Ashland is the County Seat of Benton County, Mississippi. The population was 569 at the 2010 census. Ashland was incorporated on March 8, 1871, and has a Mayor-Aldermen form of government. Ashland is the home of the Farese Law Firm, a regional firm renowned for its criminal and civil work. The firm was most notably involved in the high-profile Mary Winkler case from Selmer, Tennessee. Ashland is also home of Bill Renick, a 2007 candidate for governor of Mississippi. Willie Mitchell, the legendary Memphis musician, owner of Hi Records, is also from here.
TVA’s Magnolia Combined Cycle Power Plant, located just outside Ashland, is a modern, fully permitted facility with a proven operational history. It is TVA’s third wholly owned combined-cycle gas plant and its largest. Magnolia has three natural gas-fire generating units with a summer net capability of 960 megawatts. Net capability is a measure of how much power a plant can generate for a specified time period, minus the power used by the plant itself. TVA bought power from the facility after it began commercial operation in 2003. TVA purchased the plant from Kelson Limited Partnership in August 2011 for $436 million.
The Town owns it Water, Sewer and Natural Gas utilities. Electricity is supplied by TVA through the City of Holly Springs Utility Department (HSUD). Rates are reasonable and service readily available.
Ashland is the trade center of Benton County. Food Giant operates a first class supermarket in a small shopping center on Ripley Avenue (MS Hwy 370). At the other end of the center is a Dollar General Store. There is a hardware store, a pharmacy, two banks, a tire and lube center and a popular Italian Restaurant, Caio Chow, that is located on the Town Square as well as several other local businesses.
The county is protected by six volunteer fire departments that offer early intervention emergency medical services as well as fire protection. Ashland, Snow Lake and Hickory Flat are all rated as an 8th Class for fire insurance rating purposes. Advanced Life Support EMS is provided to the county by MedStat Ambulance Service under a subsidy contract with the County.
Several Churches call Ashland home. Ashland Baptist, Ashland United Methodist, Shiloh MB, Ashland Church of Christ and New Life Christian Center all have houses of worship in the town with many more in outlying areas.
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Posted on March 26, 2014 at 5:51 pm by Bill Stone