PORT OF CLAY
The 234-mile long Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway connects Clay County to the World. The Waterway, under the authority of the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, runs from the Tennessee River to the Port of Mobile on the Gulf of Mexico. For years, Clay County leased the Port from the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers and would then sub-lease the Port to the Tom Soya Grain Company to operate and manage. In May 2012, the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers agreed to sell the Port to Clay County. Currently, The County has a lease agreement with the Tom Soya Grain Company to continue operating and managing the Port and in turn, the County receives $ .15 per ton of commodity that comes thru the Port. Barge traffic like locally produced grain shipments and gigantic power generation components are shipped also from and to local ports. The Waterway is a huge asset to Clay County and serves as an industrial tool to provide cost effective shipping and receiving options for local industries and a fabulous recreation area for our citizens.
Clay County is fortunate to have several major State Highways which provide access to and from our County, U. S. Highway 45 Alternate runs North and South, State Highway 50 runs East and West, State Highway 389 is located in the Western part of Clay County, State Highway 46 runs North West from Highway 50 to Highway 15, and State Highway 47 runs North and South and runs from Highway 50 to Highway 8. Additionally, Clay County is also very close to a major east-west Highway, U. S. 82, only three miles from the Clay County line. The City and County are both served by major motor freight carriers.
Clay County was originally a railroad town and was served by three major railroads. The Illinois Central, Gulf Mobile & Ohio, and C & G rail lines have all evolved through mergers and acquisitions over the years and are now combined in this area as the Kansas City Southern Rail Network. Numerous rail lines run through the County and all major industrial areas are connected to the main arteries by rail spurs. If it travels by rail, it will travel through Clay County.
Our County has a local airport, McCharen Field, with runway length and hanger capabilities to support corporate jet aircraft, as well as, small, private and sport planes. As part of the Golden Triangle, Clay County is supported regionally by the Golden Triangle Regional Airport (GTRA) which is the third largest airport in the State. The GTRA, just 8 miles from Clay County, is supported by Delta Connection/Atlantic Southeast Airlines and is host to a fixed base operator to fuel and maintain corporate aircraft, Federal Express, UPS, and Purolator. Additionally, Cooper Air Freight also operates from the airport area to serve the northeastern part of Mississippi.
Clay County, MS