JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Supreme Court has upheld a state judge's order that lets the city of Oxford annex the site of Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi's new hospital.
In March 2013, a Lafayette County chancery judge ruled in favor of several landowners who petitioned the court to allow Oxford to take in the property. The process is called inclusion, a procedure that produces the same result as annexation but is initiated by someone other than the city. It avoids what can be a long annexation process.
Kenneth Farrell and two other opponents appealed the decision to the Supreme Court. They argued the city of Oxford was misusing Mississippi's inclusion statute.
Baptist is building a $300 million medical center on a 160-acre site south of Mississippi Highway 6.
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