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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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Big dollars at stake for Ridgeland in campaign to reduce apartments in city

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By TED CARTER A growing stack of legal bills seems not to have dimmed Ridgeland City Council’s enthusiasm for cutting way back on multi-family rental units within the city. Neither has the prospect for new costs that may arise from court losses that could include economic damages liability and liability for violations of the Fair Housing Act as well as pledges ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Conservative leadership, faith bind Taggart to Kasich


Andy Taggart’s commitment to chair Ohio Governor John Kasich’s presidential campaign in Mississippi should surprise no one. It’s a match made in … well, you’ll see.   Kasich has been described as a “brash, bare-knuckled” leader. Taggart served as chief-of-staff for Mississippi’s beloved brash, bare-knuckled governor, Kirk Fordice.   Kasich has strong credentials as an effective conservative leader (meaning he’s ...

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Madison County supervisors to hear new proposals for conference center


By TED CARTER The push for a conference center and privately funded hotel in Madison County has been mostly dormant the past 10 years. That could end Aug. 17 when the Board of Supervisors takes up a resolution to support a proposal from the county’s Economic Development Authority to explore a partnership with Holmes Community College for building a 63,000-square-foot center ...

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Madison Co., AT&T settle franchise fee dispute


CANTON — Madison County has settled their dispute with AT&T. The Clarion-Ledger reports AT&T wrote a check to Madison County to cover back franchise fees totaling about $85,000. County comptroller Shelton Vance says the franchise fees were part of an agreement between AT&T and the county of Madison, reimbursing the county for the use of county roads to provide U-verse ...

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Ole Miss earthquake expert explains Madison tremors


Although Mississippi residents are unaccustomed to earthquakes, such as the 3.2 magnitude earthquake that shook Madison County the morning of June 29, the state is no stranger to earthquakes, said Charles Swann, associate director for state programs at the Mississippi Mineral Resources Institute. Swann’s research on earthquakes at the MMRI shows that the state has a number of epicenters running ...

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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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A caution light for Pearl, Ridgeland on land-use?

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Supreme Court decision could be obstacle to cities’ efforts to redo rental property law By TED CARTER The May 14 Mississippi Supreme Court ruling in a Richland mobile home park case reinforces the belief that state and constitutional law protects non-conforming land uses, says the lawyer who won the case and others who watched it closely. The lawyers were not alone ...

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Ridgeland officials approve new police chief


RIDGELAND — Ridgeland police Lt. John Neal has been named chief of police. Mayor Gene McGee made the announcement Thursday in a news release. Neal will take over July 1 after the retirement of current Chief Randy Tyler. McGee says Neal has worked for the city for 26 years. Neal has served as an investigator and a public information officer, ...

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