Posts Tagged ‘eminent domain’

Court of Appeals rules for Coast utility authority

BILOXI — The Mississippi Court of Appeals has sided with a South Mississippi utility authority in a dispute over the use of eminent domain to take private property for a massive sewage plant built with federal Hurricane Katrina money. The court’s ruling on Tuesday overturns about $47,000 in attorney’s fees that had been awarded to […] [...]

County, landowners cannot reach agreement on bridge project

VAIDEN — Carroll County has made agreements to buy land from eight of 10 landowners needed in a bridge project on a county road. County Attorney Kevin Horan said the county may have to go to court to settle with the last two landowners. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports that the two landowners tried to settle […] [...]

AP: Property taken, Katrina recovery money used for unneeded sewage plants

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — An Associated Press investigation shows officials in Mississippi took private property and spent millions of dollars in Hurricane Katrina recovery money on sewage plants that may not be needed for decades. In one case, a legal battle over a small strip of land between an 86-year-old woman, her family and a county […] [...]

Statement election

We might have finally found something Mississippians of every political persuasion can agree on: The use of eminent domain for private economic development is a bad idea. Initiative 31, which will amend the state Constitution to essentially restrict the use of eminent domain to projects of direct public use, earned more than 637,000 votes. The […] [...]

One victory won, another battle looms

We might have finally found something Mississippians of every political persuasion can agree on: The use of eminent domain for private economic development is a bad idea. With 97 percent of precincts reporting late last Wednesday afternoon, Initiative 31, which will amend the state Constitution to essentially restrict the use of eminent domain to projects […] [...]

Republicans win big, ‘personhood’ defeated

Attorney General Jim Hood is now the only Democrat holding statewide office as Republicans nearly ran the table in yesterday’s elections. Voters also voted down Initiative 26 (“Personhood”), and voted for voter ID and eminent domain restriction. As of 4:48 a.m., here was The Associated Press’ wrap-up of those elections: • Governor (1,815 of 1,876 […] [...]

Residents: Law hindering eminent domain efforts

ABERDEEN — A group of Lafayette County residents have told a federal judge that Mississippi’s campaign finance law stops them from campaigning as they want to for an eminent domain constitutional amendment. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock heard arguments Tuesday in Aberdeen but did not immediately rule. The plaintiffs […] [...]

Secretary of State adds cost of initiatives to ballot

JACKSON — Key information involving three initiatives on the Nov. 8 ballot was not included so a reprint has been ordered, the Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office said yesterday. Pamela Weaver, spokeswoman for Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, said Attorney General Jim Hood contacted their office last week saying he believed the “fiscal analysis” — […] [...]

Speed not conceding in fight against eminent domain

Things haven’t been going Leland Speed’s way in his court challenges to a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would curb Mississippi’s power to take private property for large economic development projects But don’t look for Speed, a real estate executive and interim Mississippi Development Authority chief, to walk away from the fight. “I’m […] [...]

Read the September 19th issue of the MBJ online

In this week’s MBJ, Amy McCullough analyzes the recent saga at Parkway Properties and looks into the potential of its headquarters leaving Jackson. All of this is happening about 100 days after its combination with Eola Capital LLC as Parkway Properties Inc. announced CEO Steve Rogers’ retirement and succession by Eola chairman and Parkway board […] [...]

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