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JACK WEATHERLY — Downtown Jackson taking it one step at a time

Grand plans have been pursued for naught to revive downtown Jackson. In 2009, a spectacular proposal called Two Lakes would have turned downtown into a canal with sailboats, condos and a concert bowl. The plan didn’t hold water. More recently, and seemingly still within reach, is the revival of the Farish Street Historic District. Meantime, the piecemeal approach has proceeded. ...

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Construction tour of downtown Jackson hotel shows shape of future

By JACK WEATHERLY Mike Burton loves to point out the subtleties of the Jackson Westin as he conducts a walking tour of the hotel under construction. Such as the walls of the ground-floor passage from the east-facing lobby that are on a slight angle for a few paces, then an inset and another angled wall and so on, till the ...

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Colonial Highlands manager breaks silence, says plan just taking longer

By JACK WEATHERLY It’s taken longer for the Colonial Highlands traditional neighborhood project to gain traction than anticipated, Bo Lockard said in an interview last week. Lockard, managing partner of Colonial Jackson LLC, sought to clear the air on the project in northeast Jackson expected to cost $250 million. In recent months, Lockard, other partners and local brokers had not ...

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New restaurant ‘barrels’ into Fondren

Barrelhouse owners hope to provide economically sound business with character to community By ALEX JACKS In the heart of Fondren, where art, entertainment and, most important, fine dining take a front seat, sits the newest hub that combines all three characteristics. Barrelhouse, named for its exposed barrel rolled ceiling and prominent Cajun cuisine roots, recently opened on the Fondren strip. ...

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Seraphim Solar lets the sunshine in with tour of plant

By JACK WEATHERLY At last, the sun has broken through and shed light on the solar-panel maker in west Jackson. Seraphim Solar USA started making panels in February 2016 after it got its first order, according to production manager Jake Pixler. The Mississippi Business Journal last was able to report on the project in April 2016, after it was announced ...

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House passes bill to help pay for Jackson infrastructure

The Mississippi House is advancing a bill that would spend an additional $20 million a year in state money for infrastructure improvements in central parts of Jackson. The House voted 99-22 Wednesday for House Bill 1226 to create a Capitol Complex Improvement District. The measure moves to the Senate for more debate. Senators are considering a different proposal, Senate Bill 2893 . A five-member ...

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Capitol Art Lofts finally heads toward becoming reality

By JACK WEATHERLY Cold westerly winds of change barreled down Capitol Street in downtown Jackson Monday morning as a long-awaited project turned its last corner toward becoming a reality. The Capitol Art Lofts had been stalled several years in the planning stage due to funding problems. But New Orleans-based HRI Properties Inc. announced Sept. 14 that the last part of ...

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Jackson halts Entergy payments until lights get fixed

Jackson officials have decided not to pay the city’s monthly Entergy bill until the power company fixes street lights that have been broken for months. The Clarion-Ledger reports that Jackson City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to remove the approximately $429,000 payment to Entergy from the claims docket, promising only to pay it once the lights are working. Councilman Kenneth Stokes ...

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Hosemann says Mississippi election systems are secure

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said Thursday he is taking “every possible precaution” to protect Mississippi’s election system from hacking or other security risks. Circuit clerks and elections officials in several counties also said in interviews that they’re working on security ahead of the Nov. 8 election. Republican Hosemann said his staff conducts daily monitoring of the Statewide Elections Management ...

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Commuter airline starts Jackson-to-Nashville service

By JACK WEATHERLY  The eight-seat Cessna 208 Caravan lifts off a runway on Southern Airways Express’ inaugural Jackson-to-Nashville flight on Monday. The single-engine turboprop plane heads to the Tennessee capital, with a brief stopover in Memphis. Takeoff from Jackson International is 9:03 a.m. The plane climbs to 9,000 feet and reaches cruising speed of about 200 miles per hour. The ...

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