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Natchez aldermen to hear Eola Hotel appeal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Dispute over Medicaid payments kicked back to chancery court

JACKSON — A long legal battle between the Mississippi Division of Medicaid and a dozen hospitals is headed back to chancery court. The dispute is about payments Medicaid made to the hospitals for outpatient services in 2001. Medicaid said in 2010 that it had mistakenly overpaid hospitals nine years earlier because it used an outdated payment formula. The hospitals, in ...

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Isle of Capri casino seeks to reduce boat value

NATCHEZ — Representatives from the Isle of Capri casino have asked the Adams County Board of Supervisors for a reduction of approximately $4.3 million in the assessed value of the casino’s dockside boat. The Natchez Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/1E0a5nU) the casino’s representative at the tax assessment objection hearing, Brian Brandstetter of Property Tax Service of Dallas, said the company agreed with ...

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Isle of Capri Casinos announces closure of Natchez casino

NATCHEZ — Isle of Capri Casinos has announced it is closing its casino in Natchez, one of the oldest gambling houses in Mississippi. St. Louis-based Isle of Capri has owned the Natchez property, a dockside casino with 520 slot machines and six table games, since 2000. The company says in a news release Tuesday it has agreed to sell its ...

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