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Consultant calls Biloxi stadium site a "9 or 10"

How much will a minor league baseball stadium mean to the Biloxi economy? According to consultant Charles Johnson IV of Johnson Consulting in Chicago, Biloxi’s downtown stadium site rates a “9 or 10” on a 10-point scale. Comparing it other Southern League stadiums, he said the potential attendance is “far and away the leader from a tourism perspective,” according to ...

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County leaders to raise taxes for emergency services

TUPELO — Lee County Board of Supervisors president Bobby Smith says taxpayers shouldn’t expect more than a modest tax increase in the 2014 fiscal year budget to upgrade the county’s aging 911 radio system. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reported supervisors approved the county tax rolls yesterday, allowing officials to go ahead with crafting a county budget to meet the ...

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Aldermen call public hearing over mayor's budget proposal

OLIVE BRANCH — Olive Branch’s mayor is proposing 3 percent average pay raises for city employees and a half-million dollars set aside to pave roads. The Commercial Appeal reports the Board of Aldermen will hold a public hearing tonight on the budget proposed by Mayor Scott Phillips for the 2013-14 fiscal year that starts Oct. 1. Phillips tapped various government ...

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Delta town pins high hopes on shuttered, historic hospital

MOUND BAYOU — A block down from Kennedy Johnson’s new barbecue restaurant sits a boarded-up symbol of a Delta town’s haunting past and optimistic future. Taborian Hospital was one of the first modern medical facilities in Mississippi that was built, owned and operated by African-Americans. The old medical center here has been shuttered for three decades, but the “no trespassing” ...

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Hub City mayoral special election day set

HATTIESBURG — Gov. Phil Bryant has set a Sept. 24 special election for a do-over in the Hattiesburg mayoral race. Bryant’s order today came days after Judge William Coleman ordered a new election because of questions about the way the June 4 election was conducted. Former city council member Dave Ware, who ran for mayor as an independent, brought a ...

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JobKeeper accuses Bigger Pie of using public money to oppose Kemper

KEMPER COUNTY — A group opposing Mississippi Power’s $4.7 billion power plant under construction in Kemper County finds itself on the defensive. » READ MORE: No public money funding Bigger Pie, organization claims … JobKeeper Alliance, a union-linked group based in Montgomery, Ala., claims the nonprofit Bigger Pie Forum is using public money held by the private Institute for Technology Development ...

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CPA firms Eubank, Betts and Haddox Reid to merge

JACKSON, Mississippi — The Jackson accounting firm of Eubank, Betts, Hirn, Wood, PLLC will merge with Haddox Reid Burkes & Calhoun PLLC in October, according a news release on eubankbetts.com. At that time, the combined firm will practice under the new name of Haddox, Reid, Eubank, Betts, LLP. Eubank, Betts, Hirn, Wood began on May 1, 1970 with three partners: ...

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New mayor proposes rate, tax hikes in Capital City

JACKSON — Mayor Chokwe Lumumba has proposed sweeping water and sewer rate hikes and a one-time tax increase that together will raise more than $36 million in new revenue. In his remarks to the Jackson City Council yesterday, Lumumba repeatedly returned to the theme of doing what is necessary, instead of what is politically convenient. “We have to take a ...

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Ex-economic developer arrested, charged with stealing

WIGGINS — Authorities say the former executive director of the Stone County Economic Development Partnership has been arrested on an embezzlement charge. A news release from State Auditor Stacey Pickering’s office says 50-year-old Jay Paul Gumm was arrested Friday. The news release says Gumm embezzled over $24,000 from the organization. The arrest was made by investigators from the auditor’s office ...

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College Board approves university construction projects

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s College Board has approved the top 10 construction priorities of the state’s universities. Here is the total amount requested from the Legislature by each institution for the top 10, as well as the top two projects from each: ___ Alcorn State University Total for top 10 projects: $56.2 million. Top projects: 1. Technology classroom building, $17 ...

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