The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) issued a water contact advisory Wednesday for several streams near Taylorsville. The advisory is issued for an unnamed tributary of Lyon Creek where it crosses Pine Street to the confluence of Lyon Creek with the Leaf River. The advisory is being issued due to an ongoing bypass from a sewer line, and the city is currently working to repair the line.
MDEQ recommends that people avoid water contact such as swimming, wading, and fishing. People should also avoid eating fish or anything else taken from these waters until further notice. MDEQ staff will collect samples and monitor the water quality in the area and will revise the advisory as needed.
We want to stress that this advisory DOES NOT impact our drinking water supply, and boiling your water is NOT neccessary. This advisory is simply for the unnamed streams.
The town is actively working to repair the bypassed sewer line, and we anticipate repairs should be completed within the next week or so.
You can read more about the advisory here: https://www.mdeq.ms.gov/mdeq-issues-water-contact-advisory-for-streams-near-taylorsville/
Good afternoon, Taylorsville. The NWS has released their preliminary report of the tornado that occurred this weekend just to our southwest. We remain ever grateful and blessed that this dangerous tornado did not make it to the heart of Taylorsville. A special thanks to all of our emergency management personnel and those who assisted in the response efforts after the tornado.
Estimated Peak Wind: 100 mph
Path Length: 4.11 miles
Path Width: 250.0 yards
Start Date: 04/13/2019
Start Time: 09:39 PM CDT
Start Location: 4 NW Hot Coffee / Covington County / MS
Start Lat/Lon: 31.7685 / -89.506
End Date: 04/13/2019
End Time: 09:46 PM CDT
End Location: 2 SW Taylorsville / Smith County / MS
End Lat/Lon: 31.8112 / -89.4576
Summary: This tornado touched down at the intersection of Boyd Duckworth and Lilly Valley Church roads. Some broken limbs and a few downed trees were noted along with skirting blown from a mobile home. Heading northeast, limb damage increased along with a few more trees blown down. The covering from a porch and the tin roof of a mobile home was taken off. This debris was thrown into another mobile home and caused the door to fly open, which this debris caused a minor injury. Other minor tin damage occurred to a few mobile homes here. Tree damage increased as it crossed Decar Page Drive, with EF1 type tree damage continuing as it neared Gilmer Road and crossed Gilmer Road. One home had shingle damage and had the base of the roof lifted some. As the tornado crossed into Smith County, it reached peak intensity and numerous trees were snapped and uprooted. As the end of County Road 21-D, heavy tree damage was noted. One home had the carport removed and residents said the house shifted. Some of the tin roof was damaged as well. As the tornado moved northeast along County Road 21, a large metal shed had the roof removed. The tornado dissipated shortly after near County Road 21 about 2 miles southwest of Taylorsville. An indirect injury occurred in Smith County when a lady fell off the roof while putting a tarp up.
We've been getting a lot of questions concerning Trick-or-Treating in regards to Boo in the Park. We are pleased to announce that Boo is NOT replacing traditional trick-or-treating activities!
Trick-or-Treat will officially begin at 6PM on Tuesday, October 30th. During this time, we remind all residents to have both a courteous and patient mindset. There will be a lot of children on or near our streets, and with all the festivities going on, it will be your responsibility as a motorist to make sure you do their part to keep them safe. We most certainly do not want a tragic accident on our hands.
Between 6PM and 9PM, the speed limit on all city streets will be 15MPH. Remember that pedestrians always have the right of way. Taylorsville Police Department will be out patrolling more actively than usual, and may at times be running blue rights to be more visible.
We hope to see everyone outside enjoying the evening at both events!
All the best,
It's that time of year again, the temperatures are getting SLIGHTLY cooler, the days are getting shorter, it must be fall, ya'll! With the change in seasons also comes an increase in outdoor activities. Here's just a few of the events going on in Taylorsville over the next few weeks!
"Nothing Sweeter Than a Tartar Homecoming"
It's time for you to find your way back home to Taylorsville for some good Tartar football! Our homecoming parade will take place on Wednesday, October 24th, beginning at 4PM. The parade will begin at Taylorsville High School, head south on Hester Street, then turn left on Eaton Street. The parade will then pass down Main Street before ending back at the school. Following the parade, there will be a community pep rally in the City Park. Friday nights are best spent under the lights in Taylorsville, and that is true this week as well as the Taylorsville Tartars take on Clarkdale to finish out the regular season of football. Pre-game homecoming festivities begin at 6PM, with kickoff afterwards at 7.
