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Historic Spring Hill Cemetery getting new life

HERNANDO —  Spring Hill Cemetery was recently named to the National Register of Historical sites and officials are discussing how to continue with improvements to the grounds. “Your oaks are going to be Southern red and blackjack oaks,” said Chad Pope, an ecologist with the Strawberry Plains Audubon Center in Holly Springs. He recently went through a plant “checklist” with ...

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With disaster declaration, Cochran says drought needs 'careful monitoring'

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — With the U.S. Department of Agriculture issuing a drought disaster designation for north Mississippi, Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) said the expanding drought situation across the nation deserves careful monitoring. The USDA has notified Mississippi officials that four Mississippi counties — DeSoto, Panola, Tate and Tunica — have been granted primary natural disaster designations, with another six listed ...

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Jefferson Davis descendant named director of Beauvoir

BILOXI — The great-great-grandson of Jefferson Davis is now the director of Beauvoir, the last home of the president of the Confederacy. The Sun Herald reports Bertram Hayes-Davis accepted the keys to the Jefferson Davis Home and Presidential Library Wednesday. Former acting director Richard Forte Sr. will continue as chairman of the combined boards of directors and trustees. Beauvoir is ...

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Developer wants to build townhouses near Forks of the Road

NATCHEZ — A developer wants to construct townhomes on land located next to the Forks of the Road historic site. The Natchez Democrat reports the Planning Commission voted 5-2 in January to approve a site plan for the 26-unit affordable townhouse development. Charter Companies of Oxford is the developer. Alderman Ernest “Tony” Fields says he is working with developers to ...

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Delta city gets grants to renovate historic train station

GREENVILLE — The city of Greenville has received funds to refurbish the historic train depot. The Delta Democrat Times reports a grant of $400,000 came from the Mississippi Department of Transportation and a $135,000 grant came from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. Walley Morse, secretary of the Joint Greenville Washington County Historic Preservation Commission, says the building was ...

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New Orleans-based company buying bankrupt Monmouth

NATCHEZ — A New Orleans hotel management company is purchasing Monmouth, a historic plantation property. The Natchez Democrat reports New Orleans Hotel Consultants, a hotel management company, is taking over operations at Monmouth after United Mississippi Bank initiated foreclosure proceedings on the property Feb. 29. Warren Reuther, president of New Orleans Hotel Consultants, declined to say how much the property ...

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Councilmen mull what to do with historic structure

TUPELO — The clock is ticking on a proposal before the Tupelo City Council to move the historic Spain House to another location. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the city has six months to move Spain House before a two-year deadline expires and reopens the possibility of demolition. The century-old Spain House has served as a home, a funeral ...

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Farish Street Group getting $10.2M loan from JRA

JACKSON — Developers of the Farish Street Entertainment District have taken the first step toward securing money needed to finish construction on the first block of the $100 million project in downtown Jackson. Yesterday, the Jackson Redevelopment Authority approved a non-binding agreement with Farish Street Group for a $10.2 million loan. As collateral, developers would put up $11 million in ...

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Council offers tax exemptions to developers

HATTIESBURG — The Hattiesburg City Council has given prospective developers another incentive to invest in dilapidated downtown properties. During its final meeting of the year, the council changed guidelines for tax exemptions in Hattiesburg’s Historic Preservation and Central Business districts, The Hattiesburg American reported. Developers can now get a tax exemption for the entire increase in property value when an ...

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Owners of two historic tourist attractions file bankruptcy

NATCHEZ — An historic mansion and a tavern that has operate for decades in downtown Natchez have filed for bankruptcy protection from foreclosure. The Natchez Democrat reports both Monmouth Plantation and King’s Tavern remain open. Monmouth co-owner Ron Riches says the business filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy last week to avoid the foreclosure scheduled for this week. The Monmouth Plantation offers ...

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