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Johnson wants to use bond issue to fund $10M in street paving

JACKSON — Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. says he will use funds from a bond issue to pay for a $10 million street paving project in the Capital City. Johnson tells The Clarion-Ledger the city council would have to sign off on the proposal. The city has devoted huge sums of money to fixing streets. Jackson spends $1 million or so ...

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Council clears way for two downtown microbreweries

HATTIESBURG — The Hattiesburg City Council has approved a change to the city’s land use code to allow microbreweries to open in the city’s downtown area. The Hattiesburg American reports two breweries are currently equipping to begin brewing by spring. Southern Prohibition brewery, owned by John Neal and Quinby Chunn, is remodeling a former furniture warehouse to house a 20-barrel ...

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Council adopts new formula to set employees' salaries

PASCAGOULA — The Pascagoula City Council has approved a new approach to determine the salaries for city employees to go into effect in 2013. The Sun Herald reports the new plan will base salary off of the jobs’ values rather than the people fulfilling those positions. In a study that compared Pascagoula’s city employees’ salaries to those of other local, ...

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Mayor wants $90M for water, sewer improvement contract

JACKSON — Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. is pushing the Jackson City Council to approve a $90 million water and sewer improvement contract that project officials guarantee will pay for itself. The Clarion-Ledger reports the project would be a major step toward addressing the city’s water and sewer infrastructure. The project includes four major initiatives: — Replacing the city’s antiquated water ...

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Mayor vetoes budget adopted by City Council

GULFPORT — Mayor George Schloegel has vetoed the 2012-2013 budget adopted by the Gulfport City Council last week. Schloegel urged the council yesterday to take another look at “right sizing” the city staff and cutting expenses. Council president Ricky Dombrowski told The Sun Herald a small group of council members would meet to consider the mayor’s proposals. Neither the mayor’s ...

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City council approves tax incentive for new Hard Rock hotel

BILOXI — The Biloxi City Council has authorized a seven-year tourism tax incentive for a new hotel tower at Hard Rock Casino Biloxi. The Sun Herald reports the incentive means the hotel will pay no ad valorem tax on the improved value for the seven-year period. The tower will be built north of the swimming pool along U.S. 90. The ...

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Councilman wants city to crack down on panhandlers

JACKSON — Jackson City Councilman Quentin Whitwell wants to make it more costly to panhandle in downtown Jackson by increasing fines and possible jail sentences for repeat offenses. Whitwell tells The Clarion-Ledger residents have complained more and more lately of being accosted when they go downtown. While acknowledging the ordinance won’t solve the problem on its own, Whitwell said his ...

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City administrator resigns after 'heated discussion' with councilman

LAUREL — Laurel administrator Dennis Keveryn has resigned in aftermath of a verbal altercation with Ward 7 Councilman Trey Chinn during a council work session. Keveryn’s resignation was effective Friday. Keveryn told the Hattiesburg American that the “heated discussion” led to a week’s suspension without pay from Mayor Melvin Mack. Keveryn, who had spent the past 3 1/2 years as ...

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City wants legislators to approve vote on restaurant/bar tax

GAUTIER — The Gautier City Council has approved a resolution asking for legislative authority to hold a referendum on a 1 percent tax on restaurant and bar sales to fund recreation, economic development and tourism promotion. The Mississippi Press reports the vote without comment at yesterday’s council meeting is for a “local and private bill” in the Legislature. If approved, ...

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