Commercial Airports

Meridian Regional Airport is 35 miles from DeKalb. Meridian Regional Airport (MEI) is proud to offer commercial airline service for flyers in the East Mississippi and West Alabama area.

Jackson-Evers International Airport is a little more than a one-hour drive from Kemper County. It provides nonstop service to nine cities including Dallas-Fort Worth, Chicago, Baltimore-Washington DC, and Atlanta.

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Kemper County is approximately 50 miles from the Aliceville River Terminal, Bevill-Hook Port (Aliceville, AL), and the Crossroads of America Port (Boligee, AL) on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway.

The deepwater ports of Gulfport, MS and Mobile, AL are about 3.5 hours from Kemper County.

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Rail Lines

Kansas City Southern Railroad serves the county with a rail line that runs parallel to Highway 45 with stations in Scooba, Electric Mills, Sucarnochee, Porterville, and Wahalak.

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Highway 45 runs north-south through the eastern portion of Kemper County, passing directly through the town of Scooba. This highway is four-lane in the state of Mississippi. The highway runs from Lake Superior to the Gulf of Mexico.

Interstate 20/59 is only 30 minutes from much of Kemper County. I-20 connects Dallas, TX to Atlanta, Ga and runs east-west. I-59 runs north-south, connecting New Orleans, LA, with Chattanooga, TN.

State Highways MS-16 and MS-39 run through the middle of the county, providing access to Meridian, Philadelphia, and beyond. Both highways are two-lane.

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Mississippi is home to 8 four-year public universities and several community colleges.

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