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Jackson Mayor Lumumba dead at 66

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba died unexpectedly Tuesday at age 66. Jackson TV station WAPT Channel 16 reported about 6 p.m. that the Hinds County coroner had confirmed the mayor’s death. The Detroit native and Jackson lawyer and civic activist won election in June 2013, unseating Harvey Johnson in a runoff. Lumumba had been reported to have been suffering from an ...

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Consultants give convention hotel details after TCI doesn’t show

A public forum Jackson City Councilman Tony Yarber staged Nov. 17 to hear details on a planned convention center hotel deal “right from the horse’s mouth” fell short of that expectation when the city’s proposed partner did a no-show. Instead, the 50 or so people gathered at the Anderson United Methodist Church got some brief details on the financial arrangements ...

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As a formality, Jackson will seek convention hotel partnership proposals

Though the Jackson Redevelopment Authority doesn’t expect any takers, the authority’s board agreed Wednesday to a 15-day advertising period for a developer other than Transcontinental Realty Investments of Dallas to partner with the city on a convention headquarters hotel. The JRA board sees the action as a formality and a step toward moving a final deal between Transcontinental Realty and ...

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Jackson council likely to grant Occupiers 24/7 Smith Park permission

Occupy Jackson protesters may find the majority of Jackson City Council members receptive to giving them special permission to remain in Smith Park around the clock, thus ending the nightly migrations to the sidewalk on the west side of Congress Street. The Occupy Jackson group, entering its second month in the park, had planned to stay in the park overnight ...

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Jackson set to bet $40M from general fund on half ownership of convention center hotel

Jackson taxpayers could soon be on the hook for more than $40 million of a $94-million convention hotel. But the city, so far, cannot guarantee it’s making a sound investment. City officials have not done a feasibility study of a new hotel near the convention center. Instead, they are relying on a market study commissioned by development partner TCI Investments ...

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Senate OKs changes to Jackson special option sales tax legislation

By Ted Carter Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson overcame a key challenge Thursday in his quest to overhaul the city’s antiquated water and sewer system.The city’s sole legislative priority for the year – a bill amendment that would enable the city to bond major water and sewer upgrades through 2023 – received Senate approval by a 38-9 margin.Bill sponsor Sen. John ...

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Chamber’s new leader wants more proof on arena’s viability

Former chair Jonathan Lee had urged supporters to ignore the nay-sayers As Jackson Chamber of Commerce chair, Jonathan Lee urged supporters of an $80-million-plus downtown arena to “ignore those who say it can’t be done.” Lee called a Jackson arena an exercise in “expanding our realm of possibilities” and said no better bet could be made than one that Jackson ...

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