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KENNETT MISSOURI, LOCAL AREA INFORMATION

A BRIEF HISTORY....

Kennett is one of the oldest towns in Dunklin County, MO. It was laid out as the county seat in 1846 on the site of a Delaware and Shawnee Indian village. Kennett is the seat of the first "Bootheel" county formed after Missouri became a state. It was first called Chilletecaux after a Delaware Indian who was living here at that time.

LOCATION:

Kennett is located on U.S. 412 and Mo. 84, 111 miles north of Memphis, Tenn.; 214 miles south of St. Louis; 163 miles northeast of Little Rock, Ark. and 189 miles west of Nashville.

FIRE DEPARTMENT:

The Kennett Fire Department is a full-time fire department with some 30 firefighters which includes full-time personnel and part-time volunteers.

POLICE DEPARTMENT:

The Kennett Police Department is a professional organization comprised of full-time, well-trained and experienced police officers.

UTILITIES:

The electric, water and natural gas and Internet needs of Kennett are met by City, Light, Gas & Water, a city owned utility governed by a Board of Puble Works appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the city council. The Kennett Municipal Power Plant began serving the electric power needs of the city in March 1942. Kennett is one of the few cities still capable of generating its power requirements should the need arise. The city owns its natural gas system, has a reliable water supply and offers internet services to city residents and businesses.

AIRPORT:

The Kennett Memorial Airport is owned and operated by the city, with oversight in the hands of an appointed Airport Advisory Committee. There are two 75 ft wide runways, a concrete 5,000 ft runway and a 3,012 ft asphalt runway.