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Hinds County joins Jackson in fight for airport control

JACKSON — Hinds County supervisors say they will join Jackson officials in fighting off any attempt by the state to take control of the Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport.

The Clarion-Ledger reports the city of Jackson currently has authority to oversee the airport. Hinds County District 1 Supervisor Robert Graham says the county could be negatively impacted if money from the main airport isn’t available for Hawkins Field in Jackson, the airport’s original site which depends on the airport.

Councilman De’Keither Stamps said during the supervisor’ meeting Monday that Jackson would lose power and money if it loses the asset.

State Sen. Josh Harkins says he will file a bill to give control of the airport to the state and have a tri-county authority oversee it.

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