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DeSoto County couple set to lose, rebuild dream home

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DESOTO COUNTY, MS (WMC-TV) - A DeSoto County couple who spent years saving and planning to build their dream house will soon see it torn down.

Bruce and Jene Hale have been very happy in the place they have called home for the last four years, but it will soon be torn down, a casualty of the new Interstate 269.

"We didn't understand why they issued us a building permit," Jene Hale said Monday. "Why didn't they tell us, 'No, don't build it there,' but you figure the right hand doesn't know what the left hand's doing."

Hale said initial stakes marking off the highway appeared hundreds of feet from where they initially wanted to build, but as time went by, those stakes got much closer. The actual interstate will not run through their property, but their land will be used as a right-of-way for an off ramp.

"We've already signed the papers," she said. "They made us an offer and we're waiting to get paid so we can start building our new house."

Their new house will be built the same property.  But a new house, even with the same design, won't take away the pain of losing what they have now.  Hale said everything inside hand picked - even Bruce's favorite space, equipped with a jukebox.

"I've cried and cried and it didn't help any," she said. "You just have to try to do the best you can."

I-269 is being constructed in four segments, and the Hale house is in the MISS 305 to U.S. 78 segment.  Once the Hales receive money from the state, they will have 90 days to vacate their home.

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