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Jackson mayor declares infrastructure emergency

JACKSON — Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber has signed an emergency declaration for Jackson’s infrastructure system. Thursday’s state of emergency declaration allows leeway in the bidding process with purchasing, engineering and other work and may lead to an influx of federal funds to assist with repairs. Yarber met with Gov. Phil Bryant and representatives of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality ...

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$2 million makeover for Jackson’s Smith Park in conceptual stage

A vision for the first revamp of downtown Jackson’s Smith Park in more than 40 years is taking shape. A project committee of downtown business leaders hope to raise private money to secure a contribution from state government for a $2 million redo that involves opening up the 2.4-acre park’s visibility and access, building a new bandstand and eliminating water ...

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Legal action possible on $90 million Siemens contract

JACKSON — Jackson city council members have questioned a city attorney about the possibility of terminating the $90 million Siemens contract the city executed in 2012 and retrieving much of the $70 million already paid. Leaders also said that they are looking into possible legal action after the latest problem caused by the contract. The Clarion-Ledger reports neither Mayor Tony ...

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Rethinking Farish Street — Mayor, Jackson city council want to take over redevelopment effort

Jackson’s mayor and City Council say they want to begin calling the shots on redeveloping downtown’s Farish Street. Voicing frustration last week with the years of starts, stops and legal entanglements that have marked the Jackson Redevelopment Authority’s handling of the now-dead redevelopment, Mayor Tony Yarber and the council say they want the entire project “rethought.” And they want to ...

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City of Jackson, C Spire look to boost signup for Fiber to the Home service

JACKSON and RIDGELAND — The city of Jackson is upping its bid to bring 1 Gbps (Gigabit per second) Fiber to the Home broadband Internet access from C Spire. Yesterday, municipal leaders and C Spire executives unveiled plans at a Convention Center news conference that promise to boost efforts to qualify more of the city’s neighborhoods sooner for C Spire’s ...

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Jackson to get C Spire's high-speed internet

Special to the MBJ Jackson municipal leaders and C Spire executives announced an agreement today help Jackson become one of nation’s most technologically advanced cities by offering residents ultra-high speed 1 Gbps (Gigabit per second) Fiber to the Home broadband Internet access. The Ridgeland-based telecommunications and technology services firm built relationships with nine other Mississippi cities last November to provide ...

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City leaders craft cost-cutting budget with no tax increase

JACKSON — Mayor Tony Yarber and his team have devised a financial plan that he says will reduce city of Jackson spending by $110 million without any tax hike. Yarber outlined about his proposed budget with city council members yesterday. The budget is nearly a 22 percent decrease from fiscal year 2014. The total budget is $392.5 million for the ...

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Baseball stadium for Farish Street? It’s possible

JACKSON, Mississippi — The City of Jackson, Jackson State University and Tim Bennett, owner of Overtime Sports, may begin talks in the next few weeks on the feasibility of building a baseball stadium for JSU in the Historic Farish Street District. “This is just in the observation stages,” said Bennett, who was the force behind moving the Mississippi Braves to ...

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