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READY TO ROLL — House building on verge of breakout in Mississippi

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By JACK WEATHERLY  The housing market in the Jackson area and across the state is in the first phase of a rise in construction. Residential permits in Mississippi for one- and two-unit dwellings rose 15.7 percent for the first four months of 2015 compared with the corresponding period last year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau on Wednesday. Several factors ...

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John McLaurin named to chancery judge post

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BRANDON — Gov. Phil Bryant has appointed John McLaurin Jr. as Rankin County chancery judge. The Brandon attorney replaces the late Dan Fairly, who died in April. Bryant announced the appointment in a news release Wednesday. McLaurin holds a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Law. He has practiced law at McLaurin ...

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Permit for utility to build new wastewater plant approved

JACKSON — State regulators have approved a permit for the West Rankin Utility Authority to construct a new wastewater treatment plant over objections from the city of Jackson. The Clarion-Ledger the city of Jackson currently provides wastewater services to the West Rankin area. In return, the utility authority pays the city about $5 million a year. The city told the ...

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Rankin election leaders propose parties take on more duties

BRANDON — The Rankin County Election Commission is looking to share more duties of running primary elections in the county with party executive committees going forward. In an email to the county’s Republican and Democratic committee chairmen, the election commission proposed the parties take on more of the duties, including sending poll workers and managers to training, coordinating with the ...

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Calvert pays environmental fine, agrees to improvement plan

RICHLAND — A Rankin County company is paying a $9,034 civil fine and has agreed to spend at least $15,000 to install a solvent recovery system. The Calvert Co. agreed to pay the fine to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, which found the company wasn’t properly labeling, handling or inspecting hazardous waste. In its Nov. 25 order, the state ...

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Critics say Pearl out to eliminate mobile homes and apartments – not safeguard them

Pearl is taking dramatic — and some say unprecedented and unconstitutional – steps to rid the city of manufactured homes and to downsize existing apartment complexes. October brought requirements that manufactured home parks and rental complexes build community storm shelters able to accommodate all residents and withstand the force of a F-2 tornado. In addition, the City mandated apartment complexes ...

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CUBA — ¿si? or ¿no? Mississippi’s cigar lovers hold their breath

By Jack Weatherly Cuban cigars have become, for many Americans, the stuff that dreams are made of. That’s because the trade embargo imposed by the United States more than 50 years ago on the communist nation 90 miles off the coast of Florida has blocked legal sales in this country. Now President Obama has struck a match by re-establishing diplomatic ...

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Voters in Rankin County approve liquor sales on Ross Barnett Reservoir

RANKIN COUNTY — Residents have approved liquor sales at restaurants on the Rankin County side of the Ross Barnett Reservoir. Complete but unofficial returns show more than 80 percent of those voting yesterday approved the liquor sales. Eligible voters were residents who live on property owned by the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District and who were registered to vote. ...

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‘Proud to call it home’: Richland looks to grow community spirit

There are three faces of the Rankin County city of Richland, two of which are readily visible from U.S. Highway 49. In the north half of the city, its two industrial parks and the transportation/trucking-related businesses clustered around them are bustling, and the busy retail corridor in the heart of the city attracts not only travelers but customers from surrounding ...

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Neel-Schaffer opens office in Brandon

JACKSON, Mississippi – Neel-Schaffer, a Jackson-based planning and engineering firm, has opened an office in Brandon at 20 Eastgate Drive, Suite C. It will be managed by Brandon native Derick Milner. “We are excited to be serving the city of Brandon and assisting with their engineering needs out of our new Brandon office,” said Keith O’Keefe, PE, who manages the ...

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