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Natchez seeks new proposals on railroad station renovations

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Natchez official are seeking more proposals for development of the former Mississippi River Valley Railroad Depot. The Natchez Democrat reports Alderwoman Sarah Carter Smith made the motion Tuesday, saying it was in response to public feedback she received about how the project was originally bid for and awarded to New Orleans hotelier Warren Reuther. Last year, the Board of Aldermen ...

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Natchez must make $600K convention center debt payment

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Natchez must make a $600,000 debt payment on July 1, but officials say cutting the check will not be a problem. The 2006 Convention Center Refund Bond will require the sizable payment for the city’s debt on the Natchez Convention Center. City Clerk Donnie Holloway tells The Natchez Democrat most of the funds are already in place, and the remainder ...

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Merit Health Natchez reduces its workforce by 5 percent

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Lower than expected patient volumes in the wake of the consolidation of its two Natchez facilities have prompted Merit Health Natchez to reduce its workforce. While organization did not release an official count of the affected workers, they said it amounted to 5 percent of the workforce. Merit Health Natchez Chief Executive Officer Robinson tells the Natchez Democrat the reduction ...

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Natchez aldermen to hear Eola Hotel appeal

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NATCHEZ — Developers of the former Eola Hotel building are expected to appear before the Natchez Board of Aldermen on Tuesday. Interim City Planner Riccardo Giani and the Natchez Planning Commission denied renovation plans for the first floor of the hotel last month. The developers, including the building’s owner, Robert Lubin, hope to renovate the historic hotel into upscale senior ...

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Financial audit for Natchez nearly 8 months overdue

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NATCHEZ — Natchez’s annual financial audit for the 2013-2014 fiscal year is nearly eight months overdue. The records for the 2013-2014 fiscal year didn’t reach independent auditor Deanne Tanksley’s office until Aug. 2015, The Natchez Democrat reported. Each year, the city is expected to send its financial records to Tanksley when the fiscal year ends in September. Assistant city clerk ...

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Lonely Planet names Natchez as the No. 2 destination in America

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Lonely Planet says, in America, only Philadelphia is a better place to visit than Natchez. The company known for its travel guides says in its Tuesday announcement that Natchez, at the beginning of the Natchez Trace parkway “is the state’s cycling and recreational jewel.” Some 668 antebellum homes pepper the oldest civilized settlement on the Mississippi River (beating New Orleans by two years). ...

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City of Natchez holds off on expanding convention center

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NATCHEZ — The Natchez Convention Center’s management company is trying to get the funding needed for the center’s expansion, which might require the city to restructure bonds and increase taxes. The Natchez Board of Aldermen voted Thursday to delay restructuring its bond payments for the convention center — and a possible increase to fund an expansion — until a later ...

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Natchez sales tax collections drop off

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NATCHEZ — Natchez sales tax collections dropped nearly 7 percent in August compared to 2014. But city officials say the drop may not be a reason to panic. Sales tax, a component of city revenue that in Natchez is highly linked to tourism, dropped to just under $447,000 in August 2015 from last year’s $479,000. City Clerk Donnie Holloway tells ...

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Merit Health Community campus in Natchez to close Nov. 11

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NATCHEZ — The Merit Health network is closing its community campus in Natchez next month. The Nov. 11 closure comes as Merit Health Natchez finalizes a planned consolidation of the Natchez hospital market. Officials said this week the last day any new patients will be admitted to the Merit Health Natchez – Community Campus will be Nov. 8. Starting Nov. ...

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Group shows interest in Natchez depot

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NATCHEZ — Natchez aldermen have signed a letter of intent that could put the renovation of the Broadway Street depot on a faster track. The Natchez Democrat reports the letter, presented by New Orleans Hotel Consultants President Warren Reuther, details interest in fully renovating the inside of the depot and later leasing the depot from the city after exterior renovations ...

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