As one of Watkins Construction and Roofing service area Pearl MS, is one of the newer cities of the state, but this doesn’t mean that its history is any less impressive. In fact, it is in the beauty of its birth that makes it a source of pride for many of the residents and Watkins Construction and Roofing has been servicing this area for many years as a trusted local roofer.
After the American Civil War, the bottomlands of the Pearl River were developed for agriculture. The area’s population was sparse until the mid-1900s, when development of the state capital of Jackson in Hinds County to the west spilled over into this county. New residents and industry soon settled here. Thereafter, growth in the area came from the urban expansion of the capital, control of flood threats from the Pearl River and improved transportation due to accessible interstates and Jackson-Evers International Airport.
On September 16, 1968, a community meeting was held to discuss the incorporation of Pearl, with all but six of the 657 attending residents favoring incorporation. A “Boundary Committee” proposed several different possible boundaries a little more than a month later. The following January, the community voted for a 11 square miles (28 square kilometers) boundary that included the Pearl River to Airport Road, excluding East Jackson and all areas south of Interstate 20 except Cunningham Heights and Grandview Heights. A majority at that meeting also agreed on naming the city “Pearl,” in preference to the also-proposed “Riverview” and “Brightsville.”
The first Mayor, Harris Harvey, was elected, as well as council members Jimmy Joe Thompson, W.D. McAlpin, James Netherland, Ophelia Byrd, Mack C. Atwood, W.L. Maddox and Bobby Joe Davis. With the Mississippi Supreme Court ruling of June 5, 1973, the incorporation could proceed. A week later, the state legislature issued a charter. On June 29, 1973 Governor William Winter presided over the first annual Pearl Day Celebration, with the swearing in of the city’s new officials, who met for the first time on July 3, 1973.
The Pearl Municipal Separate School District was created on May 18, 1976 by an Ordinance of the City of Pearl Mayor and Board of Aldermen. The first franchise by the City of Pearl for cable television to be installed was granted on July 6, 1976. The Pearl Chamber of Commerce was formed on August 24, 1978. As a Watkins Construction and Roofing service area Pearl MS has always been a key Mississippi city for roofing services.