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Read the Dec. 19 issue of the MBJ online

In this week’s MBJ — BUSINESSPERSON OF THE YEAR: It is our inaugural Businessperson of the Year award. Find out whom we are honoring with our most prestigious award of the year. Also in this week’s paper: >> AN MBJ INVESTIGATION: A financial relationship exists between UMMC and the embattled Delta Health Alliance. — by CLAY CHANDLER >> KEMPER COUNTY ...

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Smithville banking on keeping Highway 25 coming through town

Smithville’s business district is on track to recover from the strongest tornado to strike Mississippi in nearly half a century. But whether or not that recovery is permanent could hinge on the future routing of Mississippi Highway 25. The Mississippi Legislature has already approved a controlled-access realignment of a stretch of the highway from Amory to Fulton that would by-pass ...

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Hope abounds after tragedy, destruction

Days are good in Smithville again. People there see sky above and ground below — that adds up to a happy circumstance if your world has been flipped upside down in deadly fashion. Returning to normal from the death and destruction that roared down Main Street at 3:44 in the afternoon on April 27 still has a distance to go. ...

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2011 MBJ BUSINESSPERSON OF THE YEAR: SURVIVING THE STORM

In our inaugural Businessperson of the Year award, we are honoring the grit and guile of two Smithville small business ownerships, who stared down a community-destroying EF-5 tornado. Theirs, along with all but two businesses, were destroyed last April. But Phillip and Tiffany Lockhart of Doughbellys Pizzeria and Bobby and Melanie Edwards of Mel’s Diner have built back — bigger ...

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Receipts show spending at gay sex shops by Southaven mayor

Receipts show Southaven Mayor Greg Davis, a Republican who ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2008 on a family-values platform, charged the city $67 for a purchase at a gay sex shop in Canada. The Mississippi auditor on Nov. 2 demanded Davis pay back more than $170,000 for personal expenses billed to taxpayers. There are no criminal charges from the auditor’s ...

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Financial relationship between University of Mississippi Medical Center, DHA remains in place

Mentioned throughout the court file of James Hahn’s wrongful termination lawsuit against the Delta Health Alliance is a possible grant from DHA to University of Mississippi Medical Center to help the hospital pay for implementing electronic health records. The hospital’s move toward EHRs is part of the mandates spelled out in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. A hospital ...

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Proposed landfill divides community

MADISON COUNTY — Homeowner Sylvia Thomas calls a proposed landfill in Madison County an “environmental injustice.” George French, a consultant for local businesses, calls it an economic development necessity. The Clarion-Ledger reported the two were among about 80 residents from Madison and Hinds counties attending a public hearing at Tougaloo College sponsored by the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality on ...

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FEMA seeking comments on 'levee-inclusive' method

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), are encouraging community leaders, engineers and people in flood-prone areas to assess and then comment on a new “levee-inclusive” risk assessment process that will replace the “without levee” method criticized by the lawmakers earlier this year. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has opened a 45-day public comment period on ...

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HMA names new CEO of Central Mississippi Medical Center

JACKSON — Charlotte W. Dupre’ has been promoted to CEO at Central Mississippi Medical Center (CMMC) in Jackson, effective Dec. 14. Dupre’ joined Health Management Associates (HMA), which operates CMMC, in January as the COO of Physicians Regional Medical Center–Pine Ridge in Naples, Fla. Prior to joining HMA, she was the CEO at River Parishes Hospital with LifePoint Hospitals, in ...

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