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Aldermen extend tax-abatement ordinance

OCEAN SPRINGS — The Ocean Springs Board of Aldermen has unanimously decided to extend the city’s tax-abatement ordinance until June 30, 2013. The ordinance provides an incentive for businesses to develop along portions of U.S. 90 and in downtown. The board also directed the city’s Planning Commission to identify additional locations where the tax abatement might serve useful. Alderman John ...

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Coast city says proposed bypass would kill it

KILN — A proposal to make Mississippi 43 a limited-access, four-lane thoroughfare, connecting Interstate 10 just south of Kiln with Interstate 59 near Picayune and Carriere is facing opposition. Merchants say the proposal, if approved, would kill Kiln stone dead. What the Mississippi Department of Transportation wants is a straight shot from the Gulf Coast that could be used as ...

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City awards plant project to Tyler Construction

PHILADELPHIA — A Philadelphia construction company has been given an $851,000 contract to renovate the former U.S. Motors facility to accommodate AlphaGen Materials, a manufacturer of polymer ceramic coatings. The Neshoba Democrat reports Tyler Construction Group of Philadelphia will renovate the city-owned building for AlphaGen, which plans to hire 200 workers later this year. The company has begun moving heavy ...

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Hood urges city to drop Nissan lawsuit

CANTON — The state Attorney General’s Office has asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the City of Canton against Nissan of North America Inc. The Clarion-Ledger reports that the Attorney General’s Office says in its motion that state law prohibiting Canton from annexing the nearby Nissan plant does not violate the state constitution. “Roughly 10 years ...

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Council approves loan guarantee for zoo on heels of study

JACKSON — The Jackson City Council has approved a measure to guarantee a loan of $800,000 for the city’s zoo to help pay for roughly $880,000 in debt. The loan, which will be taken out of city funding to the zoo for the next eight years, eases zoo management’s effort to maintain accreditation by the prestigious Association of Zoos and ...

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City officials pushing tourism tax vote

MCCOMB — The City of McComb will include a notice in local water bills this month to remind voters of the tourism tax election on July 19. The Enterprise-Journal reports Mayor Whitney Rawlings hopes the proceeds of the motel tax can be used to complete the McComb Sports Park. A three-fifths majority vote — 60 percent — is required for ...

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City looking to resume public transit system

STARKVILLE — The City of Starkville is looking at reviving its public transit system. The Commercial Dispatch reports the target date for getting the system operating is January 2013. The system would service city residents and Mississippi State University. Officials say a 10-member committee is collecting data for a grant application, which will be submitted to the Mississippi Department of ...

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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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Isle of Capri closing costs city six-digit loss

NATCHEZ — After crunching the numbers, the Natchez city clerk says the city lost approximately $106,000 in gaming revenues during the 41 days the Isle of Capri casino was closed for flooding. City Clerk Donnie Holloway reported the amount at a meeting of the Natchez Board of Aldermen. The actual losses are $16,000 less than previously predicted by Holloway. [ITAL]The ...

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City approves TIF bond for Margaritaville streets

BILOXI — City streets leading to the new Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Casino & Restaurant in East Biloxi will be improved with a Tax Increment Financing bond. The Biloxi Council voted to allow up to $1.65 million in TIF bonds for the project. The money will be used by the developer to install turn lanes on Oak Street and Fifth Street ...

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