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City terminates contract with lobbyist

GREENVILLE — The City of Greenville’s contract with its Washington lobbyist ends this year and will not be renewed. The Delta Democrat Times reports the city council voted 4-2 to end its contract with Steve Pruitt. Pruitt, who was paid $30,000 a year, had lobbied for the city since 2005. City Clerk Amelia Wicks says grants totaled $2.4 million in ...

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TVA freezes pay of managers, specialists

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is freezing the base pay of about 3,500 managers and specialists until 2013. The Chattanooga Times Free Press quotes TVA president Tom Kilgore, who said today the federal utility is joining the two-year pay freeze that Congress adopted for two million other federal employees. Although TVA is a federal utility, it no ...

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Natural gas leak forces families to evacuate

COVNIGTON COUNTY — Authorities say about 25 families were evacuated in eastern Covington County today while crews worked on repairing a natural gas pipe leak. Nikki Pressley, a spokeswoman for the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, says an area within a mile of the leak was evacuated today for safety precautions. No injuries have been reported. Emergency officials from Covington and ...

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Fitch awards Southern Co. better outlook

ATLANTA — Fitch Ratings has revised the rating outlooks of the parent company of Mississippi Power, Southern Company (Southern; Fitch Issuer Default Rating [IDR] of ‘A’), and its subsidiary, Georgia Power Company (GPC; IDR of ‘A’) to “stable” from “negative.” In addition, the ratings of both issuers are affirmed. Fitch said: “The revision of Southern’s outlook to ‘stable’ reflects the ...

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Anderson Regional completes purchase of Riley

MERIDIAN — Anderson Regional Medical Center has completed its purchase of Riley Hospital from Health Management Associates Inc. Both hospitals are located in Meridian. Terms of the purchase were not released yesterday. Anderson president/CEO L. Ray Humphreys says the acquisition is expected to be finalized by Jan. 1 and Anderson will take ownership of substantially all of the assets of ...

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Required scores for Miss. teacher's license some of lowest in US

For the Praxis I in math and the portion of the Praxis II which deals with the principles of learning and teaching, Mississippi has the lowest score requirements in the country among the 40 states which use the Praxis to screen teachers applying for licenses. For the Praxis I for reading, Mississippi ties with Nebraska for the lowest required score. ...

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Martin sentenced for posing as contractor

YAZOO CITY — A Clinton man has been sentenced to serve two years in prison after being convicted in Yazoo County on charges of posing as a contractor. The attorney general’s office says 35-year-old Michael Martin was convicted of false pretense and was sentenced by Circuit Judge Jannie Lewis to five years in prison, with three years suspended. Prosecutors say ...

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Burke gets time for smuggling cigarettes

GREENVILLE — A Tupelo man who took part in a multi-state cigarette smuggling operation has been sentenced to 34 months in prison. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Jerry Burke was sentenced Dec. 22 in U.S. District Court in Greenville. Burke pleaded guilty in 2009 to defrauding the federal and local governments out of millions of dollars in taxes and ...

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City looking to enact redevelopment tax

RIDGELAND — The City of Ridgeland will seek legislative — and ultimately voter — approval for a 1 percent increase in the local sales tax to redevelop a southeastern area and reduce the number of apartment complexes. The tax would be very similar to the tourism tax currently levied on Ridgeland hotels, motels and restaurants, which is used to advertise ...

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City officials put hold on marina project

WAVELAND — Officials in Waveland have put a hold on plans for a $6-million marina project. The Sun-Herald reports that Mayor David Garcia and the Board of Aldermen in Waveland plan to meet soon with state officials and an engineering firm to discuss whether the project should be continued. The mayor said some Waveland residents are questioning the need for ...

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