Posts Tagged ‘property’

Schools hit by spiraling insurance premiums, lack of providers

HATTIESBURG — Property insurance premiums have skyrocketed for Pine Belt school districts. Some have had problems just finding a company to insure them. Lamar County School District Superintendent Ben Burnett told the Hattiesburg American that his district’s premium was about $176,000 last year but just increased by $500,000. “I was shocked,” he said. “We always […] [...]

Caesar’s drops lease; cleanup begins at former Casino Magic site

BILOXI — Caesars Entertainment has dropped its lease on the Casino Magic property in East Biloxi and crews are cleaning out the tower. The Sun Herald reports city officials say they are frustrated that nothing is being done to demolish the abandoned casino project next door. Jerry Creel, Biloxi’s community development director, told the city […] [...]

Real estate developer gets 10 days in prison for bank fraud

OXFORD — DeSoto County developer Chuck Roberts will serve 10 days in a federal prison in September for his role in a bank fraud scheme involving a Southaven subdivision his company was planning to build. The Commercial Appeal reports the 46-year-old Roberts said during yesterday’s sentencing hearing in U.S. District Court in Oxford that his […] [...]

Arlington owner makes surprise court appearance; pleads guilty

NATCHEZ — Historic Arlington owner Dr. Tom Vaughan of Jackson made a surprise appearance in Natchez Municipal Court and pleaded guilty to failure to maintain property. Municipal Court Judge Pro Tem Tony Heidelberg tells The Natchez Democrat Vaughan did not show up for his actual court date on July 1. Heidelberg said Vaughan told him […] [...]

City’s new rental property ordinance gets opposition from landlords

PEARL — Tensions are high in Pearl over a new ordinance related to rental property. The Clarion-Ledger reports the city is requiring existing rental properties to have sprinklers in case of fires. It also mandates landlords add warning sirens, a telephone or text emergency warning system that would notify tenants in emergencies, and storm shelters […] [...]

County’s assessed value of property nears high-billion dollars

PURVIS — With solid growth for the past 20 years, the assessed value of property, homes and other assets in Lamar County is approaching the half-billion dollar mark, continuing to bolster county revenue. The Hattiesburg American reports the county’s current assessed valuation, the total of taxable property, stands at over $498 million, up more than […] [...]

City holding more than quarter-million-dollar debt for yard work

VICKSBURG — The City of Vicksburg has $286,370 in uncollected debt on its books that some city officials say it might never fully recover. It’s money the city says 143 property owners owe for cutting, cleaning, clearing, and, in some cases, removing buildings from 238 parcels between 2009 and May. The State of Mississippi owns […] [...]

Fifty-five parcels of tax-forfeited property sold via auction

GREENVILLE — The recent Secretary of State Office’s auction of tax forfeited property in Greenville offered 94 parcels worth $190,151.30. The auction lasted from May 15-June 6. In a release, the City of Greenville reports 103 bids were received on 55 parcels. The amount of the winning bids was $20,782.25. Greenville Mayor John Cox. “I’m […] [...]

Owner of fire-damaged historic home faces charges

NATCHEZ — The owner of the crumbling Arlington Plantation house will be in Natchez Municipal Court on July 1 to face allegations of violating a city ordinance on overgrown properties. The Natchez Democrat reports Dr. Thomas Vaughan of Jackson entered a not guilty plea earlier this week in city environmental court, which is a division of […] [...]

Hosemann recruiting Realtors to market tax-forfeited property

JACKSON — Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann is partnering with licensed real estate brokers in Mississippi to actively market tax-forfeited properties in the State. “If you want property sold in Mississippi, you sell through a licensed Realtor,” says Hosemann. “The growing number of tax-forfeited properties in our state is an epidemic, and I can think of […] [...]

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