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Researcher sentenced for wire fraud in grant scheme

GULFPORT — A researcher at the University of California at Los Angeles has been sentenced in Gulfport to probation and restitution in a wire-fraud case. Prosecutors said Michael D. Pottenger of Santa Monica, Calif., accepted a grant of nearly $100,000 that he wasn’t eligible to receive. The Sun Herald reports Pottenger received three years’ probation and was ordered to make ...

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Columbus AFB to lose 17 civilian jobs in cost-cutting move

COLUMBUS — Columbus Air Force Base expects to lose about 17 jobs as the Air Force moves to trim its civilian work force by 9,000 people. CAFB chief of manpower/personnel Christopher Chesser tells WTVA-TV four of those are positions that are already vacant, two are taking early retirement and the other 11 will be taken care of. Chesser says CAFB ...

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Aldermen approve rezoning for oil well operation

NATCHEZ — DRAYCO Exploration has received final approval for its proposed oil well operation that fronts Cemetery Road from the Natchez Board of Aldermen. The Natchez Democrat reports the board approved an ordinance that rezones five acres on an 81-acre tract of land to permit the drilling and development of the oil well. City Planner Bob Nix said the city’s ...

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USS Mississippi to be commissioned in June

GULFPORT — The USS Mississippi, a $2-billion submarine, will be commissioned in the Gulfport Small Craft Harbor in June, according to U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo. Palazzo, R-Miss., says the event is scheduled for June 2, 2012, with more details to be released later. Palazzo says having the commissioning in Mississippi is an achievement the whole state can be proud of. ...

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Tammy Wynette memorial planned in Itawamba County

TREMONT — The proceeds from a concert by George Jones will be used for the construction of a memorial in honor of country music star and Itawamba County native Tammy Wynette. Mayor Glyn Robinson says the “Tammy Wynette Birthplace Concert” will be held Dec. 3 at Itawamba Community College Davis Event Center in Fulton. Jones is Wynette’s ex-husband. Officials are ...

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Joachim named president

Elizabeth Joachim, vice chair of the Mississippi Home Corporation’s (MHC’s) board of directors, has been named president of the National Council of State Housing Boards (NCSHB). Joachim was appointed to MHC’s board in 2000 and is the agency’s longest-serving current member. Joachim is a native of Biloxi and owner of Corso’s Inc., an 87-year-old wholesale and vending machine company. She ...

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Site debate could come to a vote

Should Mississippi legislators decide to build a new home for the state Department of Revenue, a state-owned parcel north of Smith-Wills Stadium on Lakeland Drive is the top-ranked site in a site-selection study performed by national real estate company Cushman & Wakefield. The 10-acre property between the Educational Research Center along Ridgewood Road and the Mississippi School for the Blind ...

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Washington returns to DSU

Delta State University’s Department of Commercial Aviation recently welcomed Sam Washington as a new faculty member. Washington joins the aviation department teaching management courses in aviation safety, aviation law, human factors and introduction to aviation. Prior to joining the faculty, Washington was Delta State’s director of procurement and auxiliary service, a position he began in 2003. In 2010 Washington left ...

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TWEETING FARMERS

If tweeting farmers seems like a far-fetched idea, think again. Much of agriculture is now high tech and that includes farmers who are turning more and more to social media for a variety of reasons. “Just like the rest of the population, farmers’ use of Facebook, blogs and other social media has increased and is now an important part of ...

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Patterson earns certification

Dr. Sharla Gayle Patterson, who specializes in breast surgery and is fellowship-trained in breast surgical oncology, has earned certification in breast ultrasound from the American Society of Breast Surgeons. Patterson sees patients through University of Mississippi Health Care, a part of the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She is the only breast surgeon in Jackson with this distinction, and she ...

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