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Public hearing to be held to discuss sale of Delta hospital

GREENWOOD — A hearing is scheduled for Sept. 13 to hear from the public on the possible sale of Greenwood Leflore Hospital. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports the hearing will begin at 5 p.m. at the Leflore County Civic Center in Greenwood. The hospital is jointly owned by Greenwood and Leflore County and is the area’s largest employer. It has made ...

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Council votes to accept previously rejected airport grant

TUPELO — The Tupelo City Council has unanimously approved acceptance of a $1.85 million federal grant for the Tupelo Regional Airport that the council had rejected last week. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the action came after a special meeting last night with airport officials, which included questions and expressions of concern about airport operations from council members. The ...

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City asks Justice Department to reject state redistricting plan

MORTON — The City of Morton has asked the Department of Justice to reject the redistricting plan for the Mississippi House of Representatives. The Scott County Times reports the board of aldermen acted this past week at the request of state Rep. Tom Miles, a Democrat from Forest. Miles has protested how the House districts were drawn because it cuts ...

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Mayor Davis: State auditor 'persecuting' him

SOUTHAVEN — A north Mississippi mayor under scrutiny for alleged questionable spending of city money says he’s being persecuted. Southaven Mayor Greg Davis testified yesterday in Hinds County Chancery Court, trying to convince a judge to block Mississippi Auditor Stacey Pickering from garnishing his paycheck. Judge Dewayne Thomas issued a temporary restraining order last week that prevents the auditor’s office ...

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Airport dispute could cost millions in federal funding

TUPELO — A dispute between the Tupelo City Council and the city’s Airport Authority could cost the city millions of dollars in federal funds and leave an already deteriorating former Army Aviation Support Facility in disrepair. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the council this week rejected a $1.85 million grant to upgrade the armory and other airport facilities because ...

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Officials budget for BancorpSouth Arena renovation

TUPELO — The BancorpSouth Arena in Tupelo could get a new look just in time for its 20th anniversary next year. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the local coliseum commission approved a budget that would pay $1.8 million to resurface the building’s exterior and freshen up the interior paint. The building would retain its exterior insulation finishing system but ...

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Errors, miscalculation lead to $1.5M budget shortfall

GAUTIER — After learning this week that Gautier will face a significant shortfall over the next several months, city leaders say tax increases will not be part of the solution. Interim city clerk Teresa Montgomery projected that the city can go into fiscal year 2013 with $493,200 in the general fund if money is transferred from other funds. But she ...

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Church still defiant as court hears congregation's appeal

HOLLY SPRINGS — A tiny Mississippi congregation is fighting a city’s attempt to ban churches from the town square, a move that the pastor said is aimed at preventing the church from taking up valuable space for shops and other businesses. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in the case Wednesday. The dispute involves a Holly Springs ...

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Mayor wants vote on proposed sports complex

VICKSBURG — Mayor Paul Winfield has resurrected his plan for a sports complex and wants to put it before the voters on the June 2013 ballot. The Vicksburg Post reports in a meeting last week on the budget for fiscal year 2012-13 fiscal year budget Winfield said he would introduce the issue to the three-member Board of Mayor and Aldermen ...

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Mayor's plan won't raise taxes, but increases spending

JACKSON — Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr.’s proposed budget won’t raise taxes or utility rates on residents in 2013, but promises a 50 percent increase in spending on projects that target the city’s crumbling infrastructure. If the Jackson City Council adopts the mayor’s recommendation, The Clarion-Ledger reports there will be no raises for city employees this year At the same ...

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