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Bland pushing for ExpressJet as new airline for Meridian

MERIDIAN — Meridian Mayor Percy Bland wants Georgia-based ExpressJet to be the new air carrier for Meridian Regional Airport. The recommendation now goes to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Bland was assisted in his selection by a panel of seven community members who studied the proposals. ExpressJet was one of two airlines to submit bids for Meridian’s air service. Silver ...

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Historic COFO building demolished due to structural problems

MERIDIAN — A building in Meridian that once served as a gathering point for those working to register blacks to vote and planning of civil rights activities in East Mississippi in the 1960s has been torn down. The Meridian Historic Preservation Commission and property owners authorized the demolition because of severe structural problems. It was demolished over the weekend. It ...

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Council, mayor at odds over temporary workers

MERIDIAN — The Meridian City Council and Mayor Percy Bland don’t see eye-to-eye on the issue of temporary employees who have been on the payroll for years or even decades. “This is not a problem that just happened after July 1 of 2013. This administration will deal with the problem, but these are not issues that have just come about ...

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City council trims department heads' pay

MERIDIAN — The City Council has voted to cut the salaries of some department heads. Mayor Percy Bland, who was elected in June, replaced some department heads and kept others. In doing so, he set higher pay for directors of community development, homeland security and the chief of police. The chief administrative officer’s salary was cut, as was the salary ...

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Noose hung at Meridian mayoral candidate's office

Noose hung at Meridian mayoral candidate’s office MERIDIAN — Someone hung a noose with a stuffed animal outside the office a Meridian mayoral candidate. Meridian police say they found a hooded baby blanket with a stuffed dog’s head hanging by a noose Thursday morning. It was outside the insurance office of Percy Bland, a Democratic candidate for mayor. Bland is ...

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