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Ridgeland sets trial run toward becoming a ‘smart city’

By JACK WEATHERLY Traffic goes with growth. Ridgeland’s population has more than doubled since 1990 – reaching nearly 25,000 –while the Madison County’s estimated 2016 population likewise more than doubled in that period, hitting 105,000. And traffic drives much of the waking hours of government and civic leaders in the county. The population growth “has put a major strain on ...

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Justice denies expedited hearing of Costco case

By JACK WEATHERLY Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Robert P. Chamberlain has denied a motion by the city of Ridgeland to expedite the hearing of an appeal by homeowners challenging the legitimacy of a rezoning of property for the creation of a phase of the Renaissance at Colony Parkway. Madison County Circuit Court Judge John Emfinger ruled in April in favor ...

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New Ocean Springs development part of condo trend

By LISA MONTI The Thrash Group of Hattiesburg is basing its new all-inclusive condo community in Ocean Springs on similar developments thriving throughout the country. The Inlet will offer an upscale place to live along with a restaurant, shops, a clubhouse and resort-style pool, fitness center, dog park and water views with access to nature trails. “There isn’t one in ...

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Biloxi giving downtown icon a facelift

By JULIA MILLER Biloxi is hoping to give its downtown area a facelift, and it’s starting by restoring Saenger Theatre and Community Center to its former glory. Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich believes this project will be an economic boon to the area. He is so passionate about the project that he even held his recent swearing-in at the theater ...

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Nissan workers in Mississippi begin voting on union

Workers at Nissan Motor Co.’s Mississippi assembly plant cast ballots Thursday to decide whether to be represented by the United Auto Workers union. The voting by 3,700 assembly and maintenance workers began before dawn inside the plant. The National Labor Relations Board will accept ballots through 7 p.m. Friday. On one side are workers who say they need a union ...

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New member, officers elected to Mississippi Main Street Board of Directors

A new member and a new slate of executive officers have been elected to the Mississippi Main Street Association Board of Directors. Steven B. Dick, Economic Development Manager for Mississippi Power, was elected as a new member of the state board. As Economic Development Manager, Dick is responsible for providing growth opportunities through the location and expansion of business and ...

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As Mississippi vote nears, labor board says Nissan broke law

With a union election scheduled this week, the National Labor Relations Board is again charging that Nissan Motor Co. violated workers’ rights at its Mississippi plant. The board said Friday that a supervisor on March 30 threatened employees by saying they would lose money or the plant would close if workers supported unionization. The claim amends an earlier complaint. No ...

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