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Mayor wants 'trial run' of hotel/restaurant tax next month

GAUTIER — At the end of the this week’s Gautier City Council meeting, Mayor Tommy Fortenberry made a motion to use the June 4 ballot as a “trial run” for the 2 percent tax-levy issue. Fortenberry said he was concerned at the low turnout of the primary election and wants to make sure residents are fully educated on the issue. ...

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Council gives nod to borrowing for downtown baseball stadium

BILOXI — The Biloxi City Council has voted 5-2 on a resolution that could lead to the borrowing of $20 million for the construction of an athletic stadium. Councilmen George Lawrence and David Fayard voted against the plan. WLOX-TV in Biloxi reports Councilman Ed Gemmill told other council members that a downtown baseball stadium would jump start businesses and tourism ...

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Council votes to limit public comments at meetings

MERIDIAN — The Meridian City Council is tired of local residents using the public comment period to talk about anything they want. The Meridian Star reports the council voted 3-2 this week restrict public comments to items on its agenda. George Pugh, a Meridian native who currently resides in Marion, said unless there’s been “some sort of ruckus” in the ...

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Councilman says donation is legal, won't repay money

TUPELO — A city councilman, who is running for re-election, says he will not return a $250 donation from Waste Management Inc. because there was nothing illegal about it. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Tupelo Councilman Mike Bryan accepted a $250 contribution in February from Waste Management, which currently picks up trash for the city. With the contract expiring ...

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Council approves motion on accepting applicants with felonies

COLUMBUS — The Columbus City Council has approved a motion by Councilman Kabir Karriem to stop the city’s practice of disqualifying job applicants with felonies. The Commercial Dispatch reports the proposal also includes forming a committee to establish screening policies that will allow for past incarceration to be considered when reviewing city job applicants, but would not be the sole ...

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Council approves new beer/light wine ordinance

HATTIESBURG — Hattiesburg City Council has adopted an ordinance to open downtown streets to the sale and consumption of beer and light wine during special events. The ordinance allows retailers with a current permit to sell beer and light wine on downtown streets closed for special events such as HUBFEST and the fall and spring downtown Art Walks. The Hattiesburg ...

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Council to debate new ordinances for nightclubs

TUPELO — The Tupelo City Council is set to consider tighter controls on nightclubs in hopes of reducing repeated disturbances that have kept police busy. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the ordinance will be considered tomorrow. It would apply to all nightclubs — broadly defined as any establishment that serves alcoholic beverages and provides entertainment, such as music, games, ...

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Council rejects mayor's $10M bond issue for streets

JACKSON — The Jackson City Council has overwhelmingly rejected a $10-million bond issue for street repaving, a stinging rebuke of Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr.’s agenda in the waning months of his current term. Council members gave varying reasons for the measure’s defeat, but Budget Committee chairwoman Margaret Barrett-Simon blamed it on an unwillingness among members of council to compromise. The ...

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City approves post-tornado emergency measures; assistance widens

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — Hattiesburg City Council has approved measures further related to the aftermath of the Feb. 10 tornado. The Hattiesburg American reports the council last night approved the state of emergency declaration, signed on Feb. 10, and approved agreements with Pine Belt Solid Waste Authority and Waste Management to dispose of storm debris in landfills. The council also voted ...

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Former carpet mill to be razed; site to offer green space

GREENVILLE — The city of Greenville will tear down the old US Axminister Carpet Mills plant and convert the site into green space. The Delta Democrat Times reports the city this past week approved a demolition contract with Huntington Machinery Inc. and Gentry Demolition LLC. The companies will tear down the building, which has been empty for about a decade. ...

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