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I-69 draft plan done; consultant to meet with supervisors, commissioners

HERNANDO — Planning officials in DeSoto County say a draft plan for development of the future Interstate 69 international trade corridor has been completed. Planning director Ted Garrod tells The Commercial Appeal that the plan, almost three years in the making, is designed to guide development along the traffic corridor through the county. Project consultants with the Cincinnati-based firm McBride ...

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Port, consultant at odds over expenses; contract may be terminated

GULFPORT — The state port of Gulfport is negotiating reductions in contract costs with CH2M Hill, the global consulting and engineering firm that conceived ambitious expansion plans unveiled in 2008 but since curtailed. “It’s my opinion we really don’t need all their services they offer and the expenses that are going along with it,” said Bobby Knesal, an engineer and ...

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Board extends contract of consultant to board president's daughter

MCCOMB — The South Pike School Board has extended a contract with a consultant to provide a year of training to the district’s new business manager, who is the school board president’s daughter. The consultant, Bonnie Granger is a certified public accountant. She was hired after the board voted in December 2012 to hire board president Sam Hall’s daughter, DeLorean ...

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City brings in tourism consultant, gears up for 300th anniversary

NATCHEZ — Tourism consultants will evaluate Natchez in coming months as the city gears up for 300th anniversary celebrations in 2016. Leaders hope the anniversary will boost the city’s tourism industry over a yearlong period, in part by creating new festivals or extending existing ones, reports The Natchez Democrat. Consultant Berkeley Young will examine the city’s convention and visitor bureau, ...

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Reports mixed on which Coast city won in annexation case

D’IBERVILLE — The annexation battle between Biloxi and D’Iberville is finally over, and representatives for D’Iberville say they are the winners. The area in dispute was along Mississippi Highway 67. The state Supreme Court on March 21 upheld the annexation ruling that kept in Harrison County part of the annexation area requested by both cities and split the remaining land ...

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City manager terminated over consultant controversy

D’IBERVILLE — Michael Janus has been fired from his job as city manager in D’Iberville. The mayor and board of aldermen took the action Wednesday in an ongoing dispute over an agreement that Janus signed with a Pascagoula consulting firm. At a meeting last month, Janus said he never notified the city council about that deal, and he never got ...

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Bankrupt company says it owes county nothing

MERIDIAN — The financial consultant brought into reorganize bankrupt Handy Hardware says the Texas company disputes a claim by the state of Mississippi that it owes $3.5 million to Lauderdale County. Handy Hardware President Morrie Aaron cites a 2009 memorandum of agreement that says Handy would not have to repay a federal Community Development Block Grant used to improve the ...

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Consultant advises city to expand convention center

NATCHEZ — Natchez Convention Center managers say a multi-million-dollar expansion of the center will be needed in two years. The Natchez Democrat reports New Orleans Hotel Consultants president Warren Reuther told Mayor Butch Brown and aldermen at a meeting last week that the center is rapidly approaching 70-percent capacity. Convention center manager Walter Tipton said the convention center is turning ...

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City hires Tennessee consultant to rewrite building codes

NATCHEZ — The city of Natchez has hired a consultant to help officials rewrite the local guidelines for building codes, new construction, signage and the various zoned districts in the city. Former city planner Phil Walker of the Walker Collaborative, a consulting firm in Nashville, Tenn., tells the Natchez Democrat he’ll meet with a local steering committee. The committee is ...

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