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Watkins frustrated but hopeful amid Farish Street strife

» Developer says he’s optimistic ‘city leadership and new mayor are going to get to the bottom of this.’ Though the first downtown block of Farish Street to its corner at East Griffith can be walked in a minute or so, the longest tape measure might not cover the distance between views of the main players on why the redevelopment ...

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Displaced Farish St. developer says project 'basis' gives him edge in JRA fight

» David Watkins alleges Jackson Redevelopment Authority secretly recruited Farish Group minor partners to persuade Yates Co. to take over project The 2008 effort to rescue the bankrupt Farish Street redevelopment project led Jackson’s civic and government leaders to the doorstep of David Watkins, a local lawyer turned developer who was drawing acclaim for putting together an $89 million salvage ...

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Virtual medicine — MGCCC opens Healthcare Simulation Center to public

One of Mississippi’s community colleges has opened a new health care education facility on the Gulf Coast that officials hope will not only add to students’ education, but also assist in workforce development and better patient outcomes. On Oct. 11, the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC) cut the ribbon on its new Healthcare Simulation Center, housed in MGCCC’s Advanced ...

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U.S. 80 corridor proponents hang onto hope for revival after massive land use changes

» City says framework is in place but business group says deterioration continues Proclaimed a top revival candidate by Harvey Johnson in his recent Jackson mayoral term, the U.S. Highway 80 corridor stretching from the Pearl River to Clinton underwent extensive land-use changes before Johnson left office. Johnson aimed his effort at creating a master zoning plan that would eventually ...

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Banished from Farish St., Watkins named chair of Downtown Jackson Partners

JACKSON, Mississippi — Fresh off getting the boot from Jackson’s Farish Street redevelopment project, developer David Watkins took over the chairmanship of Downtown Jackson Partners Wednesday. Watkins, principal of Watkins Development and rescuer of the King Edward Hotel and Standard Life Building, succeeds Trustmark Bank’s Harry Walker as chair of the public-private agency that oversees downtown’s Business Improvement District and ...

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USA International Ballet kicks off in June in Jackson

JACKSON — Top young dancers from around the globe will perform next June during the festival of dance, also known as the 2014 USA International Ballet Competition. USA IBC will celebrate 35 years in Jackson during the two-week event that begins June 14, 2014. USA IBC Executive director Sue Lobrano said organizers expect between 30,000 and 40,000 to attend some ...

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Head of health plans group says legislative momentum growing for state control of insurance exchange

CLINTON — The CEO of the Mississippi Association of Health Plans says it is likely that state lawmakers will try to shift Mississippi’s health insurance exchange away from federal control to state control within a year. Jeff Drozda, who served in the Indiana Senate for a half dozen years and is a former lobbyist for United Healthcare, said momentum is ...

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Seller says Metrocenter in black, offers buyers huge upside at $6.5M

 » Mall’s 40 percent occupancy pays the bills, leaving remaining space as profit generators. Overby Co. says After foreclosing on the 35-year-old Metrocenter Mall last year, First Credit Bank of Los Angeles bankrolled a cleanup and fix up of Metrocenter’s 548,000 square-foot interior and put the space on the market for $6.5 million. Jackson commercial real estate firm the Overby ...

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Mississippi chooses former D.C. schools administrator Carey Wright as superintendent of education.

JEFF AMY, Associated Press   JACKSON, Mississippi — Mississippi’s state Board of Education has chosen former Washington., D.C., schools administrator Carey Wright as superintendent of education. A person with direct knowledge of her selection told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the appointment had not yet been formally announced. Wright was the only woman among five finalists who ...

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