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Attitude goes a long way

DeJonnette Grantham King launched Advanced Environmental Consultants in a converted room of her house on a complete leap of faith. After a career with the state Department of Environmental Quality and several private firms, she found herself without a job after Professional Services Industries’ environmental division shut the doors on its Jackson office in 1997. Armed with a telephone, fax ...

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State tops U.S. in mortgage payments late by 30 days in 4Q

By Ted Carter Mississippi led the nation in mortgage payments overdue by 30 days in the fourth quarter and its 90-day delinquent rate began to resume a previous rise, the Mortgage Bankers Association said in a press conference Thursday morning. The state’s overall rate of 13.30 percent was among the nation’s highest, while the 5.93 percent 30-day tardy rate led ...

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Key Constructors repairs bridge ahead of schedule

HARRISON COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has completed all repairs to the U.S. 49 southbound bridge over Big Biloxi River near Wortham Road. On Dec. 2, 2010, a car struck the steel pile near the median causing a crack in the concrete support cap. MDOT awarded a $198,000 contract to Key Constructors of Madison to repair the ...

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Callon completes public offering, nets $65.7M

NATCHEZ — Callon Petroleum Company has closed its previously announced public offering of nine million shares of its common stock at a price to the public of $7.75 per share. Callon also granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 1.35 million common shares on the same terms and conditions to cover over-allotments, if any. Callon ...

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Oil spill cleanup on barrier islands suspended

GULF OF MEXICO — Cleanup from the BP oil spill on Mississippi’s barrier islands will take a break March 1 so as to not disturb the nesting areas for shorebirds and turtles. Dan Brown, superintendent of the Gulf Islands National Seashore, tells [ITAL]The Mississippi Press[ITAL] that cleanup will resume Aug. 15. “Once nesting season is done for the shorebirds, they ...

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USDA declares two counties disaster areas

DESOTO COUNTY and MARSHALL COUNTY — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated counties in Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Virginia and North Carolina as primary natural disaster areas due to losses caused by drought and excessive heat that began June 1, 2010, and continues. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack “these conditions caused severe damage to corn, cotton, sorghum, soybeans, ...

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Is Barbour jockeying for campaign funding from energy sector?

By Amy McCullough Will Barbour use the energy sector to finance his presidential campaign? Sounds like the Associated Press thinks so: Mississippi governor to talk with coal operators MS State Wire Published:Feb. 17, 2011 FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Potential Republican presidential candidate Haley Barbour is expected to speak with Kentucky coal operators on Thursday. The Mississippi governor would be the ...

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VT Halter to build $144M ship for Pasha Hawaii

PASCAGOULA — Shipping company Pasha Hawaii of Honolulu says it plans to add a second ship to its local fleet. The company said in a statement yesterday it has signed a contract with VT Halter Marine in Pascagoula for the construction of a $144-million ship for delivery in 2013. The two companies have also signed an option agreement for the ...

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TVA unsure what customers will pay for power

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — The Tennessee Valley Authority is changing its 19-year-old rate structure April 1 but can’t say who among its nine million customers will pay more. TVA is leaving customer rate decisions to its 155 distributors that supply power in Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia. The nation’s largest public utility disputes claims that the move ...

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Landon's sentencing for bribery postponed

GREENE COUNTY — A sentencing hearing has been delayed until April 27 for a businessman who pleaded guilty in a federal bribery scheme to get Hurricane Katrina cleanup contracts. Thomas Landon, owner of Mid-South Pipe, was accused of bribing Greene County supervisors to get debris removal contracts after the 2005 storm. Former Greene County supervisor Lee Lambert was acquitted in ...

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