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Home sales in central Mississippi down 4.5 percent

By JACK WEATHERLY House sales in the 10-county  Central Mississippi Multiple Listing System were down 4.5 percent in June from the previous year, primarily because of tight inventory, according to Central Mississippi Realtors. Consequently, the average sales price increased 2.1 percent, creating a market that slightly favors sellers. “Inventory remains extremely tight, but patience may pay off in coming months ...

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Witness says video key to prosecutor’s case wasn’t altered

A witness Wednesday refuting claims that someone tampered with a video recording key to a criminal case against the prosecutor in Mississippi’s largest county. Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith is charged with hindering prosecution and illegally advising a defendant. Video expert James Griffin testified that — contrary to Smith’s claims that someone altered a video of the defendant’s ...

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Rankin Co. school superintendent, board discuss bond issue

Officials with the Rankin County School District are hoping the second time will be the charm, with a bond issue slated for early March. Five years ago a $169.5 million bond issue was rejected. Fifteen years have passed since voters last approved a bond issue, with more than 80 percent signing off on a $69 million proposal. A final plan ...

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Brandon plan to build 8,500-seat amphitheater seen as entertainment magnet

By JACK WEATHERLY Brandon will build an amphitheater to catch concerts that have been bypassing metro Jackson for lack of a suitable outdoor venue. The Brandon Amphitheater will built on 250 acres owned by the city south of Interstate 20. Mayor Butch Lee said in an interview Tuesday that the $20 million development, which will include six ball fields initially, ...

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Sombra Mexican Kitchen to open in Flowood

  Nashville-based 4-Top Hospitality will open a Sombra Mexican Kitchen in Flowood in November, its second in metro Jackson. The second Sombra will follow one in Ridgeland’s Township, which opened four years ago. At 111 Market Street off Lakeland Drive, it will seat 225 and have a patio. A Cheddar’s was located there till it closed early this year. 4-Top ...

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State asks judge to dismiss suit over Jackson airport board

Mississippi officials are asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit that seeks to maintain the city of Jackson’s control over the state’s largest airport. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed a law in May to create a nine-member regional board, rather than a five-member city board, for Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport. Critics say creating a new board is a ...

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Horhn: Airport Authority hires lawyer in advance of airport control fight

By TED CARTER The Jackson Municipal Airport Authority has hired Phelps Dunbar lawyer Fred Banks Jr. to handle litigation that could arise over a possible state takeover of governance of Jackson’s airports, state Sen. John Horhn says. Neither Banks nor the Airport Authority would confirm the hiring. Horhn said the Airport Authority has retained the former Mississippi Supreme Court justice specifically ...

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Fight for control of Jackson airport set for takeoff

By TED CARTER What the State of Mississippi gives it can take away, state Sen. Josh Harkins insists in explaining his push to create a tri-county board to control Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport. With tens of thousands of people having moved out of Jackson to Rankin and Madison counties in recent decades, Jackson is not the suitable ruler for the ...

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

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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