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‘Barge’ film explores life on Miss. River

At the busy New Orleans Riverwalk, tourists take in the size and scope of the Mississippi River as immense ships travel one of the world’s busiest ports. Naval and Coast Guard ships navigate past tows and tugs. Blue-water and brown-water crews eye each other cautiously, and an old steamboat is visible in the distance. So opens a Mississippi filmmaker’s work ...

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Consultants give convention hotel details after TCI doesn’t show

A public forum Jackson City Councilman Tony Yarber staged Nov. 17 to hear details on a planned convention center hotel deal “right from the horse’s mouth” fell short of that expectation when the city’s proposed partner did a no-show. Instead, the 50 or so people gathered at the Anderson United Methodist Church got some brief details on the financial arrangements ...

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CARTER: A burning reason for Thanksgiving gratitude

My sister in Florida signs all of her emails with the phrase “Angels on Duty.” Boy, am I glad mine clocked in for the night shift one evening last week. Not to create unnecessary drama, but I have much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving week. Last Wednesday repairmen claimed to have fixed the heating system in my apartment. I ...

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As a formality, Jackson will seek convention hotel partnership proposals

Though the Jackson Redevelopment Authority doesn’t expect any takers, the authority’s board agreed Wednesday to a 15-day advertising period for a developer other than Transcontinental Realty Investments of Dallas to partner with the city on a convention headquarters hotel. The JRA board sees the action as a formality and a step toward moving a final deal between Transcontinental Realty and ...

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State's casinos saw winnings fall five percent

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s casinos won $182.2 million in October, down 5 percent from $191.6 million in October 2010. The 19 river casinos won $93.9 million in October, down 9 percent from $103.5 million in the year-ago month, according to Mississippi Department of Revenue figures. Winnings at the 11 Mississippi coast casinos totaled $88.2 million, up slightly from $88.1 million ...

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Pickering, College Board investigating Southern Miss

HATTIESBURG — The office of State Auditor Stacey Pickering and the state College Board are looking into whether the University of Southern Mississippi violated state law in the purchase and distribution of 700 tablets in July and August as part of a pilot program. Auditor’s office spokeswoman Lisa Shoemaker told the Hattiesburg American College Board officials have notified the auditor’s ...

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Health Department issues CONs for two projects

GULFPORT and CHARLESTON — The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) has issued certificates of need (CONs) for two projects. Memorial Hospital at Gulfport
 has received a CON for the expansion and renovation of its patient tower. The size of the patient rooms on the third, fourth and fifth floors will be increased, and two new floors of rooms added ...

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Inland Salvage re-floats sunken river barges

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Inland Salvage Inc. of New Orleans recently fought with high-current Mississippi River conditions to re-float a sunken coal barge near Lake Providence, La. The barge was fully loaded and headed south when it went down in March of this year. Having been on the river bottom this long, the barge was partially buried in river sediment. The ...

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Judge places two cemeteries in receivership

PRENTISS COUNTY — Prentiss County Chancellor John Hatcher signed an order Tuesday placing Oaklawn Memorial Park of Booneville and Forrest Memorial Park of Corinth under receivership. Both cemeteries are owned and operated by Wayne Hight of Corinth. “Both cemeteries currently have zero dollars in their trust accounts. The Secretary of State’s Office cannot allow a cemetery with over a half-million ...

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Port upgrading security with federal funding

VICKSBURG — New security gates and cameras are in the works at the Port of Vicksburg. Tom Murphree, regional sales manager for Kinder Morgan, the port’s contract operator, tells the Vicksburg Post funding came from a $380,000 in federal grant. Murphree says the beefed-up security system will replace old chain-link gates and cameras and should be installed “within a few ...

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