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Opportunity to assess direction of Jackson Redevelopment Authority

The Jackson Redevelopment Authority is again searching for a new director. The departure of Jason Brookins after a nearly three-year stint may slow some of the redevelopment projects in the agency’s pipeline. At the same time, the coming change in leadership is an opportunity for Jackson to assess the work of the quasi-public agency, its decision-making and its transparency. The ...

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OPINION: Saggy brains support saggy pants ordinances

Saltillo’s board of aldermen, last week, became the latest group of intellectual giants to approve a ban on wearing saggy pants in public. The unanimous vote came just a few weeks after the Columbus  city council voted 4-2 to give initial approval of a new ordinance against “sagging” or below-the-waist pants. The Saltillo vote also comes just two weeks after ...

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Mississippi legislative committee deadline sorts out winners, losers

The recent legislative committee deadline proved at least one thing: There are varying degrees of “alive” at the Capitol. For most of the past few sessions, Derrick Surrette and officials at the Mississippi Association of Supervisors have pushed for language clarifying rules tax assessors follow when calculating ad valorem tax bills for Section 42 housing developments, or what is commonly ...

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Waller eulogized as transformative Miss. governor

JACKSON — Former Mississippi Gov. William Waller Sr. was remembered Saturday as a transformative figure who helped the state move beyond its segregationist politics during his tenure from 1972 to 1976. More than 1,000 people attended Waller’s funeral at First Baptist Church in downtown Jackson. Hundreds more streamed through the Capitol rotunda earlier in the day, where his open casket, ...

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County spending data now online at SeetheSpending.org

Policy group puts data online for citizens; may sue Hinds County JACKSON – Mississippians can now see the details of spending decisions made by 62 of the state’s 82 counties at SeeTheSpending.org in an easily searchable format. “People are frustrated with the direction of government, and they feel helpless to do anything about it,” said Forest Thigpen, president of the ...

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Hinds Co. seeks federal funds to redevelop US 80

JACKSON — Hinds County is applying for a $400,000 grant from the federal government to help redevelop the U.S. 80 and Mississippi 18 corridors. The money from the Environmental Protection agency would assist crews in identifying land along the highways that is contaminated by industrial waste or other toxic matter. Blake Wallace, executive director of the Hinds County Economic Development ...

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Supervisors fire county administrator

JACKSON — Hinds County’s Board of Supervisors is searching for a new administrator after firing Vern Gavin. The five-member board voted 3-2 behind closed doors March 1 to remove Gavin, who has managed the day-to-day operations of county government since March 2008. Supervisor Peggy Calhoun who, along with Board president Robert Graham and vice president Doug Anderson, supported the move, ...

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