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Supervisor says Byram/Clinton Parkway start is 2 months away


By TED CARTER Construction of the Byram/Clinton Parkway, an 18-mile project Mississippi’s economic development officials conceived in 1985, is expected to finally get under way in December, Hinds County Supervisor Peggy Calhoun says. Calhoun said Monday project engineers declared the first phase of slightly more than three miles ready to go, though the Army Corps of Engineers wants more time to ...

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Proposal to form business district languishes while County Line reels

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By JACK WEATHERLY  The left-right combination of two major retailers leaving County Line Road has stunned the retail corridor, but has focused attention on how it’s doing in its fight to compete with newer challengers. Sam’s Club left Aug. 6 and Best Buy’s last day is Oct. 31. Meantime, a 75-page survey completed a year ago for the cities of ...

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Miss health officials: 3rd West Nile virus case of 2015

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JACKSON — The Mississippi State Department of Health says a Simpson County resident has the state’s third confirmed case of West Nile virus this year. Laboratories previously confirmed cases in Adams and Hinds counties. Last year, 43 people in Mississippi came down with the virus, and seven of them died. State Epidemiologist Dr. Thomas Dobbs said in Monday’s news release ...

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READY TO ROLL — House building on verge of breakout in Mississippi

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By JACK WEATHERLY  The housing market in the Jackson area and across the state is in the first phase of a rise in construction. Residential permits in Mississippi for one- and two-unit dwellings rose 15.7 percent for the first four months of 2015 compared with the corresponding period last year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau on Wednesday. Several factors ...

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Justice Department cites Hinds County over jail conditions


JACKSON — Federal officials say faltering efforts to improve conditions at Hinds County’s two jails have been far inadequate to overcome decrepit physical conditions, rampant violence and poor staffing. The U.S. Department of Justice, in a 29-page letter issued Thursday to county officials, says conditions violate the U.S. Constitution because threat of harm amounts to cruel and unusual punishment and ...

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Hinds County retreat seeks resort status from state

JACKSON — Providence Hill Farm, a 1,250-acre retreat in northwest Hinds County, has been given approval by the Hinds County Board of Supervisors to seek state status as a resort area. The Mississippi Department of Revenue is responsible for approving resort status for an establishment or area. The process begins with the board of supervisors issuing a resolution in support ...

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Judge OKs Westin funding, cites ‘public purpose’ in tax money as debt collateral

By TED CARTER Hinds Chancery Judge William Singletary on Tuesday approved allowing $10 million of Jackson tax money to help backstop the debt for a $60 million Westin hotel planned for downtown. In giving a nod to a contribution agreement that pledged the public money, Singletary rejected local developer Don Hewitt’s argument that Mississippi Constitution prohibits using public money for private ...

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Hinds judge says he was justified to bar public defender

JACKSON — Hinds County Circuit Judge Jeff Weill told the Mississippi Supreme Court Friday that he was justified to bar an assistant public defender from his court, saying she’s incompetent, poorly behaved and can’t follow court rules. In a filing with the high court, Weill wrote that he believes assistant public defender Alison Kelly can no longer represent people without ...

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