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Analysis: School takeover tangled in web of other issues

The potential state takeover of Mississippi’s second-largest school district has highlighted the depth of anger some people feel about how policymakers treat public education and how some legislators have acted toward the capital city. The state Board of Education last week asked Republican Gov. Phil Bryant to declare that an “extreme emergency” exists in Jackson Public Schools. That is a ...

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Former restaurant owner indicted for embezzlement

A former Mississippi restaurant owner accused of embezzling child support money from a former employee has been indicted. The Clarion-Ledger reported Friday that Patrick Kelly, owner of the defunct Mint and Julep’s restaurants, was indicted on a charged of embezzlement of child support money from Charles Wiggins. Wiggins had his wages garnished by the Mississippi Department of Human Services to pay his ...

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Plans announced for 125-room Hilton hotel in Fondren

  By JACK WEATHERLY The Heritage Hospitality Group announced plans on Wednesday to build a 125-guestroom Hilton Homewood Suites Hotel in Fondren. The hotel will be built with the medical corridor in mind. Otherwise, it is geared toward multi-day business travelers and others, according to Chico Patel, chief executive of the Ridgeland-based group. The project will add “another piece to the Fondren ...

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Clinton taking steps toward becoming ‘smarter’

By JACK WEATHERLY Clinton is taking steps toward becoming a “smart city.” Mark Jones, director of communications for the city calls them “baby steps.” One is that the Hinds County city has put in an air-conditioning system with motion sensors in its police and justice building, according to Jones. The sensors help to determine peak activity so that the system ...

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Cantina Laredo: Mexican on the high end

By JACK WEATHERLY A Sunday brunch may not be the best test of a Mexican restaurant. But it was fair, I felt. So this is how we approached it at the Cantina Laredo, the new, airy eatery at the District at Eastover. Just to make sure that we had a benchmark order for basis of comparison, my wife ordered her ...

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Preleasing pumping life into District Lofts complex

By JACK WEATHERLY Driving past the District at Eastover motorists on Interstate 55 get a two-dimensional picture of the Lofts, which provides a backdrop for the mixed-used project. But the interior courtyards of The District Lofts cannot be seen from the interstate. They create the depth, “the third dimension,” of the six-story, 261-unit building. And preleasing, 77 units as of ...

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STUDENTS HIT THE ROAD — Four Hinds students will intern at Continental Tire’s Illinois plant this summer

By NASH NUNNERY On a bustling 900-acre site off of I-20 just west of Clinton, site work at the new Continental Tire plant is well under way. Actual construction on the plant will begin in January. But long before the tire producer opens its doors for production at the end of 2019, four Hinds Community College students are getting a ...

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Kajdan to be top chef at Westin Jackson hotel

By JACK WEATHERLY Matthew Kajdan will bring his culinary skills honed in top restaurants in the Jackson area and elsewhere to Estelle, the wine bar and bistro at the Westin hotel. He has been executive chef for five years at the Parlor Market at 115 West Capitol in downtown, within blocks of the 203-guest-room hotel at 315 Tombigbee St., which ...

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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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