just passing through:

Claridge Inn and Suites, 1525 Azalea Drive, Waynesboro, MS 39367. Call 601-735-5081.

Budget Inn, 1307 Mississippi Drive, Waynesboro, MS 39367, Call 601-735-4383.

Traveler's Inn and Suites, 1305 Mississippi Drive, Waynesboro, MS 39367. Call 601-671-0051.

Lakeview Motel, 100 Mississippi Drive, Waynesboro, MS 39367. Call 601-735-2861.

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Where can I do my banking?

Bancorp South, 600 Azalea Drive (corner of Azalea Drive and Turner Street -- across from Wayne County Courthouse) in Waynesboro. Call 601-735-3181. Visit bancorpsouth.com online.

BankPlus, 913 Mississippi Drive (across from Herberts Mart Shopping Center) in Waynesboro. Call 601-735-5001. Visit bankplus.net online.

Citizens National Bank, 810 Mississippi Drive (corner of Mississippi Drive and Court Street) in Waynesboro. Call 601-735-4817. Visit YourCNB.com online.

First State Bank, 708 Azalea Drive (corner of Azalea Drive and Spring Street) in Waynesboro. Call 601-735-3124. OTHER BRANCHES: Northside Mini Bank in Herbert's Mart Shopping Center (Robinson Street near Mississippi Drive); Northeast Motor Bank (corner of Azalea Drive and Sullivan Drive -- across from Wayne County High School; Wal-Mart Branch, 1350 Azalea Drive in Waynesboro; Mortgage Loans office, 717 Wayne Street (corner of Wayne Street and Spring Street) in Waynesboro; BUCKATUNNA -- 2364 Buckatunna-Chicora-Clara Road (next to post office); CLARA -- 35 Buckatunna-Chicora-Clara Road (east of BCC Road and Clara School Road intersection). Visit firststatebnk.com online.

Great Southern National Bank, 1010 Azalea Drive (corner of Azalea Drive and Benton Street -- across from Wayne County Schools' Career and Technical Center). Call 601-735-4391. Visit gsnb.com online.

Regions Bank (corner of Azalea Drive and Spring Street) in Waynesboro. Call 800-734-4667. Visit regions.com online.

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What is the climate like in Wayne County?

Wayne County has a temperate climate with warm, humid summers and mild, dry winters.

January - Average high temperature is 58 degrees and average low temperature is 34 degrees.

February - Average high temperature is 63 degrees and average low temperature is 36 degrees.

March - Average high temperature is 70 degrees and average low temperature is 43 degrees.

April - Average high temperature is 77 degrees and average low temperature is 50 degrees.

May - Average high temperature is 84 degrees and average low temperature is 58 degrees.

June - Average high temperature is 90 degrees and average low temperature is 65 degrees.

July - Average high temperature is 92 degrees and average low temperature is 69 degrees.

August - Average high temperature is 92 degrees and average low temperature is 68 degrees.

September - Average high temperature is 87 degrees and average low temperature is 62 degrees.

October - Average high temperature is 78 degrees and average low temperature is 49 degrees.

November - Average high temperature is 68 degrees and average low temperature is 42 degrees.

December - Average high temperature is 60 degrees and average low temperature is 36 degrees.

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How do I obtain a marriage license?

A marriage license can be obtained in Wayne County through the Circuit Clerk's Office, which is located on the first floor of the courthouse near the South entrance. For information, contact the Circuit Clerk's Office at 601-735-1171. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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You didn’t answer my question here. Where can I get more help?

If we didn’t answer your question, don't hesitate to call our offices (Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) at 601-735-6056; fax us at 601-735-6246; or drop us an email at j.dunlap@cmaaccess.com.

If you are in Wayne County, visit our offices at 610 Azalea Drive (Mississippi Highway 184) in Waynesboro. We're across the street from the South entrance to the Wayne County Courthouse and we're located between Bancorp South and Dixie Electric Power Association.

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