Boo in the Park
Everyone is welcome to join the Town of Taylorsville, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Mayor's Youth Council for our first ever Boo in the Park! A family-friendly alternative to traditional trick-or-treat activites, this event is sure to please both parents and the kiddos alike! There will be fun, games, and of course, candy! Did we mention it's free?
Grillin' and Chillin' 2018
Grillin’ & Chillin’ is back for 2018 with free admission! Come be a part of Smith County's largest block party and check out our awesome car show, enjoy some delicious BBQ, shop our arts & crafts vendors, and snack your way through our food vendors! Entertainment will feature Clinton Hayman, Fordie Hayes, Dead End Circle, and Travis Clark! Gates open at 8:00AM.
So with all these events, there's no excuse for you not to get out in the community and enjoy what Taylorsville has to offer! As mayor, I encourage every resident to try one of these events and see what our community offers! I hope to see you out and about!
All the best,
The Town of Taylorsville is pleased to announce that we are looking for talented people to apply and join our Social Media Corps! The Social Media Corps is tasked with providing news coverage on the city website, city social media accounts, and working closely with the Mayor's Office and the Chamber of Commerce to promote and engage the community in events.
The Social Media Corps will be a five to ten-member team led by Brandon Henderson. Brandon is a graduate of Taylorsville High School, the Smith County Career Center, and is attending the University of Southern Mississippi. Members of the Corps report to the Mayor. This position is VOLUNTEER only. You receive no compensation for this role. Students enrolled in a public school in Smith County can receive community service credit for their time served with the Corps.
The ideal applicant SHOULD have the following characteristics:
- A desire to keep the citizens of Taylorsville and southeastern Smith County informed of news and events in our community.
- A laptop or desktop computer running either Windows 10 or macOS Sierra (or later)
- A mobile device or phone running iOS 10 or later, or Android Oreo or later.
- A 15 megapixel camera or higher (can be DSLR or mirrorless, smartphone cameras are acceptable if the phone meets the operating system requirements)
- Should use advance planning to determine availability for events
We will take special consideration for applicants that may possess the following characteristics:
- A student attending a public school in Smith County
- A student attending the Smith County Career Center in the Information Technology class
- Any applicant that owns a FAA-registered drone, or unmanned aircraft with photo/video capabilities
The Town of Taylorsville has adopted an equal opportunity policy for this recruitment drive. Race, religion, ethic background, sexual orientation, WILL NOT disqualify you from serving on the Social Media Corps. All applicants will be considered on the same basis.
To apply for the Social Media Corps, visit this link:
I am pleased to announce our officers for the 2018-2019 Mayor's Youth Council work session! We received so many applications from students with so many talents and creative abilities, and it was a delight to review all of them and learn more about the youth in our community.
Here are your officers for 2018-2019.
Joe Lee Flynt
I want to personally thank all of the students who applied for their desire to serve their community. I look forward to an amazing and productive work session next school year.
All the best,
I am pleased to announce that applications are now available for the 2018-2019 Mayor's Youth Council session. Students in grades 7-12 for the 2018-2019 school year who attend Taylorsville High School may participate in the program. The Mayor’s Youth Council is made up of 25-30 students. Applicants from other schools will be considered if the student lives in the Town of Taylorsville. Students selected for the youth council must maintain a 2.5 grade point average and have a recommendation from school and community leaders.
Potential applicants can pick up an application from Town Hall or on the Youth Council page on the website. All applications are due by 5:00PM on Friday, June 8th. There are two recommendation letters required for each student. These recommendations should be a school administrator, teacher, or community leader. They should be emailed from the reference directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. Once you have completed your application and responses, staple your information and drop it off at the town hall. If you are unable to drop off your application, you may scan and email it back. You may also mail your application, but we are not responsible for lost or delayed applications. It is your responsibility to make sure a completed application is received.
I look forward to reviewing all of the applications. Our community is full of bright students with amazing potential.
This has been a long time in the making but I am pleased to announce our new city website!
This new website is all part of my promise to help move Taylorsville into the 21st-century. This new website was designed and built by Youth Leadership Council member Brandon Henderson, and the city would like to thank him for all of the hours he spent getting it ready for us.
While we are launching the new site today, there are still some minor tweaks to work out. We appreciate your patience as we work through these bugs, and we also would appreciate any feedback you may have about the new site.
In the future, we plan on adding much more to the site, such as board agendas, weather alerts, and much more. For now though, this is a step in the right direction.
I encourage you to browse around and get familiar with the site, and add it to your bookmarks for easy access in the future. Also make sure to follow us on our social media pages, reachable by searching @visittvillems on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Make sure you turn on your post notifications!
All the best,