Kemper County, located in east central Mississippi has an excellent transportation network. Within 250 miles of Kemper County you will find the metro areas of Birmingham, New Orleans, Mobile and Memphis. These metro areas give access to major ports, international airports and key railroad facilities. With its logistical attributes, Kemper County is poised to be the solution to your business needs.

Highways and Interstates

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.

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.


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. With daily flights to and from Chicago and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, travelers can begin here and journey to national and international destinations.  

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. The airport is home to the Mississippi Air Cargo Logistics Center which provides air cargo storage and aircraft parking and is serviced by 6 carriers.


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 Tenn-Tom Waterway is a national marine highway and provides a lower-cost method of transporting goods along 234 miles of waterway. The Tenn-Tom Waterway connects to 4,500 miles of waterways throughout the mid-section of America, making long-distance transportation of goods by water feasible.

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

Distance to Major Markets

CityMiles from DeKalb, MS
Jackson, MS109
Birmingham, AL136
Memphis, TN215
New Orleans, LA232
Atlanta, GA282
Little Rock, AR312
Nashville, TN323
Dallas, TX515
Jacksonville, FL519