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Daily Archives: December 17, 2007

Mall security under scrutiny in wake of Nebraska shooting

With the traffic and hustle and bustle of the holidays, shopping center security is always a concern. But since the recent mall shooting in Nebraska, both shoppers and center managers are more concerned with security than ever. Audrey Thompson, general manager of Northpark Mall in Ridgeland, said that recent events have put some shoppers on edge. “We are incredibly saddened ...

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Allen Plumbing rebuilds, now helping others rebuild post-Katrina

Like many of its clients, friends and neighbors on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Allen Plumbing was devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Also like others in the area, the plumbing business quickly picked itself up and got busy rebuilding. Additionally, this 56-year-old family business found the time and the heart to help those around them rebuild, too. Allen Plumbing was founded in ...

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Toyota Auto Body celebrates Lee County groundbreaking

Wooden Japanese mallets crashed into the Japanese sake cask, breaking the top into pieces. With that traditional act and the subsequent toast of the rice wine, the official groundbreaking ceremony for Toyota Auto Body ended in Baldwyn December 10. Inside a tent on a 100-acre tract at the Harry A. Martin North Lee Industrial Park, Toyota officials joined area dignitaries ...

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Thompson's greatest challenge? Restoring public's confidenc

A familiar face was welcomed back as the new state health officer December 5. Although he’s been at the helm of the Mississippi State Department of Health (SMDH) on an interim basis, Dr. Ed Thompson agreed to take the position permanently because he feels it’s important to get the maligned agency back on track. “We’ve repaired the damage and had ...

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