In order to locate a one-family mobile home in the city limits, you must first do the following before the mobile home can be located on your property.

  1. Fill out an application at City Hall, 300 Main Street in Collins
  2. Pay $25 fee to run notice in local newspaper.
  3. Have public hearing to receive concerns or complaints.

The City of Collins Board of Aldermen will make a decision to approve or disapprove your petition after all steps are taken.

Santa’s Village of Games in Collins Friday, December 2

Santa Claus is coming to Downtown Collins Friday Night!

With all the decorations going up in downtown Collins, it isn’t hard to know that the Christmas Season is here! One of the events that will be held this Christmas Season is Santa’s Village of Games set to be held in Downtown Collins Friday, December 2, 2022 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. It is hoped that this event will bring families and friends to Main Street to enjoy this Season of the year.

An assortment of games will be set up in the V.O. Smith Courtyard. There will be photo opportunities with Santa during the evening, along with a dry slide, obstacle course, train ride and much more.

Some of the downtown merchants will be open for shopping and dining throughout the evening.

Everyone is invited to stroll down Main Street Collins and enjoy the sights, sounds and food of the Christmas Season.

Leaders of Collins attend Mississippi Municipal League Conference

Elected officials of the City of Collins recently attended three days of training and leadership development presented at the Mississippi Municipal League’s 91st Annual Conference at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum & Convention Center.

At this year’s conference, entitled “Blast Off to Municipal Excellence,” the League celebrated 91 years of service to Mississippi’s cities and towns. An estimated 2,500 municipal elected officials, municipal employees, state agency representative, legislators, exhibitors and others attend this annual event. Many state and federal agencies provided speakers for the educational sessions. Topics included state law updates, grant opportunities, medical marijuana, municipal liability issues, community and economic development, infrastructure funding, disaster recovery, and water and sewer issues.

Other conference highlights included the presentation of the 2022 Municipal Excellence Awards, an induction ceremony for the 2022 Municipal Hall of Fame and an expo show, showcasing over 150 businesses, state agencies and other organizations. Also at he Conference, the Certified Municipal Official graduation took place, recognizing more than 100 municipal officials for their achievement in the program.

For more information about the Mississippi Municipal League, visit

Prepare for Hurricane Season by packing a “Go Bag”

Atlantic Hurricane Season begins on June 1, 2022. Commissioner of Insurance Mike Chaney is encouraging Mississippians to pack a “Go Bag” before the season begins.

Go Bag contents should include:

  • Important documents: Insurance cards, Social Security cards, etc. Keep copies of these documents in a waterproof container or digital image saved online.
  • Cash
  • Medications
  • A battery-powered radio
  • A gallon of drinking water for every family member and pet
  • You should also take stock of your possessions and document those items.

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) offers a free Home Inventory App. It makes it easy for consumers to create and protect a record of their belongings and offers tips on disaster preparation and filing claims. The NAIC Home Inventory App can be downloaded from the App Store and Google Play.

“Don’t forget to review your insurance coverage and make sure you are familiar with your policies, “said Commissioner Chaney.

Flood damage is generally not covered by a standard homeowners or renter’s insurance policy. If you don’t have flood insurance and are considering purchasing a policy, remember there is a 30 day waiting period if you buy through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

Some insurance policies have a special deductible for losses caused by named storms. The insurer applies this deductible only when a named storm causes damage. This deductible is separate and different from the normal deductible in a homeowners policy.

If you need assistance with an insurance question or claim, call 601-359-3569, email or visit

Representative Noah Sanford’s Legislative Report

The 2022 session adjourned on Tuesday, April 5. To provide for allocation of federal funds received by virtue of Congress’ passing of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), the session was lengthened by a few days.

The most important bills to pass this session:

  • The START Act would provide the largest teacher and assistant teacher salary increase in state history, boosting teacher pay to above the Southeastern average.
  • The Mississippi Tax Freedom Act will cut the state’s income tax by approximately 20 percent over five years. This will make Mississippi’s income tax the fifth lowest of the states that levy income taxes.
  • Parker’s Law will increase criminal penalties to a minimum of 20 years for knowingly selling an illegal substance containing fentanyl, when the user dies as a result.
  • The Pregnancy Resource Act will provide a tax credit for contributions to qualified crisis pregnancy centers, with the total collective credit being capped at $3.5 million.
  • House Bill 1430 will allow for owners of motor vehicles to make a beneficiary designation to their titles. Known as a “Transfer on Death,” title to the vehicle would not pass until the death of the owner, and the owner could change the beneficiary at any time for any reason. This will make estate planning an easier task.
  • The Medical Cannabis Act was passed very early in the session and has already been signed into law by Gov. Reeves. The Department of Health has been working since passage to get the program off the ground.

Noah Sanford represents parts of Covington, Simpson, and Jefferson Davis Counties in the Mississippi House of Representatives. He can be reached at

Senate approves Bill cosponsored by Cindy Hyde-Smith to make Daylight Saving Time Permanent

U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) is pleased to announce unanimous Senate approval of S.623, the Sunshine Protection Act. Hyde-Smith is an original cosponsor of this legislation to make Daylight Saving Time the new, permanent standard time. The Senate-passed bill, which still requires House passage and the President’s signature, would delay implementation until Nov. 20, 2023.

“The public safety improvements, economic benefits, and the wellbeing of the American people are all excellent and credible reasons to embrace year-long Daylight Saving Time,” Hyde-Smith said. “I know the agricultural sector in Mississippi and across the nation desires this change. I believe the Sunshine Protection Act would give us an immediate and long-term boost after a terrible pandemic year and a very dark winter.”

Potential effects of making Daylight Saving Time permanent for the nation:

  • Benefits the economy. According to a study by JP Morgan Chase, which found that there is a drop in economic activity of 2.2 percent – 4.9 percent when clocks move back.
  • Benefits the agricultural economy, which is disrupted disproportionately by biannual changes in time by upsetting the synergy between farmers’ schedules and their supply chain partners.
  • Reduces car crashes and car accidents involving pedestrians. Better aligning daylight hours to drivers’ standard work hours’ increases visibility. Also reduces the number of vehicle collisions with wildlife by 8-11 percent.
  • Reduces childhood obesity and increases physical fitness. According to studies, children see an increase in physical activity during DST.
  • Reduces the number of robberies by 27 percent, because of additional daylight in the evenings.
  • Reduces energy usage.