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More Than 250 Eviction Cases Filed Last Year in Alcorn County

 By Josh Mitchell

Corinth Today News Editor

More than 250 eviction cases were filed in Alcorn County Justice Court in 2017, an official said.

Alcorn County Justice Court Clerk Jone Dixon said 187 of the evictions were granted by the court while 69 were settled out of court. The vast majority of the evictions involved residential properties, Dixon said.

Some landlords filed suit to collect back rent and to have the person removed from the property, Dixon said.

Constables serve tenants with a court summons, and the judge will hear both sides before deciding whether to grant an eviction. Default judgments granting evictions are ordered against defendants who fail to appear in court, Dixon said.

Wages can be garnished to collect back rent from defendants who are “gainfully employed,” said Dixon. Plaintiffs must wait at least 10 days from when the eviction was granted before seeking a garnishment, she added.

Some evictions involve issues other than money. For instance, tenants could be evicted for property damage, throwing wild parties or getting in trouble with the law, Dixon said. Moreover, a family member could file an eviction case to remove another person from the home.

People can face charges such as trespassing if they come back after an eviction, she said.

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