The town of DeKalb is growing. Mayor Homer Hall, Jr., says he wants to make DeKalb and Kemper County one of the best places in the state to live.
"We are here, myself and the board members, are doing everything we can to make DeKalb and Kemper County as good of a place to live as possible and we're doing everything we can to make that happen," said Hall.
Town officials say even though the impact of the lignite plant under construction has been great so far, there have been some growing pains associated with it.
"You know DeKalb is a small town," said Kemper County resident Jimmy Wayne McGowen. "It's definitely on the verge of possibly growing. But we need help; we need continued support from the community."
"I don't know what type of agreement they got, but their deputies, they pretty much call them or use them out for most of the loads," said Hall. "But our officers that are on duty, you know, they will help them get them through town, that sort of stuff. We don't usually call in extra guys because we don't get any monetary support."
He says the community needs continued support from all, especially local businesses.
"DeKalb is rebounding some," said business owner, Mitch Mosley of Southern Chevrolet. "I've been here twenty-five years. It has been the best experience in my life to come here. Got a lot of things going on, a lot of new interest and it's more than just a coal plant. We've got a lot of suppliers that are very busy, and it has been very good for our business."
The people of the town say it's good having the business from the lignite plant and hopefully more can be done for the growth of DeKalb.