Ashland, Mississippi

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Ashland is a town in Benton County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 577 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Benton County[1]. Ashland was incorporated on March 8, 1871 and has a Mayor-Alderman form of government. Mitch Carroll is the 28th Mayor of the Town of Ashland, and Sandra Gresham, Fort Knighton, Bobby Miller, Billy Taylor and Shannon Wilburn make up the present Board of Aldermen. Bill Stone was elected to Mississippi State Senate in November 2007 and a special election was held in the town of Ashland to fill mayoral vacancy. Mitch Carroll defeated brother Mike Carroll by 17 votes to secure the position.

Ashland is the home of the Farese Law Firm, a regional firm renowned for its criminal and civil work. The firm has most recently been 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, and producer of Al Green, is also from here.



Ashland is located at 34°49′57″N 89°10′45″W / 34.8325°N 89.17917°W / 34.8325; -89.17917 (34.832368, -89.179094)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.7 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 577 people, 207 households, and 142 families residing in the town. The population density was 316.0 people per square mile (121.7/km²). There were 227 housing units at an average density of 124.3/sq mi (47.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 95.10% White, .75% African American, 0.52% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.17% from other races, and 3.12% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.73% of the population.

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