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Downtown Jackson Partners' re-up vote

By Amy McCullough Prior to the creation of Downtown Jackson Partners (DJP) in 1996, the center of Mississippi’s capitol city averaged 458 crime incidents annually, the streets were littered, Smith Park was unusable and downtown was an 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. office park. Now the area boasts 309 occupied apartments, a revitalized King Edward Hotel, a business incubator, an ...

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Mississippi Cashes in On Bamboo

By Stephen McDill Southern Bamboo, a Mississippi-based bamboo harvester and distributor, is positioning itself to be the go-to-company for North America’s bamboo timber market. MBJ-TV gets a behind-the-scenes look at this hustling eco-friendly small business. “Bamboo-siasts” can browse their website for everything from sturdy LEED-certified security fencing to floor and wall material that can give a home or office a Sino-esque ...

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Parched Coast county extends burn ban

HARRISON COUNTY — Harrison County has extended its burn ban until Aug. 1. Fire Chief Pat Sullivan said yesterday the burn ban is in place because of the extremely dry conditions that exist throughout South Mississippi and the potential for fires. Randy Wilson, coastal fire coordinator for the Mississippi Forestry Commission, tells The Sun Herald the three coastal counties each ...

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Deadline nearing for flood disaster assistance

WEST MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is urging Mississippi flood disaster victims to register for disaster assistance. The last day for registration is July 11. Eligible homeowners, renters and businesses who suffered losses in the flooding between May 3 and June 17 and who live in the 14 designated counties may be eligible for housing assistance grants that ...

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State tops obesity ranking for seventh straight year

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — In 1995, no state had an obesity rate above 20 percent. Now, all but one does. And Mississippi again ranks as the most obese state in the nation. An annual obesity report by two public health groups looked for the first time at state-by-state statistics over the last two decades. The state that has the lowest obesity ...

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Toyota: Work remains on Blue Springs plant

BLUE SPRINGS — Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi isn’t quite ready to produce the world’s best-selling sedan yet at its Blue Springs plant. Company spokeswoman Emily Holland tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that work still needs to be completed inside the plant, and the company needs more workers. Nonetheless, Holland says the construction is going well and the first Mississippi-built ...

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Report: U.S. is fatter; MS still in lead

By Amy McCullough A report released today shows that America is fatter, and Mississippi still leads the pack with a 34.4 percent obesity rate, Reuters reports. According to the report from the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, over the past 15 years, seven states have doubled their rate of obesity and 10 states have doubled ...

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Audit finds 'concern' with county's administration

HINDS COUNTY — Hinds County’s finances in fiscal 2010 reflect numerous areas of concern with how the county conducts business. That’s according to a private examination ordered by the state Auditor’s Office. State Auditor Stacey Pickering noted the county ended the year with a $2-million deficit in its general fund and has routinely done interest rate swaps to ease the ...

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City leaders approve annexation ordinance

COLUMBUS — The City of Columbus has approved an annexation ordinance to bring 44 businesses and 1,462 homes into the city. The annexation, officials told The Commercial Dispatch, would also add about $278,000 to the city treasury. The annexation petition, approved Tuesday by the city council, must now be filed in Lowndes County Chancery Court. Officials say the population increase ...

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