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LODGING:
Scottish Inn
Taylorsville

MS SMITH COUNTY RESTAURANTS:

Raleigh:
Ward's

Taylorsville:
Huddle House
Ward's
Subway
Catfish Cabin
Zapote's

Mize:
Hamburger House
Sam's Place





Education
Raleigh is the county seat of Smith County. The town of Raleigh covers an area of 5.0 square miles and as of 2008,has a population of 1,230. The elevation is 544 feet, and there is an average annual rainfall of 57 inches. The town is named for Raleigh, NC.

Raleigh is well-located and has close access to Hwys 18, 35, 37, and 501.
The main street in town is actually Highway 35 which runs north to Forest and southwest to Mize. Highway 37 runs north from Taylorsville and connects with Highway 35 in Raleigh. Highway 18 runs east to Bay Springs only 10 miles away, and west to Brandon in Rankin County. Highway 501 is connected to Highway 18 just east of Raleigh and goes north through Pineville and on into Forest in Scott County.

The Smith County Courthouse is the focal point of Raleigh's main street. In 2005, a dedication service was held in honor of the new dome that had been built to replaced the original dome damaged in the eighteen hundreds. Raleigh is the home of the Smith County Genealogy Society.

The public library in Raleigh houses all genealogical records from the county, and has computer access to online databases and records that patrons may use. Librarian Sherri Harris says new hours are 9:30-5:30 weekdays and 9:00-12:00 on the second Saturday of each month. This coincides with the Smith County Genealogical Society meeting so members may use the library resources for their reserach. Wi Fi Hot Spots and public computers are available for patron use.
Smith County Courthouse   Raleigh, MS
   


A beautiful new Chancery Building is now in use in Raleigh. The new building is directly across from the Smith County Courthouse. The building houses the Chancery Clerk and Chancery Court, plus the Supervisor's Office and Meeting Room. There are two Chancery Court Courtrooms, and one Youth Court Courtroom.
There is a large new Chancery Clerk's office and record room where all available public land records and chancery court records are housed.
Justice Court has moved to Courthouse, and Circuit Court is still held in the Courthouse.

The building the Supervisors were in is now occupied by 911 Department.


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RALEIGH CITY OFFICIALS:

MAYOR:   Honorable Bobby Maddox

                               City Clerk: Helen Bounds
                            
  • Ward 1:   John Butler
  • Ward 2:   Curtis David Hegwood
  • Ward 3:   James Dixon
  • Ward 4:   Otis Seaberry
  • Ward 5:   Griff Kelly

Raleigh is conveniently located within a triangle of larger cities in Mississippi.
Jackson, Meridian, and Hattiesburg form this triangle, and provide most any goods and services needed. Bienville National Forest covers most of northern Smith County.

Natural woodlands and parks are plentiful in Smith County, offering rich recreational opportunities such as fishing, boating and swimming recreation.
 

Smith County Agricultural Complex in Raleigh
The Smith County Youth Livestock Show
is an annual event held at the Ag Complex. This is an outstanding show of how our youth can learn about raising and caring for animals. They also learn about working and responsibility, skills that serve them well in life.

At left is the new Senior Citizen Center being built in Raleigh. The city also has received a grant to provide fluoridation of the city's water supply.