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Indictment: Downtown Jackson leader stole and misused money

An indictment says the head of a downtown Jackson development group misused money in an investigation that has also led to two high-ranking employees of the Mississippi Audit Department being charged with hindering prosecution. Ben Allen, executive director of Downtown Jackson Partners, was charged with stealing nearly $55,000 of the nonprofit group’s money and misusing another $190,000 in a 10-count ...

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MDA to lead delegation to trade conference

MBJ staff The Mississippi Development Authority will lead business leaders and economic development professionals at the ninth annual Southeastern U.S.-Canadian Provinces Alliance Conference May 25-27 in Nashville, Tenn. “Canada is Mississippi’s top trade partner. Through that partnership, we share strong economic, cultural and social ties,” MDA Executive Director Glenn McCullough Jr. said in a news release. Grant assistance is available ...

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Air service flying out of Tupelo airport gets name

TUPELO — The company that will be providing air service between Tupelo and Nashville has picked a name and plans to reveal more details of that service later this month. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Corporate Flight Management will be flying its nine-passenger, twin-engine Jetstream planes via its new brand, Contour Airlines, a move that received approval from the ...

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Developer selected for Jackson convention hotel has crucial tests ahead

By TED CARTER Marietta, Ga., real estate development firm Engineering Design Technologies has emerged as preferred developer for a convention center hotel but its proposal is entering a critical phase that previous hotel proposals have failed to survive. In recent years proposals from Dallas’s Transcontinental Realty International and Tampa’s Robinson Callen died after the Jackson Redevelopment Authority made them the top ...

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Bill to prevent extensions on retail center tax rebates fails

By TED CARTER Sen. David Blount is not giving up after failing to kill an extension of tax rebate eligibility for shopping centers deemed cultural or visitor attractions. Two of the five retail centers approved for the sales tax rebates have not begun construction but remain eligible for four-year extensions. A fourth project, Flowood’s Pinelands Lifestyle Center, received an extension in ...

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Grammy Museum set to open in Mississippi Delta

The second and only official Grammy Museum outside of Los Angeles opens Saturday in the Mississippi Delta, cradle of the blues. Organizers chose Cleveland, Mississippi — two hours north of the state capitol Jackson — for the nearly $20 million project and promise one of the most advanced museums in the country. It’s a smaller but updated version of its ...

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