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Not feeling hammered — Contractors report growing optimism

There are finally some hard signs that the nonresidential construction industry is coming out of the largest decline in decades, though the impact of the recent federal shutdown and a dwindling pool of available construction workers could curb some of that optimism. The latest Associated Builders and Contractors’ Construction Confidence Index (CCI) finds optimism was up among contractors nationwide during ...

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Local firm breaks ground for new hotel in Delta

CLARKSDALE — Landstar Construction, LLC, has broken ground for the construction of a new Hampton Inn by Hilton in Clarksdale for Chawla & Chawla, Inc. The 63-room hotel is scheduled to open in April 2014, according to Flowood-based Landstar. The cost of the project was undisclosed. Landstar is a general purpose construction firm serving the Southeast but specializing in hotels ...

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Close vote expected on proposed baseball stadium

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — The vote to finance construction of a minor league baseball stadium in downtown Biloxi is expected Tuesday after a public hearing and it’s expected to be close. The state contributed a $15 million grant from BP to build the stadium. The council now must decide if the city should back a $21 million bond, which will ...

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City launches online building permit, inspection report service

HERNANDO — The Office of Planning has launched a system for online filing of buildings permit applications and review of inspection reports in Hernando through MyPermitNow. City planning director Jared Darby tells The Commercial Appeal the software also will allow builders, contractors, design professionals and residents to schedule inspections online, get inspection notices through email or automated telephone calls and ...

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Fire station could join list of endangered historic buildings

MOSS POINT — The Moss Point Central Fire Station could be added to Mississippi Heritage Trust’s endangered list, according to executive director Lolly Barnes. The Sun Herald reports the list is released every two years and contains the top 10 most endangered historic buildings in the state. The next list will be released Nov. 14. “It’s definitely being considered,” Barnes ...

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Rain hurts sod production, but helps farmers meet demand

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — This year’s rainy spring kept grass from growing, but it also kept contractors from building, allowing Mississippi’s sod farmers to manage the season’s rough beginning. Barry Stewart, turf management specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, said demand was low at a time that benefitted growers. “As the year ...

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Ex-city contractor to change plea in bank fraud case

SOUTHAVEN — A former Southaven city contractor accused of bank fraud is set for a plea change hearing next month. The Commercial Appeal reports 53-year-old James Malcolm Harris Jr., of Hernando, pleaded not guilty to two counts of loan and credit application fraud and one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States when he was indicted on the federal ...

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Full House closes on financing, signs contracts for Silver Slipper hotel

HANCOCK COUNTY — Full House Resorts has closed on an amendment to its first lien credit agreement to provide for a $10-million loan from its first lien facility lenders, which will be used to fund a portion of the approximate $17.7-million construction of a 142-room hotel at the Silver Slipper Casino in Hancock County. Full House also has signed construction ...

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College Board approves university construction projects

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s College Board has approved the top 10 construction priorities of the state’s universities. Here is the total amount requested from the Legislature by each institution for the top 10, as well as the top two projects from each: ___ Alcorn State University Total for top 10 projects: $56.2 million. Top projects: 1. Technology classroom building, $17 ...

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UMMC gets lease approval, plans to start on new school building

GRENADA and JACKSON — The College Board has approved plans by the University of Mississippi Medical Center to lease Grenada Lake Medical Center. The board voted yesterday, as expected, to approve the lease. It runs for at least 20 years, but could be extended to 50. UMMC will take over the $37.4 million long-term debt for the 156-bed hospital in ...

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