Starkville Utilities Launches ‘Light ‘Em Up’ Campaign

Effort aims to improve citywide safety as daylight hours grow shorter

As daylight hours grow shorter, Starkville Utilities is working to improve safety for pedestrians and drivers with the launch of its Light ‘Em Up campaign. The citywide street light audit seeks to ensure that all city street lights are on the job 24/7.

“Residents expect to have safe, well-lit streets, sidewalks and public spaces, and as stewards of the street light system, it’s our responsibility to meet their expectation,” said Edward Kemp, general manager of Starkville Utilities. “Light ‘Em Up is part of our commitment to provide excellent customer service and enhance our community’s safety and quality of life.”

Employees performing the audit will canvass public roadways during night-time hours to check for street light outages and malfunctioning lights. The systematic process will be done in sections over the next few weeks, as staff is available.

Residents also can help identify out-of-service street lights by reporting them to All light poles are labeled with a number that usually appears on the street side of the pole. Residents are asked to take a photo of the pole number tag and provide a nearby address so that service crews can respond promptly to the correct location.

For residential and commercial customers, Starkville Utilities provides security lighting solutions that cover everything from design and installation to operation and maintenance. Customers pay a monthly charge based on the type of light and energy usage, and Starkville Utilities handles the rest. For more information, call 662-323-3133 during business hours or visit

Starkville Utilities is a municipally owned and operated electric and water utility, serving more than 14,000 residences, businesses and industries in Starkville as well as the state’s largest institution of higher learning, Mississippi State University.

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