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April 26th, 2013

Christensen: Community 'forward thinking'

April 26, 2013

Some state lawmakers raised concerns about whether the usual benefits from new industry would be seen in West Point.
Mississippi Development Authority Executive Director Brent Christensen addressed those concerns during a question and answer session after he briefed Finance Committee members on the Yokohama Tire Company project set to land in West Point.
Christensen said that West Point and Clay County has already worked out how any taxes would flow throughout the county, prior to talk of a project.

MDA: Legislation is a dealmaker

April 26, 2013

Mississippi Development Authority Executive Director Brent Christensen spoke to the Senate Finance Committee moments ago regarding details ton the Yokohama Tire Corporation plant that is set to land in Clay County.
Christensen confirmed that the total package that is before legislators today is worth $130 million. $70 million is requested up front as an investment in the plant that includes a land purchase worth $9.5 million for 1,121 acres at Clay County's Prairie Belt Powersite.

Higgins: Clay beat out 3,000 Southeastern Counties to land Yokohama project

April 26, 2013

West Point and Clay County have something to cheer about today.
State legislators are on the cusp of approving an incentives package that would bring a Yokohama Tire manufacturing facility to the county's megasite that was unveiled on October 31, 2012.
Golden Triangle Development LINK CEO Joe Max Higgins says that this project began shortly after the site was revealed to the public.

BRREAKING: Yokohama Tires set to produce in West Point

April 26, 2013

Sources with knowledge of a proposed industrial project in West Point have confirmed that Yokohama Rubber Company, a tire manufacturer from Japan, has chosen Clay County as a project site.
This morning, state legislators are filing into the Capitol Building in Jackson to vote on an incentives package so that the project may move forward.
Clay County beat out 3,000 counties in the Southeast, and the project is set to bring 500 jobs in the initial phase. The multi-phase project is said to possibly implicate as many as 2,000 jobs if the project is developed to its full potential.

April 24th

Citizens encouraged to make Capitol trip

April 24, 2013

Though detail remain to be heard on a potential industrial project that’s said to possibly have a great impact on Clay County, citizens from the community are encouraged to make the trip to the Capitol on tomorrow for the special legislative session that was called on Wednesday by Gov. Phil Bryant.

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Gov. Phil Bryant's official proclamation for Friday's special session

April 24, 2013

STATE OF MISSISSIPPI
A PROCLAMATION
BY THE
GOVERNOR
WHEREAS, by the provisions of Section 121 of the Constitution of the State of Mississippi, the Governor is vested with the power to convene, by public Proclamation, the Legislature in Extraordinary Session whenever, in his judgment, the public interest requires it;
and
WHEREAS, it is my judgment that the public interest requires that the Legislature be convened in Extraordinary Session for the consideration of the matter hereinafter stated:

Session to be held on Friday

April 24, 2013

A much-anticipated special session has been called of the legislature by Gov. Phil Bryant.
On Friday morning at 10 a.m., the legislature will reconvene just a short while after departing the capitol following a 90-day legislative session.
This time, the legislature is reported to be discussing economic incentives related to an industrial project that may be wanting to break ground in Clay County.
The Daily Times Leader will be at the capitol in order to bring our web readers live updates on any discussions related to our community.

April 23rd

One person transported with minor injuries in county accident

April 23, 2013

“It could have been a lot worse.”
These are the words of a Mississippi Highway patrolman who responded Tuesday morning to a wreck involving West Point Assistant Chief Avery Cook and two individuals in another vehicle.

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Statement on economic development

April 23, 2013

I do not make it a common practice to editorialize on page one.
The situation regarding speculation of a legislative session involving a potential industrial project in Clay County needs to be addressed.
As of press time on Tuesday, Gov. Phil Bryant remains the only person close to economic development who has commented publicly about such a project existing.
Here is what we know from Bryant’s comments on Monday.

Jail inmate captured within hour of escape

April 23, 2013

A West Point inmate attempted to escape Monday not once but twice, but his attempt to flee law enforcement officials failed and the offender was led back to jail with a new felony escape charge.

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