Posts Tagged ‘housing’

Contractor gets probation for role in housing kickback scheme

GREENVILLE — Contractor Jimmy Johnson has been given two years’ probation for his role in aiding and abetting embezzlement in a kickback scheme from a Mississippi Delta housing agency. He had faced up to 10 years in prison. The Delta Democrat Times reports Johnson and South Delta Regional Housing Authority director Ann Jefferson were indicted […] [...]

Ex-housing director Jefferson denied bond; reports to prison

GREENVILLE — The former executive director of the South Delta Regional Housing Authority has reported to a federal prison in Illinois to begin a 32-month prison sentence for embezzlement. The Delta Democrat Times reports U.S. District Court Judge Glen H. Davidson denied a request from Ann Jefferson that she remain free on bond while her […] [...]

County goes to cost-approach policy on Section 42 housing

COLUMBUS — Lowndes County is changing how it determines the value of Section 42 low-income house for tax purposes. Tax collector/assessor Greg Andrews tells the Commercial Dispatch the county will start using a “cost” approach. “The cost approach means I measure a house and price it by the square footage and we note whether the […] [...]

Ex-Delta housing director Jefferson asks for bond

GREENVILLE — The former executive director of the South Delta Regional Housing Authority wants a judge let her remain free on bond pending the appeal of her prison sentence. U.S. District Court Judge Glen H. Davidson sentenced 58-year-old Ann Jefferson to 32 months in prison on Aug. 2 for embezzlement, obstruction of justice and witness […] [...]

Ex-Delta housing director gets 32 months, to pay restitution

GREENVILLE — A federal judge has sentenced the former executive director of the South Delta Regional Housing Authority to 32 months in prison. The Delta Democrat Times reports Senior Judge Glen H. Davidson yesterday sentenced 58-year-old Ann Jefferson and ordered her to pay more than $41,000 in restitution. Jefferson will begin her sentence Sept. 10 […] [...]

Solid prices, beetles prompting timber owners to harvest

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Landowners debating the timing for their next timber sale should send trees to the market sooner, rather than later. James Henderson, assistant forestry professor with Mississippi State University’s Extension Service, said increases in housing starts are contributing to gradual timber price improvements, but better reasons to harvest could be related to insects […] [...]

Ex-Delta housing director to be sentenced next month

GREENVILLE — The former director of the South Delta Regional Housing Authority will be sentenced Aug. 2 in federal court in Aberdeen. WABG-TV reports sentencing will be at 10 a.m. before U.S. District Judge Glen H. Davidson. Ann Jefferson was convicted in March on two counts of embezzlement, two counts of obstruction of justice and […] [...]

Housing organization’s funding cuts could cost police jobs

NATCHEZ — Dramatic funding cuts for the Natchez Housing Authority have caused the authority to cut spending, which could include $60,000 for salaries of two Natchez police officers. Director Alan Ingram tells The Natchez Democrat the authority has paid the city $60,000 for several years for two extra patrol officers to provide security at the […] [...]

County sees single-family building permits soar in May

DESOTO COUNTY — Single-family building permits surged in May, driving up year-to-date activity and leaving DeSoto officials optimistic for a long-sought housing-industry turn-around. Planning director Ted Garrod tells The Commercial Appeal 85 single-family permits were recorded, with 28 in the unincorporated county. He says the latter is a 68 percent increase over last May’s figure […] [...]

Habitat, other housing non-profits gain freedom from mortgage origination rules

A state law signed in late May relieves Mississippi’s Habitat for Humanity chapters of requirements that each chapter have a person certified to originate mortgages. That provision of the state’s version of the federal Secure and Fair Enforcement Mortgage Licensing Act, or SAFE, mandated that any organization or individual originating more than five mortgages a […] [...]

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