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County services to remain open with limited access

The Pearl River County Board of Supervisors approved a proclamation for a state of emergency for a 30 day period in response to the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). This proclamation can be extended beyond the initial period if needed.

Bryan Maxie, Regional Manager/CEO for Forrest Health (operators of Highland Community Hospital-Picayune and Pearl River County Hospital-Poplarville) provided the supervisors an update on how Forrest Health is responding to COVID-19. (Click here for details on the update)

The Supervisors discussed the best and safest way to continue operations in the county while ensuring a safe environment for both county employees with department heads and members from the judicial system after the information shared by Maxie and Dr. Jones.

The Supervisors are invoking a limited access to county buildings. This approach will require specific business to be conducted in Poplarville location at the courthouse for Chancery Clerk and Circuit Clerk related transactions and services.

All Chancery Clerk and Circuit Clerk business services will be provided in the Poplarville office at the courthouse for essential needs of the residents. Access to the office building (courthouse building) will be limited with access only through the front entrance on Main Street.

For all other business, residents are encouraged to contact the county by calling 601-403-2300.

In Picayune, the Tax Assessor/Collector’s office will be utilizing the drive thru window for transactions that require the physical passing of paperwork and signatures.

The Poplarville office for the Tax Assessor/Collector will remain open for the limited purpose of accepting Homestead Exemption applications through April 1, which is the deadline to file. Tax Assessor/Collector Gary Beech and his staff are working on a plan to provide curbside service at the Poplarville office and will update the public when those procedures are in place. You can call 601-403-2223 for any Homestead questions.

Homestead Applications and Automobile Title Applications require signatures. If the signature requirement poses any problem, leave a message for at either office and Mr. Beech has stated he will address the issue.

Mr. Beech wants to remind everyone that taxpayers have the option to pay Real Estate Property Taxes, Personal Property Taxes and Mobile Home Taxes, AND Renew Motor Vehicle Registrations online at


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