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3 On The Road: Simpson County-Laid back life in the country

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SIMPSON COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Between them, Simpson County administrator Rhuel Dickinson and Board of Supervisors President Curtis Skiffer have about 22 years of service to the county. They like it here, and not just because of their strong family ties to the area.

"Simpson County's a great place to live," said Dickinson. "We're close enough to the Jackson metropolitan area that we can access all of the stores and resources that are available in that area, and yet we're far enough away that we're out in the country and we have good country living."

Dickinson says the county budget is not a problem, but, like state, they could use a bit more cash for roads.

"We have about 930 miles of county roads that we oversee, so that's our challenge," he added.

Mother Nature is another challenge. Just last month, an EF-2 was the latest tornado to make a mess of things. They've gotten pretty good at responding.

"Our people come out," said Skiffer. "They'll come out and volunteer, and they will help. They identify a need and they will volunteer and they come out."

About 27,000 people live here, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics puts the unemployment rate at 5.2 percent, slightly below the state average. Dickinson says the biggest employers are health-related agencies like the Boswell Regional Center and the Millcreek of Magee Treatment Center.

The Strong River winds its way through the county, all the way to the Pearl, which forms the county line near Georgetown.

"(It's a) feature in Simpson County that causes problems when we have flooding, which we had a couple of years ago," said Dickinson. "But at the same time, it provides benefits with recreational and fishing activities." 

Skiffer, who grew up in the Jupiter community near D'Lo, says he and his fellow supervisors may not always agree on every issue, but they work together well.

"We have five guys on the board that dedicate themselves as public servants," he said. "We might vary in our opinions about items, but at the end of the day, we will join together and settle on wheat's best for Simpson County. That, I think, speaks volumes, because we work together for the good of Simpson County."

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