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Ex-contractor's bank fraud trial postponed

SOUTHAVEN — The sentencing hearing for a former Southaven contractor who admitted to submitting fake invoices to a bank for work at a subdivision his company never built has been delayed until an unspecified date. The Commercial Appeal reports James Harris was scheduled for sentencing Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Aberdeen, but his lawyers yesterday asked for and received ...

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Ex-contractor to be sentenced for bank fraud this month

SOUTHAVEN — Sentencing for James M. Harris, a former contractor with the city of Southaven who pleaded guilty last year to a federal bank fraud charge, is scheduled for Jan. 29 in Aberdeen. The Commercial Appeal reports the 54-year-old Harris pleaded guilty on Sept. 12 to one count of loan and credit application fraud in federal court. He admitted during ...

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Firms take home BUILDMississippi awards

BILOXI — AGC of Mississippi recently hosted its annual BUILDMississippi awards banquet to recognize some of the projects completed by its members. The winners were as follows: • Commercial — Roy Anderson Corp for Margaritaville Casino & Resort • Commercial — Dan Hensarling Inc. for Pavilions @ Gulfport Small Craft Harbor • Institutional — Evan Johnson & Sons Construction for ...

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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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Appeals court upholds ruling; finds 'stop notice' law unconstitutional

JACKSON — A federal appeals court has upheld a ruling that invalidated Mississippi’s “stop notice” law. In 2012, U.S. Magistrate S. Allan Alexander ruled the law unconstitutional because it deprived a corporation of its property without due process of law. A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans upheld that ruling yesterday. Alexander ruled ...

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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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Troubled interstate project remains on schedule

MADISON COUNTY — A multimillion-dollar project to widen lanes between two Madison County interchanges on I-55 is on schedule despite having to hire a new contractor. The Clarion-Ledger reports W.G. Yates and Son Construction Co. is working about 12 hours a day, seven days a week to reach the target completion date of November 2014. Mississippi Department of Transportation spokesman ...

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Former city contractor pleads guilty to bank fraud

SOUTHAVEN — A former contractor with the city of Southaven has pleaded guilty to a federal charge that he made false statements to an area bank to get money from a loan for drainage work at a subdivision that his development company never built. The Commercial Appeal reports it took 53-year-old James Harris, of Hernando, just 25 minutes to enter ...

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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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Problems with paint, birds delay bridge project completion

COLUMBUS — It will likely be the end of September before the city can officially close out the Old Highway 82 bridge restoration project due to two factors — issues with the primer used in the painting process and a flock of protected migratory barn swallows who have made the construction site their temporary home. City engineer Kevin Stafford said ...

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