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City, county earn better fire insurance rating

MONTICELLO and LAWRENCE COUNTY — Monticello and Lawrence County have achieved new fire insurance ratings. Officials tell the Daily Leader the city has new rating of six and the county had an eight. The ratings came from the state. Monticello Fire Department Capt. Jared Evans says a class six rating will lower insurance costs to businesses and homes. Previously, the ...

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Aldermen amend city's zoning ordinance to foster construction

PETAL — The Petal Board of Aldermen has voted to amend the official zoning ordinance for the city, hoping to make it easier for building in the city. Mayor Hal Marx said the goal is to make it easier for people to go through the approval process and cut fees. The Hattiesburg American reports one change would relax the 1,400-square-foot ...

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Jefferson found guilty of embezzlement, obstruction, witness intimidation

GREENVILLE — A federal jury has convicted the director of a housing organization on charges of intimidating witnesses in a federal investigation. >> READ MORE ON THIS STORY … WABG-TV reports South Delta Regional Housing Authority director Ann Jefferson was convicted yesterday in federal court in Greenville. No sentencing date has been set. U.S. Attorney Felicia Adams says Jefferson was ...

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FNC Inc. index: U.S. home prices declined in December

OXFORD — FNC Inc.’s latest Residential Price Index (RPI) indicates U.S. residential property values declined in December amid signs of continued improvement in the job market and economic growth. With sales of distressed properties comprising a large portion of overall home sales, prices on non-distressed sales continued to reflect the downward pressure distressed sales have on underlying property values. December ...

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FBI issues alert on federal grant scam

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The FBI has warned Mississippi residents of a telephone scam that claims the person is eligible for a $5,000 to $10,000 grant from the Grants Department of the federal government. It supposedly can be used for home or residential purposes. The FBI says in a statement that a claim code containing two letters and three numbers is ...

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Housing director's kickback/retaliation trial rescheduled for February

GREENVILLE — A housing agency director has received a month’s delay before she stands trial for allegedly taking kickbacks from a contractor and retaliating against a witness. Ann “A.J.” Jefferson’s trial was moved from today to Feb. 29, The Delta Democrat Times reported. Defense attorneys asked for the delay because of unspecified conflicts of counsel. Prosecutors did not object. The ...

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Tax assessor asking for help for property reappraisals

VICKSBURG — Warren County Tax Assessor Angela Brown wants to bring in some outside help to work on property reappraisal. The Vicksburg Post reports Brown, who was elected in November, told supervisors that she needed the help to reappraise a quarter of Warren County’s real property the next four years. Brown asked supervisors to hire Louisville-based appraiser Wes Kight and ...

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Report: State's foreclosure rate fell in 2011

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The pace of home foreclosures in Mississippi slowed substantially in 2011, following a national trend that may soon be reversed, a national foreclosure tracking firm said yesterday. Irvine, Calif.-based RealtyTrac said that in 2011, 3,172 homes in the state were hit by some sort of foreclosure action. Those range from an initial notice of default to repossession ...

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Contractor admits guilt to aiding, abetting embezzlement

OXFORD — A building contractor pleaded guilty yesterday to participating in a kickback scheme involving the South Delta Regional Housing Authority, which promotes affordable housing for the poor in the impoverished Mississippi Delta. Court records show Jimmy Johnson pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Oxford to aiding and abetting embezzlement. Johnson and housing agency director Ann Jefferson were indicted ...

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City may have to reimburse $300K to HUD

JACKSON — Mississippi’s capital city may have to reimburse more than $300,000 to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development over lax oversight that led to the misuse of more than $1 million in federal grants over several years. The reimbursement may be necessary for Jackson to get $1.15 million in housing funding restored. The Clarion-Ledger obtained a HUD ...

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