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Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba dead at 66

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba died unexpectedly Tuesday at age 66. Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham confirmed the mayor’s death. No cause of death has been released. However, in an Associated Press story, it was reported he joked about having had a cold on Monday. Lumumba had been reported to have been suffering from an illness […] [...]

Mayors ask airline to reduce its service to boost passenger volume

TUPELO — The mayors of two Mississippi cities are asking Silver Airways to reduce its flight schedule at their airports. They said fewer flights mean more passengers on planes flying out of the Tupelo and Greenville airports and give more rest to pilots between flights. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports that Tupelo Mayor Jason […] [...]

Obama chooses ex-mayor as regional EPA administrator

GREENVILLE — President Barack Obama has selected Heather McTeer Toney as administrator for EPA’s regional office in Atlanta. McTeer Toney was the first African-American and first female to serve as mayor of Greenville, holding that post from 2004-2012. She joins EPA from Mississippi Valley State University, where she is the executive director of the Center […] [...]

Ex-Vicksburg mayor reports to federal prison in Florida

VICKSBURG — Former Vicksburg mayor Paul Winfield has reported to a federal prison to begin serving about two years in a federal bribery case. Federal Bureau of Prisons spokesman Chris Burke says the 40-year-old Winfield arrived Monday at a minimum security prison in Pensacola, Fla. Winfield, a Democrat, was arrested by the FBI at his […] [...]

Delta mayor indicted for false pretense, wire fraud

ROLLING FORK — The mayor of a small town in the Mississippi Delta has been indicted on false pretense and wire fraud charges related to his construction company’s invoices for grants to rehabilitate houses, according to court records. A Sharkey County grand jury charged Rolling Fork Mayor Eldridge “Butch” Walker in two separate indictments Monday, […] [...]

Flaggs wants to see city restore its bond rating

VICKSBURG — Mayor George Flaggs Jr. has said several times since taking office he wanted to get Vicksburg’s bond rating restored in January. He now says city officials may wait a bit longer. “Even though I think we’re ready, I’m told that you do not want to apply unless you are ready to borrow money,” […] [...]

Mayor wants new sales tax for ‘Progress Hattiesburg’

HATTIESBURG — It may be too late for the 2014 wish list, but Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree said he is interested in revisiting the addition of a 1 percent sales tax that could provide the city as much as $10 million annually. That initiative, dubbed “Progress Hattiesburg,” failed to win the necessary approval from the […] [...]

Supervisors say no to mayor’s request for records

MADISON — The Madison County Board of Supervisors has turned down a public records request from the mayor of Madison. Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler wants to see a study about restructuring the Lost Rabbit Public Improvement District outside city limits. The Clarion-Ledger reports that county officials said it would be premature to release the records […] [...]

Former Mayor Davis could plead guilty to embezzlement

SOUTHAVEN — Former Southaven Mayor Greg Davis may be preparing to plead guilty to the state’s embezzlement case against him. The Commercial Appeal reports that a court filing in DeSoto County Circuit Court shows that the former Dec. 9 trial date was delayed so Davis could consider a plea offer “in conjunction with other law […] [...]

McGee named to board; only Miss. mayor in group

RIDGELAND — Mayor Gene McGee has been named to the board of directors of the National League of Cities. The Clarion-Ledger reports McGee will serve as two-year term. The group focuses on building better communities. McGee is Mississippi’s only representative on the board. [...]

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