Japanese company adds 100 jobs to Madison County operation

Calsonic Kansei, a Japanese company that supplies heating and cooling systems for Nissan trucks, is adding 100 jobs to its Mississippi operation, the Associated Press reports. The company announced Monday it is investing $16.3 million to move its assembly operation to a Gluckstadt warehouse owned by the Madison County Economic Development Authority. Calsonic Kansei’s total employment in the area will increase to about 600. Mississippi Development Authority spokeswoman Tammy Craft said the state is giving Calsonic Kansei $600,000 to improve the building’s climate control and fire suppression systems. The Madison County Economic Development Authority is giving $60,000 for other building and infrastructure improvements. Madison County is granting property tax breaks projected at $460,000 over 10 years, and on inventory projected at $256,000, AP reports.

State flag opponent asks U.S. Supreme Court to hear his case

Carlos Moore is taking his arguments against the Mississippi state flag to the U.S. Supreme Court, the Associated Press reports. Moore, a black attorney in Grenada, filed papers Wednesday that the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves were wrong to reject his argument that the flag is a symbol of white supremacy which harms him and his young daughter by violating the Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection to all citizens. The Confederate battle emblem from the Civil War is emblazoned in a corner of the flag. Critics say the symbol is racist. Supporters say it represents the state’s history.

Luxury hotel, conference center planned in Flowood

Construction of a $50 million conference center and hotel adjacent to the Flowood city golf course will begin in early 2018. The project will include a 200-room luxury hotel and 54,000 square foot conference center. The city of Flowood will own the conference center and MCC Real Estate of New Orleans will operate the conference center and the hotel. Plans include a resort-style pool, 15-acre lake, a spa and a culinary school. Flowood Mayor Gary Rhoads says the project will provide tourism and recreational opportunities for Flowood residents. The Mississippi Development Authority approved the project for the Mississippi Tourism Sales Tax Program to offer incentives to development of the area near the Jackson airport. 

Agents happy to intercept illegal drugs moving through Hancock County

Marijuana weighing 181 pounds and worth more than $1.2 million was seized after a traffic stop on Interstate 10 in Hancock County over the weekend, The Sun Herald reports. The marijuana likely was bound for Biloxi, said Lt. Bill Covington, assistant commander of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department’s Narcotics Division. Narcotics agents with the sheriff’s department arrested Danny Guzman, 26, of Laredo, Texas, after a deputy pulled him over. “We are always happy to intercept large shipments of illegal drugs moving through Hancock County,” Sheriff Ricky Adam said in a written statement.

Seven officials elected as Democrats join Republican Party mid-term

Itawamba County Sheriff Chris Dickinson and six other county officials elected as Democrats in 2015 have switched to the Republican Party, the Itawamba Times reports. Joining Dickinson are supervisors Charles Horn, Steve Johnson and Steve Moore, constables Terry Johnson and Doug Lesley, and coroner Shelia Summerford. During a brief ceremony on the county courthouse steps in Fulton on Thursday, Gov. Phil Bryant, Mississippi House of Representatives Speaker Phillip Gunn, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker and Mississippi Republican Party Chairman Joe Nosef commended the local officials. “Itawamba County is truly the America we all love and believe in,” Bryant told the assembled onlookers.