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Tourism tax referendum set

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – The Board of Mayor and Aldermen have cleared the way for voters to once again cast a ballot for or against a tourism tax in Houston. On a motion by Ward 3 Alderman Frank Thomas and a second by Ward 4 Alderman Willie Mae McKinney, Houston aldermen voted […]

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EDITORIAL: Hot corners

  Having a corner location for your business, office or company has always been a smart way to make money. The concept is higher visibility and traffic-count make for more customers walking in your door. And every businessman knows you can’t make a sale until they find your business. In urban development circles they are […]

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Mississippi Legislature adjourns 2016 session

  JACKSON (AP) — The Mississippi Legislature has concluded its 2016 session. The House of Representatives adjourned for a final time Thursday after meeting briefly and disposing of a procedural block on one bill. That measure allows people in designated districts in certain places to carry alcoholic beverages outside the location it was served. In […]

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MAEP changes never materialize

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Efforts to make major revisions to the pivotal Mississippi Education Program, which provides the state’s share of the basic funding to operate local school districts, were unsuccessful during the rapidly ending 2016 session. Whether those efforts were unsuccessful because of a lack of will to make […]

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Hood unsure if he’ll sue Google

JACKSON (AP) – Mississippi’s attorney general says he doesn’t yet know whether he’ll go to court to force Google to comply with a subpoena or sue the Internet giant for violating state law. Democrat Jim Hood said Monday that he will evaluate the current practices of the unit of Alphabet Inc., saying he hopes the […]

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Ex-prisons chief co-defendant to withdraw plea

By Jeff Amy Associated Press JACKSON – A co-defendant of former Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps wants to withdraw his guilty plea in a bribery case, a lawyer said Monday. Epps had been scheduled for sentencing Monday after he pleaded guilty alongside Cecil McCrory to money laundering and filing false tax returns related to $1.47 […]

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CONSOLIDATION: The Commission

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal   HOUSTON – The following is a brief synopsis of The Commission on Chickasaw County Consolidated School District Structure as proposed by an amendment to House Bill 991.   WHO: The commission shall be composed of ten members. One commissioner will be appointed by the State Superintendent of Education and […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: Tis spring and a young man’s thoughts turn to . . . baseball?

    Pardon the twist on Bill Shakespeare’s famous line, but one of the joys of this business is bending the words of The Bard to fit my fancy. The other real joy of this business is getting to cover baseball in the spring. I’ve covered the Ole Miss Rebels in Memphis, the MSU Bulldogs […]

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Chickasaw districts get consolidation reprieve

    By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Chickasaw County school districts consolidation, which looked to be a certainty at one point during the 2016 legislative session, will be delayed until at least 2017. The House, by a 100-16 vote Wednesday, sent to Gov. Phil Bryant legislation to establish a 10-member Commission […]

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‘American Idol’ finale is all Mississippi

By Ray Van Dusen Monroe Journal Like celebrity judge Jennifer Lopez predicted weeks ago, Amory musician Trent Harmon will join fellow Mississippian La’Porsha Renae Thursday for the “American Idol” series finale. Dallas musician Dalton Rapattoni was eliminated. In a night of three songs to determine who will be named the last “American Idol” Wednesday, Harmon […]

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EDITORIAL: Getting ready for opportunity

Economic development has changed and is no longer the business where men in suits travel the country and the world visiting with industrialist seeking to lure them to our area. Today’s factory announcement comes after the company has carefully looked over a community without us knowing about it and then makes a phone call saying […]

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Chickasaw consolidation likely headed to study commission

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The merger of the three school districts in Chickasaw County will be delayed for at least a year under legislation that is pending before the House. In the coming days, the House can send the proposal to Gov. Phil Bryant or invite a conference committee with […]

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Mississippi House votes twice to enact statewide lottery

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The Mississippi House amended legislation Tuesday by an overwhelming vote to enact a statewide lottery. To enhance their commitment to the lottery, the House actually amended two consecutive bills to enact the lottery. “For 33 years I have served in the Legislature. Every now and then, […]

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Appointed superintendents bill heads to governor

By Emma Crawford Kent Daily Journal TUPELO – Eleven Northeast Mississippi superintendents are elected, but a bill on its way to Gov. Phil Bryant to be signed into law would change that. The bill, Senate Bill 2438, mandates that all school superintendents be appointed by their district’s school board. The majority of Mississippi school districts […]

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