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Wednesday, October 19, 2016 6:00 PM
RIDGELAND —  Residents filled City Hall here Tuesday night to oppose tax increment financing (TIF) for a third phase of Renaissance at Colony Park, which includes a controversial Costco development.

Despite objections from nearby landowners, the city board voted 4-3 to approve. Aldermen Chuck Gautier, Scott Jones, Kevin Holder and Wesley Hamlin voted in favor of the TIF. Alderman-at-Large D.I. Smith, Ward 1 Alderman Ken Heard and Ward 4 Alderman Brian Ramsey voted against.
  • A student was arrested with a fire arm at Madison Central

    A student was arrested after it was found he had a gun in his backpack at Madison Central High School this morning shortly after the first bell rang.

    The student was charged with possession of a firearm by a minor on school property and was transported to the Yazoo County Detention Center. A date will be set for him to appear in Madison County Youth Court at a later date.

  • Madison growth exploding again
    MADISON — City officials approved a host of site plans Tuesday that allow for more residential and commercial developments here.

    A site plan was approved for The Forum at Grandview Phase 3B, which officials said would add four new commercial businesses, two of which are unnamed restaurants.
  • Lack of rain cited in CMU emergency repair work
    CANTON — An emergency sewer declaration was made two weeks ago, Canton Municipal Utilities officials said, in part because of the current drought that allows for quicker repairs.

    CMU General Counsel Mike Espy read a letter from Engineer Rudy Warnock during Tuesday’s board meeting where Warnock explained that an emergency declaration allows them to take advantage of no rain so they can find and repair parts of the line that are not functioning properly.
  • Police partner with MAUE
    MADISON — Residents and parents of students at Madison Avenue Upper Elementary School may see an increase police presence now thru Oct. 27, but there should be no cause for alarm, school officials said.
  • Soft Surroundings opens new store at Renaissance
    RIDGELAND — A luxury lifestyle brand is opening its first Mississippi retail store at Renaissance at Colony Park here and is celebrating with a grand opening on Friday.

    Soft Surroundings is a store that markets itself as a luxury brand catering to “busy women of all ages.”
  • Robinson Springs Road work delayed by designs
    Madison County supervisors decided to give former County Engineer Rudy Warnock another two weeks to finalize State Aid road plans for Robinson Springs Road before re-designing them altogether.

    New State Aid Engineer Jim Hust said on Sept. 19 Warnock, who was working on the plans prior to being replaced in January by a new board, submitted plans to the Mississippi Department of Transportation.
  • 20-year-old killed in I-55 accident near Madison
    MADISON — A 20-year-old Jackson man was killed Tuesday in a motor vehicle accident on I-55 near the Highway 463 exit here.

    The driver was identified as Devon Mannery.
  • Jackson man sentenced to 45 years for assault
    A Jackson man who pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and burglary of a home in Ridgeland earlier this year was sentenced to 45 years in prison last week.

    Dexter Maurice Gilmore, 43, confessed to authorities he was responsible for attacking a woman he had a former relationship with after the pair met at work.
  • The former planning and zoning director for the city of Jackson has been named the new P&Z director for Madison County.

    Carl Allen will step into the job Nov. 1 as part of a P&Z shakeup by supervisors earlier this year.

    Allen said he looked forward to working with the county.
  • County reviewing cell phone policy
    Madison County officials will consider a new policy at their first meeting in November with regard to county-owned cell phones and replacements after one employee broke his phone three times in the last six weeks.
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