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Pat Patterson

City may buy Bell assets

After nine months of negotiations and appraisals, the city of Oxford is ready to offer Bell Utilities $2.3 million to purchase its systems and assets. The city would not be buying Bell Utilities as an entire entity, only its water/sewer systems and customer base. (August 4, 2010, Page 1)

Plan: No Parking on Square

Architect Edye Conkerton was asked by city officials to look at ways to beautify Oxford’s central business district. The plan calls for making the Square more pedestrian friendly by getting rid of 170 parking spaces. The project would only move forward if and when a new parking garage is constructed near the Square. (August 4, 2010, Page 1)

How would Sunday sales impact city?

The first decision made by the newly formed Oxford Alcohol Task Force is that more information is needed from other college towns and areas in Mississippi to help make a decision on what type of Sunday sales – if any – would work best for Oxford. The group met for the first time on Thursday. (July 30, 2010, Page 1A)

Trying to ease Square congestion

Driving through the Square during peak traffic times may be easier due to new commercial loading zones Oxford officials are instituting. Changes affecting Square businesses as well as delivery companies were announced Thursday by Mayor Pat Patterson. (July 30, 2010, Page 1A)

Tourism Council proposes $100K cut

The sluggish economy still has its grip on Oxford tourism. With revenues down this year, the Oxford Tourism Council is planning to cut the 2011 budget by $100,000. Director of Tourism Mary-Kathryn Millner said, “we are being cautious and presenting a budget that is more legitimate as opposed to wishful thinking.” (July 22, 2010, Page 5A)

Curtain rises on this week’s Faulkner Conference

The 37th annual Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Conference opening event was ideal. For visitors, the evening was a perfect mix of a hot Mississippi summer, good food, and lots of talk about William Faulkner. This year’s conference focus is Faulkner and film. During the opening event Faulkner scholar Matt Ramsey, introduced the opening night film “Roads of  Glory.” (July 19, 2010, Page 1)

Teens urged to stay in school

Students participating in a two-day college visit to the University of Mississippi learned the importance of earning a high school diploma. Local leaders spoke to the group of students which was held in cooperation with the Boys and Girls Club of Memphis, Tupelo and Oxford. (July 15, 2010, Page 1)

No tax hike, Mayor says

Oxford leaders have two goals as they draft next year’s budget…for all city employeess to keep their jobs and no tax hikes. How does Mayor Pat Patterson intend to reach these goals? City departments will decide how to cut spending. Purchases for city vehicles and funding for tourism will be given more financial relief. (July 9, 2010, Page 1A)

No public lot for blues fest

A new blues festival in Oxford set for July 16-17 may have to move indoors after all. Although originally planned to be inside, organizer James Parker is seeing a way to move the festival outdoors. (June 16, 2010, Page 1)

Talks continue on Jackson-Highway 6 interchange project

City leaders continued to hammer out details with state officials for the proposed Highway 6-Jackson Avenue interchange. Local leaders made a decision las month to scrap an expensive and complex plan that had been debated for 12 years in favor of a scaled-back plan. (June 16, 2010, Page 2)

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