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Wednesday, April 1, 2020 6:10 PM
Gov. Tate Reeves issued a statewide shelter-in-place order that began at 5 p.m. Friday, April 3 and ends April 20.
  • Mandatory evacuations ordered in Ridgeland
    Mandatory evacuations due to anticipated flooding have been ordered by the city of Ridgeland
  • Mississippi spending higher percentage on administration than in the classroom
    Mississippi spent a higher percentage of public education monies outside the classroom and on administrative expenditures than almost every other state in the South in the last 10 years, according to a new report released today by State Auditor Shad White. The report also shows Mississippi spent a smaller portion of monies inside the classroom than most other southern states during the same time.
    Gov. Phil Bryant and executives from leading industrial supply company Fastenal recently celebrated the grand opening of the company's new distribution center in Madison County. The project, which was announced in June 2018, is an $11.5-million corporate investment and will create 60 jobs over the next three years. 
  • Requests for budgets up to $79.2 million
    New vehicles, uniforms, office furniture and equipment are just some of the requests being made by Madison County elected officials and department heads in proposed expenditures totalling $79.2 million for fiscal 2018.

    This fiscal year began with $80.1 million in expenditures, ballooned to $85 million and officials have dipped into reserves.
  • Ridgeland denies Dollar General
    RIDGELAND — City officials say the architectural review and a site plan for a proposed Dollar General on Highway 51 will have to undergo revisions on the entrance before they will approve the project.

    City officials voted 6-1 to deny the site plan and architectural review for a proposed Dollar General store on the grounds that it needed to implement a safer entrance to the store. Ward 5 Alderman Scott Jones was the lone “nay” vote in his last meeting as a city alderman.
  • CMU board reinstates fired CEO
    CANTON — The Canton Municipal Utilities Board of Commissioners voted on Friday to reinstate CEO Brian Finnegan and Staff Attorney LaToya Thompson following a hearing in federal court last Wednesday.

    The two were abruptly fired by the CMU Board in a 3-2 vote last Tuesday. General Counsel Lisa Ross was also terminated from the position and replaced with Mike Espy.
  • Sludge contract controversial as utility commissioner lobbies for Flowood firm
    A Canton Municipal Utilities commissioner apparently attempted to negotiate a sludge removal contract worth nearly $800,000 on behalf of a Flowood firm, according to an audio recording obtained by the Madison County Journal.

    Commissioner John Noble discussed with CMU’s staff attorney and then-chairman Silbrina Wright the possibility of rescinding a contract awarded on Aug. 5 to Denali of Arkansas.
  • Warnock new CMU engineer as ousted utility chairman alleges corruption
    CANTON — The former chairman of the Canton Municipal Utilities Board of Commissioners says corruption is afoot here in the county seat with a nearly $1 million annual sludge removal contract at the center of it all.

    Meanwhile, former County Engineer Rudy Warnock was hired by the CMU board on Aug. 16 to replace their engineer on the sludge removal contract and this week to be CMU’s sole engineering firm.
  • Massive tree falls on Madison home
    A massive tree has fallen on a Madison home.
  • 463 paving to begin tomorrow morning with intermittent lane closures
    A $3.5 million paving project on Mississippi 463 from Mississippi 22 to Mannsdale Road will begin at 9 a.m. on Thursday and continue into the fall, MDOT announced Wednesday evening.
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