High Court Denies Annexation Rehearing

The city of Meridian says the Mississippi Supreme Court, in an 8 to 1 vote, has denied a motion for a rehearing, filed by opponents of the city's annexation.

The mayor's office released a statement from the mayor, who is out-of-town.

"We are ready, as we were when the earlier ruling was issued in August, to
bring our new residents into the city and immediately begin providing
services, such as garbage pickup and police and fire protection," said Mayor John Robert Smith. "We are committed to meeting the needs of our new residents, and will work with them on issues of interest and concern to them."

The high court refused in August to overturn the original chancery court order granting annexation. After that, opponents asked for the rehearing.

The city says it will take over the annexed area Nov. 23.


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