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Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership annual meeting is Wednesday

The Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership (GJCP) will host its 2014 annual meeting from 11:30 a.m. 6to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Jackson Convention Complex. Investors, volunteers and the general public will receive updates on the progress of the Partnership’s recent strategic plan initiatives for the Greater Jackson area.  Chairman Andy Taggart, Chairman-Elect David Gates and President Duane O’Neill will provide ...

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Group pushes for bill to disclose insurance costs by area

JACKSON — A group of lawmakers and residents from the Mississippi Gulf Coast are again pushing a bill that would require insurance companies to disclose, by geographic area, how much they are charging to insure property. The idea, which originated in Alabama, is meant to provide evidence to people who are fighting for lower insurance rates. The theory is that ...

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Managing wild hog nusiance is workshop topic

GRENADA — The Grenada County Extension Office will hold a wild-hog management workshop on Feb. 9 for landowners, hunters and timber professionals across the state. The “Wild Hog Damage Management Workshop” is from 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Grenada County Extension Office. Topics include basic wildlife damage management; wild hog history, biology and ecology; feral swine diseases, parasites ...

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Critics say Pearl out to eliminate mobile homes and apartments – not safeguard them

Pearl is taking dramatic — and some say unprecedented and unconstitutional – steps to rid the city of manufactured homes and to downsize existing apartment complexes. October brought requirements that manufactured home parks and rental complexes build community storm shelters able to accommodate all residents and withstand the force of a F-2 tornado. In addition, the City mandated apartment complexes ...

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Challenging times ahead for Pearl’s manufactured home residents, apartment complex owners

A proclamation from Gov. Phil Bryant declaring October “Manufactured Home Month” noted the factory-built dwellings provide housing for 507,000 Mississippians. But there could soon be manufactured housing for far fewer people in Pearl, a Rankin County city of about 25,000 residents. Public safety and a desire to keep non-conforming land uses from “going on forever” are behind expansive zoning changes ...

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Mississippi projects part of nearly $1 billion public-private conservation partnerships

Mississippi, the 49 other states and Puerto Rico will receive more than $370 million in federal funding for 115 high-impact conservation projects as part of the new Regional Conservation Partnership Program. In turn, these projects will leverage an estimated $400 million in partner contributions to improve the nation’s water quality, support wildlife habitat and enhance the environment, the U.S. Department of ...

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Fed’s Atlanta district reports employers switching to hiring mode

Demand for workers has increased throughout the Atlanta Federal Reserve District in recent weeks, the Federal Reserve reported in the Jan. 14 Beige Book. Published several times a year, the Beige Book provides assessments of economic conditions in the nation’s 12 Fed districts. Beige Book information is gathered from a network of business sources in each district. The Atlanta District, ...

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Madison rental ordinance dispute before Miss. Supreme Court

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court has agreed to review property owner Mike Crook’s challenge to a city of Madison ordinance he argues was designed to keep renters out of the Jackson suburb. Crook was convicted in 2011 of violating the ordinance and fined $600. The state Court of Appeals denied Crook’s appeal in 2014. City officials say Crook, a ...

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FHA mortgage holders getting half-percent cut on insurance premiums

An improved housing market has led the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) to reduce the annual mortgage insurance premiums new borrowers will pay by half of a percent. The premium cut is projected to save more than two million FHA homeowners an average of $900 annually and spur 250,000 new homebuyers to purchase their first home over the next three years, ...

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Westin developers aim high on room rates

Downtown Jackson’s hotel market has been on a rollercoaster of sorts over the past six years as occupancies fell to less than 40 percent some months and climbed into the high 60 percent range other months. Revenue per room — calculated by multiplying a hotel’s average daily room rate by its occupancy rate — has fluctuated significantly as well, dropping ...

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