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Health and safety conditions worsen in US-subsidized housing

In this city known for pre-Civil War mansions, a young mother shared a government-funded apartment with her three small children and a legion of cockroaches. They lurked in the medicine cabinet, under the refrigerator, behind a picture on the wall. The mother nudged a bedroom dresser and more roaches skittered away as her 2-year-old son stomped on them. It was ...

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Natchez paper manufacturer fined more than $300,000

NATCHEZ – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited von Drehle Corp. – a paper products manufacturer – for several workplace safety hazards that put employees at risk of injury at its facility in Natchez, Mississippi. The paper manufacturer faces $303,657 in penalties, including one for the maximum amount allowed by law. An OSHA inspection ...

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Bank to sell historic Mississippi home and inn at auction

A southwest Mississippi historic home and inn will be auctioned after a bank foreclosed.The Natchez Democrat reports the Dunleith Historic Inn will be auctioned Feb. 1. Owner Michael Worley filed for personal bankruptcy last year, citing $107 million in debts and $80 million in assets. The house is among the most recognized antebellum structures in Natchez. A federal judge recently ...

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Owners of fire-damaged building win approval for new roof

The owners of a historic Mississippi building which burned in a September fire have approval to put a new roof on the structure. The Natchez Democrat reports that the Natchez Preservation Commission has approved plans for a different roof than the red-tiled one that traditionally topped the Prentiss Club. The 113-year-old building, built to house a men’s club, was heavily ...

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Report: Mississippi city broke law in closed garbage talks

A hearing officer says a southwest Mississippi city government violated the state’s open meetings law in reviewing potential garbage collection contracts behind closed doors. The finding against the Natchez mayor and aldermen was released Friday. The board could face a $500 fine for the violation, but lawyer Leonard Van Slyke tells The Natchez Democrat that such fines are rare on first offense. ...

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Mississippi mayor says city needs development director

A Mississippi mayor says their city needs an economic development director to enhance its downtown area. Natchez Mayor Darryl Grennell and City Planner Riccardo Giani said Wednesday that a downtown development director could be the catalyst that moves the area forward. The Natchez Democrat reports downtown business owners have been calling for a director. The mayor says he plans to request that ...

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Rural hospital in north Mississippi sold to new owner

A rural hospital in the Mississippi Delta has been sold by one Tennessee company to another. Northwest Mississippi Medical Center, in Clarksdale, has 181 beds. Community Health Systems, Inc., based in Franklin, Tennessee, said in a news release that one of its subsidiaries completed the sale of the hospital Nov. 1 to Curea (CURE-a) Health, based in Clinton, Tennessee. Curea ...

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Hotel Vue names new food & beverage director

Charles Weber was recently name Food & Beverage Director for the Hotel Vue and The Pilot House Restaurant in Natchez. Weber has more than 30 years experience in the food and beverage industry. His primary responsibilities include overseeing all aspects of The Pilot House and catering functions for Hotel Vue.

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Biofuel company announces plans for Mississippi refinery

A British company aims to build a $300 million refinery in southwest Mississippi to turn wood into the equivalent of diesel or jet fuel. Velocys announced Friday that it signed an option for a 100-acre (40-hectare) site in Natchez. Chandler Russ of economic development agency Natchez Inc. says Velocys plans 40 refinery jobs averaging $100,000 yearly in pay and benefits, ...

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