Posts Tagged ‘local government’

Municipal officials still hoping for local sales tax option

JACKSON — A Mississippi House committee has given municipal officials what they’ve wanted for more than 20 years — a chance at passage of a local options sales tax. The House Ways and Means Committee yesterday approved a bill for a 1 percent local sales tax as a way to build parks, improve water systems […] [...]

Communities want to set local sales tax, not Legislature

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Municipal officials are again proposing a 1 percent local sales tax as a way to build parks, improve water systems and get crumbling streets back into shape. They need a change in state law to move forward. Legislators have resisted local tax proposals for years, and it’s not clear whether 2013 will […] [...]

Empty buildings prompt residents’ call for alcohol sales

NEW HOULKA — Some residents of New Houlka are circulating a petition trying to get support for resort status in the Chickasaw County town. Supporters tell WTVA-TV empty buildings are a symbol of several businesses that have closed their doors and left town over the years. They think resort status would generate revenue by allowing […] [...]

Panel sides with EPA over Yazoo Pump; board mulls another appeal

NEW ORLEANS — A federal appeals court panel sided yesterday with the Environmental Protection Agency over its 2008 veto of a $220 million flood control project near the Yazoo River in the south Mississippi Delta. >> RELATED: EPA admits it has no experts on Yazoo Pump Project. The Board of Mississippi Levee Commissioners sued the […] [...]

Ball State University report: Mississippi is fat and stupid

Mississippians are fat, stupid and doomed to low-wage, menial careers, according to a Ball State University report. However, officials at the Mississippi Economic Council scoff at the findings, leading MEC president Blake Wilson to say, “I’m glad (they are) very safe behind (their) internet research perch.” >>> SEE REPORT<<< >>>SEE COMPLETE STORY<<< [...]

FEMA awards funds for saferooms

by Published: November 10,2009

Tags: disaster preparedness, federal agency, local government

GEORGE COUNTY and LAMAR COUNTY — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) announced approval of more than $4.83 million in federal funding to support the construction of community saferoom facilities in George and Lamar counties in South Mississippi. The grant funding, provided through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant […] [...]

County Dems flip to GOP

by Published: November 5,2009

Tags: local government, political parties, state government

JACKSON — Simpson County’s Republican contingent got a bit bigger today. At a press conference at the Mississippi Republican Party building in Jackson, chairman Brad White announced that seven of the county’s elected officials were switching their party affiliations from Democrat to Republican. They are: • District 13 District Attorney Eddie Bowen • Sheriff Kenneth […] [...]

Tunica CVB named ‘Shining Example’

by Published: September 15,2009

Tags: local government, tourism

TUNICA — The Southeast Tourism Society honored the best and brightest in the tourism industry at its annual Shining Example Awards ceremony, naming the Tunica Convention & Visitors Bureau the “CVB of the Year” for the Southeast. “Shining Example Awards highlight some of the best work in travel and tourism, and winners truly set examples […] [...]

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