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Ben Allen back at DJP but agency’s course unclear

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Ben Allen returned to running Downtown Jackson Partners Monday, but whether he stays on the job as he fights charges he stole and embezzled money from the agency is uncertain. For now, Allen is calling the shots at the quasi-public entity responsible for administering downtown Jackson’s Business Improvement District and promoting downtown as a work, live and play destination. “No ...

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Downtown Jackson Partners yet to decide operational control as Allen fights charges

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By TED CARTER The governing board of Downtown Jackson Partners has not decided how the agency will be run as DJP President Ben Allen  fights an indictment on multiple counts of theft and embezzlement. Nor has DJP’s policy board decided whether the agency will cover Allen’s legal fees, though it has pledged to “vigorously fight” to clear Allen. “We have ...

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Indictment: Downtown Jackson leader stole and misused money

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An indictment says the head of a downtown Jackson development group misused money in an investigation that has also led to two high-ranking employees of the Mississippi Audit Department being charged with hindering prosecution. Ben Allen, executive director of Downtown Jackson Partners, was charged with stealing nearly $55,000 of the nonprofit group’s money and misusing another $190,000 in a 10-count ...

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Jackson CBD promoters cheer Forman Watkins’ move to Regions Plaza

Downtown Jackson law firm Forman Watkins & Krutz will soon move to the upper four floors of Regions Plaza at 210 E. Capitol St

By TED CARTER Regions Plaza’s future, as well as its bottom line, became considerably brighter with Tuesday’s announcement that law firm Forman Watkins & Krutz will occupy the upper four floors of the 22-story tower in downtown Jackson. The 29-year-old firm’s move from downtown’s City Centre into the 55,000 square foot space should be completed by late May or early June, ...

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$2 million makeover for Jackson’s Smith Park in conceptual stage

A vision for the first revamp of downtown Jackson’s Smith Park in more than 40 years is taking shape. A project committee of downtown business leaders hope to raise private money to secure a contribution from state government for a $2 million redo that involves opening up the 2.4-acre park’s visibility and access, building a new bandstand and eliminating water ...

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Senate bills call for moving dozens of state offices to Capitol area

Downtown Jackson would see hundreds of new workers and a whittling of its office space vacancies through proposals from Senate Public Property Committee Chairman David Blount to consolidate more state agencies into space available in the Jackson Capitol Complex. In support of a pair of bills he has introduced, Blount produced an analysis from Millsaps College’s Else School of Management ...

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Court-appointed receiver finding interest in Jackson's former Walthall Hotel

A court-appointed receiver is in talks with several prospective buyers of downtown Jackson’s Roberts Vista Hotel, currently shuttered and awaiting repairs from water damage. The hotel is known more commonly in Jackson as The Walthall, for Civil War figure Edward Cary Walthall, whose name it bore upon opening 85 years ago. As it has several times in the past, the ...

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Court-appointed receiver finding interest in former Walthall Hotel

A court-appointed receiver is in talks with several prospective buyers of downtown Jackson’s Roberts Vista Hotel, currently shuttered and awaiting repairs from water damage. The hotel, known more commonly in Jackson as The Walthall, for local Civil War figure Edward Cary Walthall, whose name it bore upon opening 85 years ago. As it as a few times in the past, ...

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A touchup for Thalia Mara

It’s said Jackson’s Thalia Mara Hall hasn’t got a bad seat in the house. But seats that are in bad shape? Those are about as plentiful as the number of days that make up the Broadway run of the “Phantom of the Opera.” Since its opening in 1968 as the Jackson Municipal Auditorium, the City-owned hall has been home to ...

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