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The business license cop is on patrol

If you’re a business owner in the city of Natchez, watch out. The business license cop is on his way.

The city has entered into a contract with retired law enforcement officer George Rutherford, who has been charged with checking every business in Natchez to make sure they have a valid license.

The Natchez Democrat reports Rutherford is starting his second month working part-time for the city and has been physically going to businesses to check business licenses.

The effort began after Natchez Mayor Butch Brown found too many invalid licenses. Doing some personal snooping, Brown discovered the license-enforcement process lacking.

Not only has the initiative gotten some businesses back in compliance, it’s brought in some money, too. Since Rutherford began checking licenses a month ago, Brown says revenue for licenses has increased.

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