Archive | March, 2013

OUR VIEW — The simple answer: Jackson needs the Department of Revenue

March 27, 2013

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“The new normal.” Those are an awful trio of words the nation’s nagging economic slump has left us with. They mark a concession that we are prepared to live with things that are less good than before, such as double-digit unemployment, underwater home values and — for downtown Jackson — historically high office vacancy rates. […]

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OP-ED — Emmerich: Google is full of bovine manure

March 27, 2013

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Google has started a big “Go Paperless in 2013” campaign. Paper, they say, is bad for the environment. It’s high time someone called bovine manure on this. Trees are organic. Trees are renewable. Tree farms reduce CO2. There are more forests in Mississippi than there were at the turn of the century. Sixty-five percent of […]

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Landmark final offer for DOR HQ came in $10M above South Pointe’s

March 26, 2013

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  With a 20-year-lease offer of $48.5 million on the table, downtown Jackson’s Landmark Center held a clear lead in the competition to become the new headquarters of the Mississippi Department of Revenue. Rivals South Pointe Business Park in Clinton and Diversified Technologies complex in Ridgeland presented offers of $51.4 million and $53.4 million, respectively. […]

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Hinds, MUW form culinary arts partnership

March 26, 2013

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Hinds Community College and Mississippi University for Women have revealed details of a new agreement for students studying the culinary arts in the Jackson area. The so-called “2 Plus 2″ agreement between HCC and MUW will allow culinary arts students to finish their bachelor’s degrees at the Hinds Jackson campus’ Academic/Technical Center. A signing ceremony […]

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DOR workers thrilled about pending move

March 26, 2013

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Here’s proof that things can seem horribly bad one week and just peachy the next. On March 18, employees of the Mississippi Department of Revenue endured the ear-splitting sound of a hail onslaught banging on a tin roof and aluminum walls. Seven days later, they heard the wonderful words they’ve awaited for nearly two decades: […]

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Three Roberts hotels sold at bankruptcy auction; Walthall not included

March 25, 2013

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A hearing is set for April 3 in St. Louis to finalize the sale of three hotels owned by St. Louis-based Roberts Cos., owners of downtown Jackson’s shuttered Roberts Vista Hotel. The Jackson property, known for several decades as The Walthall, is not among the Roberts hotels to be sold April 3. The 85-year-old East […]

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(Update) Final price made Clinton’s South Pointe the pick for new Revenue Department HQ

March 25, 2013

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The South Pointe complex must be ready for the DOR by July 2014.

Aggressive last-minute price cutting did the trick for Clinton’s South Pointe Business Park in the competition to become the new home of the Mississippi Department of Revenue, the state says. The selection came down to price, with representatives of the former WorldCom headquarters presenting a lease offer too attractive to pass up, said Kevin Upchurch, […]

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Air control towers at Golden Triangle Airport, Meridian’s Key Field get reprieves on closings

March 22, 2013

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Ties to military operations have exempted Golden Triangle Regional Airport near Columbus and Key Field in Meridian from closing under a funding cutoff set to begin April 7 under the federal budget sequester. Five other “contract towers” in the state — Tupelo, Greenville, Oliver Branch, Jackson, and Bay St. Louis – failed to gain exemptions […]

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OP-ED — Wicker: Reform at Jackson VA long overdue

March 22, 2013

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Last week’s headlines about the quality of management and care at Jackson’s G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center were not a surprise to those of us who have sought reform for the past two years. In fact, national attention – heralded by a comprehensive article in the New York Times – was long overdue. Under […]

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Coast casino fined for shortage of cash

March 22, 2013

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The last problem you would expect from a casino would be for it to be short on cash, but that’s exactly what happened to Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville Casino and Restaurant in Biloxi — and it will pay for it. The Mississippi Gaming Commission fined Margaritaville $10,000 during today’s monthly commission meeting because wasn’t keeping enough […]

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