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Mississippi Coliseum to serve beer for first time; new arena advocates still work on feasibility study On Oct. 16, Hank Williams Jr. will be in Jackson to perform at the Mississippi Coliseum. Joining Williams will be country music acts Jamey Johnson, Colt Ford, Josh Thompson and The Grascals. But perhaps the star of the show will be something that’s never appeared — at ...

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Tabor: Back to the drawing board

Ruling a win for CottonMill developers; Condo developers ‘exploring other options’ In late July, Starkville aldermen voted 4-3 to deny a zoning change request from a developer who wanted to turn the old University Inn into condominiums. Larry Tabor, whose Tabor Management had planned to renovate the old 100-room hotel into 50 condos, had requested that the property be rezoned ...

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Withering in the field

Farmers facing record heat, lack of rain One year after being rained out of their fields and suffering the worst planting season in a half-century, Mississippi’s farmers are now frying in them. The prolonged, record temperatures and lack of rain have many wondering if the agriculture community facing another disaster. “That’s hard for me to believe,” said Dr. John Michael ...

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Facelift and expansion of 1950s era Monfort a go

Attala Co. hospital waits for bids now, expects to break ground in October   Montfort Jones Memorial Hospital in Kosciusko is searching for a general contractor for a $15-million expansion comprising approximately 58,000 square feet. Hospital administrator John Dawson said he hopes the facility will see lots of new patients as federal healthcare reform kicks in.   Montfort released its ...

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$6 million spent to keep migratory ducks from oil

Private landowners paid to flood land in hopes of luring flying fowl   Almost all of $6 million in federal funds allocated for early flooding along the Mississippi Flyway have been obligated to private landowners. But whether the early flooding program will actually succeed in its goal of stopping birds from heading south toward the BP oil spill is anybody’s ...

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Heritage Bank capital call nearly $6 million

Leaders not certain money can be raised The FDIC has ordered Carthage-based Heritage Bank to raise nearly $6 million in capital by early September, and the institution’s leader is not asserting that the money can be raised. Heritage has $238 million in assets and $225 in total liabilities, leaving only $13 million in equity, according to a recent earnings statement. Also, ...

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Numbers don’t lie: Beau had a lot to lose with Brown incident

The executive director of the Mississippi Department of Transportation will return to the Beau Rivage in late October. Butch Brown is probably hoping for a calmer stay than his last one. Brown, 67, was arrested in the early morning of July 23 at the Biloxi resort and charged with public intoxication and disorderly conduct. The details in the police report ...

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Heritage or Hindrance? — Mississippi flag plays a role in state’s sports and economic development

Pearl’s Trustmark Park is in the hunt to host the Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament, but in the end, the SEC says our state flag is a negative factor, officially making the Confederate symbol a financial liability Since the mid 1990s, the Birmingham, Ala., suburb of Hoover has been the site of the Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament. That may change next year. ...

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‘SHOW ME THE MONEY’

College football grasping to keep agents, lure of cash from tainting eligibility of its athletes   The Southeastern Conference’s chaotic kickoff to each football season happens every year in late July at the Wynfrey Hotel in Birmingham. Media Days, the great gathering of SEC royalty, does not require a dramatic story line to whip fans and media into a frenzy; ...

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‘Misunderstanding’

MDOT executive director Butch Brown and the Beau Rivage call his arrest a ‘misunderstanding;’ the Biloxi Police Department says Brown was ‘drunk,’ ‘belligerent’ and so much a threat to officers he was placed in a facility ‘better equipped to handle unruly prisoners’   Click here to see the complete PDF reproductions of the police report from the Butch Brown arrest ...

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