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Natchez board approves street-repaving project, JSU historic marker and moviemaking at police department
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June 12, 2019 - ListenUpYall.com

By John Mott Coffey

NATCHEZ, Miss. – Several Natchez streets will receive new pavement later this summer following the city board’s go-ahead Tuesday for which ones to overlay.

Streets on the approved list include Market and sections of North Pearl and Wall. Work is expected to start in August. The $180,000 budgeted for this is coming from revenues Natchez gets from leasing city-owned land to Magnolia Bluffs Casino.

Included on the list of streets to be repaved are Pearl from Main to Jefferson streets and from High to Madison. Wall Street will be resurfaced from Madison to Main. Market Street is the north side of the square surrounding the Adams County Courthouse. City Public Works Supervisor Justin Dollar said to expect the blacktopping project to start in August and take about a month.

There are other less-traveled Natchez streets and alleys on the list. Streets to resurface are determined by a formula the Board Aldermen has to grade their conditions and amount of traffic.

This is the second year in the row the board has funded a street-improvement project after a two-year drought due to lack of money. However, the $180,000 allocated by the board this year is less than the $310,000 allocated in 2018 for various streets. The last previous round of street repavement was in 2016, which was the fourth year in a row of such work. About $2 million was used for street improvements during those four years from revenues Natchez receives for the land occupied by Magnolia Bluffs Casino.

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The Natchez Board of Aldermen approved the placement of a historic marker by the city cemetery on the site of the school that later became Jackson State University. Founded as the Natchez Seminary in 1877 in what was previously the U.S. Marine Hospital, the school in 1882 relocated to Jackson to later become Jackson State University.

The Natchez Seminary occupied what later became the state-owned Natchez Charity Hospital, which subsequently closed and burned down in 1984.

A state Department of Archives and History-authorized marker will be placed at the old hospital site on Maple Street near the first entrance to the Natchez City Cemetery. The JSU Alumni Association is paying for the marker while the city will provide the labor to erect it.

The board on Tuesday also approved the location of a marker at the Bluffs park on Broadway Street acknowledging donors who gave money for the hanging flower baskets placed around downtown Natchez a couple of years ago.

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The Board of Aldermen agreed Monday let to movie makers use the Natchez Police Department to shoot scenes for the production of Breaking News in Yuba County, the film currently being made in Natchez. Directed by Tate Taylor and starring Allison Janney, Mila Kunis, Regina Hall and others, they began filming in Natchez last week. The interior and exterior of the Natchez Police Department headquarters on D’Evereaux Drive will be used as scenes for the movie. Film makers will also use playground equipment from the city park on Madison Street. The movie company will pay $1,000 for the use of city property.




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