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Appeals Court upholds ruling against subdivision residents opposing sand drying plant

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JACKSON, Mississippi — The state Court of Appeals has upheld a judge's ruling against a group of residents who sought to block development of five acres near the construction site of a sand drying plant in Pearl River County.

The Alliance Consulting Group is locating the plant on 30 acres between Nicholson and Picayune. The $30 million plant will service the oil industry. It will create 40-to-50 jobs.

At issue was a five-acre area near the industrial site that residents of the Raven Wood subdivision claimed the county allowed to be built up during construction of the plant and that had caused flooding in the subdivision.

Circuit Judge Prentiss Harrell ruled in 2013 the county has not violated any regulations governing use of the five acres. The Appeals Court upheld the ruling Tuesday.

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