In 1983, following a court action, an engineer sat down to draw out the boundaries of what would become Jones County Beat 5.
As the lines were carefully drawn, a full history of a part of this storied Mississippi county found a common element. From musical celebrities to civil rights activists, the birth of industry giants and the founding of a city, the stories captured within these lines each played a unique role in creating the home we cherish so much.
Even still, leaders, local heroes and those who may one day change the world, continue to spring forth from a place defined simply as “Beat 5.”
Opera Singer, Leontyne Price
Those who call Beat 5 home seem to be born with the unique perspective and innate desire to affect change in the world and to accomplish great things with their lives.
One of the world’s first African American opera singers, Leontyne Price, was born and raised in Beat 5, going on to become known throughout the world for her immense talent. Ralph Boston, a three-time Olympic gold medalist and long jump record breaker, began his journey here as well.
More recently, the Laurel, Mississippi voters elected a Beat 5 native to lead the great city. Mayor Johnny Magee is constantly working to not only improve the city services and infrastructure, but to affect social change throughout the community and to help young people achieve more with their lives.
Beat 5 Supervisor Jerome Wyatt states, “I believe that through hard work, mentorship and a positive outlook, any great goal can be achieved.”
There is no goal that cannot be reached with the support of a strong community such as Beat 5.
The collective effort of many supports the investment of a few to build a great community, and to bring about the birth of a city.
The City of Laurel, Mississippi was created not by accident, but by a belief that something great could be achieved here. Through financial investment, faith in the local community and workforce, and the availability of valuable natural resources, the lumber industry came to this great city in the form of a few families from Iowa. Seeing the hard-working nature and resilience of the local people, many of them chose Beat 5 as the location for their great factories, mills and plants.
Over time, new businesses and industries have joined the original founders in their quest to achieve great things right here in Beat 5.
126 Central Avenue
Laurel, MS 39440
The new business hours are:
Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.