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Battle over Jackson airport takeover goes to federal court

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A former commissioner of the Jackson airport is suing the state over a law that would give suburbs and the state some control over the airport. Jeffrey Stallworth of Jackson filed suit in federal court April 6 against Gov. Phil Bryant, the Mississippi Legislature and the Department of Transportation. Stallworth says in the lawsuit that he owns 100 acres of ...

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Bill heading to governor would expand Jackson airport board

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A bill to expand the board of Mississippi’s largest airport is headed to Gov. Phil Bryant. The state Senate voted 31-15 Thursday to pass the final version of Senate Bill 2162. It would replace a five-member board with a nine-member board to oversee Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport. » READ MORE MBJ coverage of the airport bill … Jackson Mayor Tony ...

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With land ready for market, Jackson-Evers CEO looks to do deals

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By TED CARTER If you’re in the flying business, whether from the air or ground, Carl Newman wants to talk to you. He has lots of land to lease and soon will have roads that can reach it. “We’ll be primarily focused on aeronautical,” said Newman, a veteran airport operations executive who since becoming CEO of the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority ...

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Parkway extension sets stage for airport land leasing

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By TED CARTER A ceremonial highway groundbreaking that got rained out last week represented the start of a new era for Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport’s long-held vision to develop hundreds of acres the airport owns between Lakeland Drive and Old Brandon Road. While the rainout may mean the first turning of dirt for the second phase of the East Metro ...

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Expect selection of new Jackson airports board right after bill signing

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By TED CARTER The author of the successful Senate bill to transfer control of Jackson’s airports to a state board with metro-wide representation expects appointments to the new board will begin soon after Gov. Phil Bryant signs the bill. “I would assume that they will appoint right away,” said Sen. Josh Harkins, a Flowood Republican whose bill, SB 2162, led ...

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Airport Authority prepping for court fight on airport control

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By TED CARTER  The Jackson Municipal Airport Authority has hired Phelps Dunbar lawyer Fred Banks Jr. to handle litigation that could arise over a possible state takeover of governance of Jackson’s airports. Banks would not confirm the hiring. However, Airport Authority board minutes show members enlisted the help of Banks well before Sen. Josh Harkins of Flowood introduced his bill ...

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Horhn: Airport Authority hires lawyer in advance of airport control fight

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By TED CARTER The Jackson Municipal Airport Authority has hired Phelps Dunbar lawyer Fred Banks Jr. to handle litigation that could arise over a possible state takeover of governance of Jackson’s airports, state Sen. John Horhn says. Neither Banks nor the Airport Authority would confirm the hiring. Horhn said the Airport Authority has retained the former Mississippi Supreme Court justice specifically ...

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NEWSROOM BLOG — Jackson mayor finally speaks on airport issue

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Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber has been the invisible man in the debate over control of Jackson Medgar Wiley-Evers International Airport, leaving it to others to argue against taking control of the airport away from Jackson City Hall. Not wanting to steal the spotlight from Punxsutawney Phil, Yarber chose the day after Groundhog Day to surface long enough to issue an ...

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Fight for control of Jackson airport set for takeoff

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By TED CARTER What the State of Mississippi gives it can take away, state Sen. Josh Harkins insists in explaining his push to create a tri-county board to control Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport. With tens of thousands of people having moved out of Jackson to Rankin and Madison counties in recent decades, Jackson is not the suitable ruler for the ...

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