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Audit finds 'concern' with county's administration

HINDS COUNTY — Hinds County’s finances in fiscal 2010 reflect numerous areas of concern with how the county conducts business. That’s according to a private examination ordered by the state Auditor’s Office. State Auditor Stacey Pickering noted the county ended the year with a $2-million deficit in its general fund and has routinely done interest rate swaps to ease the ...

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Supervisors OK jail construction contract

HERNANDO — The DeSoto County Board of Supervisors has approved a contract for construction of a new county jail. The Commercial Appeal reports supervisors voted 3-2 yesterday for the contract with Oklahoma-based Flintco, which submitted a $13.8-million construction bid. There were at least two unsuccessful Mississippi bidders: Murphy & Sons of Southaven, which bid $13.6 million; and Panola Construction, at ...

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Hospitals, supervisors enter leasing agreement

HATTIESBURG and PRENTISS — Forrest General Hospital of Hattiesburg is entering into a lease agreement with the board of Jefferson Davis Community Hospital and Extended Care Facility in Prentiss. The lease agreement includes operating Jefferson Davis Community Hospital, a 25-bed critical access hospital; Jefferson Davis Community Hospital Extended Care Facility, a 60-bed nursing home/extended care facility; Jefferson Davis Community Hospital ...

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Airport reports increase in private revenue

HATTIESBURG — The planes haven’t been the only thing soaring lately for the Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport. The modest aviation hub is projecting an increase in its total private revenue stream between fiscal year 2011 and 2012. And that will mean a $40,000 decrease in the amount of revenue supplements airport officials will ask Forrest and Jones counties supervisors to allocate ...

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FEMA to reimburse county for debris cleanup

MONROE COUNTY — Monroe County may be the first tornado-ravaged county to settle up with FEMA for costs related to the April 27 storms. County administrator Sonny Clay tells WCBI-TV that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has signed off on debris cleanup in Smithville, Wren and other areas. All that’s left is some mop-up work by local crews. Clay ...

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Bidders on jail project question selection process

DESOTO COUNTY — Two losing bidders on a contract to build a new jail in DeSoto County contend the bidding process was unfair. The board of supervisors Monday received the final draft of the contract with Oklahoma-based Flintco. The company submitted a $13.8-million construction bid. Supervisors said they will consider it at the supervisors’ next meeting July 5. Flintco’s bid ...

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County gives tax exemption to GE Aviation

BATESVILLE — The Panola County Board of Supervisors has approved a 10-year tax exemption for machinery and equipment and a separate tax exemption for inventory for GE Aviation. The three-year-old GE Aviation plant in Batesville is set to employ 500 workers by 2013. Officials tell The Panolian that the tax exemptions will save GE Aviation about $289,800 annually. Bill Bryant, ...

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Officials hope to close hospital sale next month

OXFORD — The City of Oxford, Lafayette County and Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. hope finalize the sale of the local hospital to Baptist by July 31. The Oxford Eagle reports that the sale will allow Baptist to get paperwork filed with the Mississippi Department of Health, which must approve construction of a new hospital. Memphis, Tenn.-based Baptist Memorial Health ...

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Ex-supervisor gets time for Katrina-related bribery

HATTIESBURG — A federal judge has sentenced former Greene County Supervisor Earnest Holder to 6-1/2 years in prison for a bribery conviction. U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett sentenced Holder yesterday in Hattiesburg. Holder was convicted in April of bribery, conspiracy to commit bribery, perjury before a grand jury and tax evasion. The Hattiesburg American reports the charges were related to ...

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County approves loan for steel plant upgrades

LOWNDES COUNTY — Lowndes County has approved a $250,000 loan for Mississippi Steel Processing and New Process Steel to continue infrastructure improvements at the county’s industrial park. The county received a Community Development Block Grant from the Mississippi Development Authority for roads, water, sewer and rail projects. The $250,000 will be borrowed from the state to continue the work. It ...

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