Jackson County Looks For New IP Mill Possibilities - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Jackson County Looks For New IP Mill Possibilities

The Thursday red beans and rice special used to pack them in at Faye's Kitchen. But when International Paper closed its Moss Point mill last year, the diner across the street suffered. Faye's lunch crowd dropped by as much as 50 percent.

L.C. Triplett and his wife run the restaurant. "We've laid off three people already," Triplett said. "The next step will be closing down."

In the year since International Paper announced the mill had to close, former plant employees have had their share of problems. Moss Point resident Ralph Davis knows a number of the former workers.

"Friends of mine, people I know that depended on that mill for a living to support their families," Davis said, "they've had to get out and go somewhere else."

Davis serves on a Moss Point active citizens committee that's trying to breathe new life into the nearly vacant mill.

"There is a future for it," Davis said. "We don't know exactly what it is. But we have got a future."

Jackson County economic development leaders can't say what's in IP's future, because right now they don't know. What they can say is steps are being taken to eventually market the mill and its adjoining 300 acres of land, so it can once again create jobs for Jackson County.

George Freeland is the executive director of the Jackson County Economic Development Foundation. "In a general sense," Freeland said, "we can say that we are aggressively moving to reposition the site for economic development."

Freeland said it will be at least two years before anything happens at the Moss Point mill. The Tripletts hope that whenever something happens, they'll still be serving their lunchtime meals.

International Paper closed about the same time that Rohm and Haas announced it was leaving Moss Point. The closings caused Jackson County's unemployment rate to jump to 6.5 percent.

By Brad Kessie

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Police investigating death on Biloxi Beach

    Police investigating death on Biloxi Beach

    Saturday, May 27 2017 12:38 PM EDT2017-05-27 16:38:08 GMT
    Biloxi police are investigating a dead body found on the beach. (Photo source: WLOX)Biloxi police are investigating a dead body found on the beach. (Photo source: WLOX)

    Biloxi Police are investigating a dead body that was found on the beach Saturday morning. The body was found in the sand in front of St. George Avenue. Witnesses say two women went to retrieve a fishing pole out of the water and discovered the body. It's unclear at this time how the person died or whether the death is suspicious. Police are on the scene. WLOX News Now is also there and will update this story as soon as more information is available. Copyright 2017 WLOX. All rights ...

    More >>

    Biloxi Police are investigating a dead body that was found on the beach Saturday morning. The body was found in the sand in front of St. George Avenue. Witnesses say two women went to retrieve a fishing pole out of the water and discovered the body. It's unclear at this time how the person died or whether the death is suspicious. Police are on the scene. WLOX News Now is also there and will update this story as soon as more information is available. Copyright 2017 WLOX. All rights ...

    More >>
  • Stolen vehicle found in Gulfport; suspect arrested

    Saturday, May 27 2017 9:16 AM EDT2017-05-27 13:16:23 GMT
    Bailey Jade Ford (Photo source: Biloxi Police Dept.)Bailey Jade Ford (Photo source: Biloxi Police Dept.)

    A vehicle stolen in Biloxi was located in Gulfport a few hours later and a woman was taken into custody for the theft.

    More >>

    A vehicle stolen in Biloxi was located in Gulfport a few hours later and a woman was taken into custody for the theft.

    More >>
  • Parents urged to monitor children to decrease overdose deaths

    Parents urged to monitor children to decrease overdose deaths

    Friday, May 26 2017 7:08 PM EDT2017-05-26 23:08:47 GMT
    Saturday, May 27 2017 6:00 AM EDT2017-05-27 10:00:17 GMT

    American deaths from drug overdoses have risen yearly since 2002 through 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. The number of deaths from opioid drugs also spiked in 2015 compared to 2013.  

    More >>

    American deaths from drug overdoses have risen yearly since 2002 through 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. The number of deaths from opioid drugs also spiked in 2015 compared to 2013.  

    More >>
Powered by Frankly