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Madison Co., AT&T settle franchise fee dispute

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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

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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

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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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Madison County purchases old vo-tech building

CANTON — Madison County is paying $1.3 million for a 15-acre compound to house emergency management operations and local other services. The Madison County Journal reports is spending another $200,000 to fix up the buildings once used as a vocational-technical center by the Madison County School District. It also was used as the school district’s central office. County Administrator Mark ...

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(WITH VIDEO) ALAN TURNER: Madison County Business League & Foundation honors Rita Martinson

Over 350 business leaders, lawmakers, and officials attended the annual “League and Legislature” luncheon on February 27 at Jackson’s Old Capitol Inn. A key focus of the meeting was to honor Madison County State Representative Rita Martinson, who is retiring after serving for 24 years in the state House.  She was praised at the Madison County Business League & Foundation ...

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MDEQ lowers fine on county for silt, other violations

CANTON — State regulators have lowered to $6,500 a fine levied against Madison County officials for violations at the Sulphur Springs Park project. The Madison County Journal reports that the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality notified the county in January about problems at the site north of Canton and that a $20,000 fine was in order. Negotiations lead to a ...

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Judicial watchdog agency seeks suspension for Madison judge

JACKSON — A judicial watchdog commission is asking the Mississippi Supreme Court to suspend a Madison County judge recently arrested for simple assault on a vulnerable person. The Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance filed the petition Thursday with the court. The petition cites Justice Court Judge Bill Weisenberger for assaulting a mentally disabled African-American male at a flea market last ...

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