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Jackson council set for hotel vote Monday amid rush to sell bonds

A decision by Jackson City Council Monday (Dec. 19) to build a 16-floor, $96 million convention center hotel will hand Mayor Harvey Johnson a signature victory but a thumbs down from the council will give him a serious setback. The city put the deal on a fast-track to enable proposed development partner Transcontinental Realty Investments Inc. to meet a Dec. ...

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Aberdeen school superintendent fired

Aberdeen School Board members have voted to fire their top educator. Superintendent Chester Leigh says the board dismissed him in executive session Monday night, but would not elaborate on the matter. The TV stations also reports the board fired Phonecia Witherspoon, the district’s chief financial officer. Leigh has been superintendent of schools in Aberdeen since 2009.

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Date set for Keenum's sentence in bank fraud case

Once prominent attorney Thomas D. Keenum Sr. will be sentenced Dec. 30 for federal bank fraud. The 71-year-old Keenum pleaded guilty in August 2010 to a scheme to defraud BancorpSouth of Booneville through a $135,447 loan. He faces up to 30 years in prison and $1 million in fines. Keenum’s sentencing was delayed more than two years by a personal ...

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PRCC expands business marketing program

HATTIESBURG — Students planning to pursue an Associate in Applied Science degree in Business Marketing and Management Technology at Pearl River Community College will have several class options available to them in the spring semester. Oone option will be the addition of two business marketing day classes on Tuesday and Thursday that will be taught at the Lowery Woodall Advanced ...

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Trial delay requested in illegal immigrant case

An attorney has asked for a continuance in the trial of a couple charged with knowingly using illegal immigrants at their irrigation company in central Mississippi. A federal indictment says Paul and Barbara Love used illegal immigrants as far back as 2003 at Love Irrigation Inc., based in Ridgeland. The indictment says the Loves were told by immigration officials in ...

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Miss. high court hears appeal on coal-fired plant

The Mississippi Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments Wednesday on the Sierra Club’s challenge to a $2.9 billion power plant in Kemper County. Mississippi Power Co., a unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co., wants to build the coal-fired plant, which would be powered by lignite mined nearby. The project was approved last year by the Mississippi Public Service Commission. The Sierra ...

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Crop insurance rates skyrocket after summer floods

Midwestern farmers who saw their land swamped by summer flooding may be socked again with steep increases in their crop insurance premiums, the expensive result of the failure to fix broken levees before the winter snow and next spring’s rains. The Missouri River rose to record levels this year after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began releasing massive amounts ...

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