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Railroad authority bill heads to Barbour's desk

ADAMS COUNTY — Mississippi lawmakers have sent to the governor a bill to allow Adams County to join in a regional railroad authority.

Backers say the bill would be allow for creation for the authority if needed in the event that the 66-mile railroad from Natchez to Brookhaven is abandoned by its owners.

The Natchez Democrat reports that the authority will be able to own the railroad and its assets and levy fees associated with the rail.

The rail line is owned by Natchez Railway, whose president has maintained the company has no intentions of abandoning the railroad.

Under the bill, boards of supervisors in Adams, Franklin and Lincoln must hold public hearings on the creation of the authority before it could be put in place.

The bill is Senate Bill 2335.

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