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Mayor proposes using rainy day money for city's debt

TUPELO — Mayor Jason Shelton wants to use about $5 million from the city’s rainy day fund to pay off part of its $30 million in bonds. That could save up to $825,000 in interest over seven years, freeing up cash for big capital items such as fire trucks or tornado sirens, he told The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. Shelton ...

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Commission gives nod to micro-distillery proposal

NATCHEZ — Businessman Doug Charboneau has cleared the first hurdle to opening a micro-distillery in Natchez. The Natchez Democrat report the city Planning Commission recommended to the board of aldermen an ordinance amendment that would add micro-distillery and micro-winery to the definition of micro-brewery. Micro-breweries are currently allowed in the city. The board of aldermen has the final say. If ...

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Council votes to limit public comments at meetings

MERIDIAN — The Meridian City Council is tired of local residents using the public comment period to talk about anything they want. The Meridian Star reports the council voted 3-2 this week restrict public comments to items on its agenda. George Pugh, a Meridian native who currently resides in Marion, said unless there’s been “some sort of ruckus” in the ...

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Councilman says donation is legal, won't repay money

TUPELO — A city councilman, who is running for re-election, says he will not return a $250 donation from Waste Management Inc. because there was nothing illegal about it. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Tupelo Councilman Mike Bryan accepted a $250 contribution in February from Waste Management, which currently picks up trash for the city. With the contract expiring ...

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Council approves new beer/light wine ordinance

HATTIESBURG — Hattiesburg City Council has adopted an ordinance to open downtown streets to the sale and consumption of beer and light wine during special events. The ordinance allows retailers with a current permit to sell beer and light wine on downtown streets closed for special events such as HUBFEST and the fall and spring downtown Art Walks. The Hattiesburg ...

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Council rejects mayor's $10M bond issue for streets

JACKSON — The Jackson City Council has overwhelmingly rejected a $10-million bond issue for street repaving, a stinging rebuke of Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr.’s agenda in the waning months of his current term. Council members gave varying reasons for the measure’s defeat, but Budget Committee chairwoman Margaret Barrett-Simon blamed it on an unwillingness among members of council to compromise. The ...

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