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Rankin v Jackson: The Fight Over the Airport

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Sen. Josh Harkins, R-Flowood, lists valuable property (worth close to $500,000) just across Lakeland Drive from Jackson Municipal Airport Authority land. He says his bill to take over control of the Jackson airport and its property is not a conflict of interest. He also owns and lists other commercial and private real estate in the surrounding area.

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The bottom section of Jackson airport land butts up to Old Brandon Road—and isn't developed. This no-trespassing sign is across the road from the Homeland Security office.

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The East Metro Parkway funs about two miles south from Lakeland Drive/Highway 25, but stops abruptly. The plan is to expand it to Highway 80 to help motorists avoid Lakeland traffic. It is lined by valuable land attractive to developers.

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The view of Dogwood Festival area development looking north on East Metro Parkway through JMAA land that is "shovel-ready" for development. The Dogwood developments back right up to JMAA land where development suddenly stops. The East Metro Parkway, as completed to date, has bike lanes and sidewalks.


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