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Daily Archives: May 24, 2012

Creative economy caught on camera

You’ve heard the term “creative economy,” right? Where entrepreneurs with some talent or skill use it to manufacture a unique product or service. I get to see a lot of that producing videos for MBJ-TV. I’ve included a few recent stories below. Just a few creatives growing their small businesses. No economic developers, no lobbyists- just some strong backs that ...

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Last defendant in insurance scheme gets 18 years in prison

BRANDON — The final defendant has been sentenced in a scheme that bilked the state out of more than $500,000 in a health care fraud scheme. Former Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi employee Sonya Mitchell, 35, of Jackson was sentenced to 18 years in prison for her part in a scheme that led to the processing of claims for ...

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Judge rules: Scruggs' judicial bribery conviction upheld

ABERDEEN — A federal judge has dismissed imprisoned attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs’ push to vacate his 2009 conviction in a judicial bribery case The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Senior U.S. District Judge Glen H. Davidson yesterday dismissed Scruggs’ motion. If he decides to appeal, the matter would move to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. ...

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Judge orders Rep. Aldridge to pay more than $200K to aunt

TUPELO — A state judge yesterday ordered Rep. Brian Aldridge to pay more than $200,000 to his aunt, whose estate was plundered by his father who held her power of attorney and ultimately wiped it out. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Chancellor Michael Malski ordered Aldridge to pay Florence Aldridge $218,355. Malski said that even though Aldridge was not ...

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Baseball stadium/entertainment venue proposed at State Port

GULFPORT — A family entertainment venue that would include a baseball stadium, theater, bowling alley, restaurants and shops is being proposed for the state port in Gulfport. The Sun Herald reports Tim Bennett, a partner in relocating the Atlanta Braves AA Mississippi Braves team to Pearl, has been looking for eight years for the right Coast location for a baseball ...

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County exploring legal avenues to overturn EPA air-quality decision

DESOTO COUNTY — DeSoto County has asked a law firm to explore the county’s chances of overturning a federal decision that groups it with Memphis and Crittenden County, Ark., on ozone levels. The board approved a retainer — up to $3,000 — for the law firm to do some “exploratory” study of the county’s case for reversal of the Environmental ...

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Read May 28 issue of the MBJ

>> ECONOMIC DEVELOPER-IN-CHIEF Mississippi connections helped Christensen top list for MDA director— By Ted Carter Also in this week’s paper: >> CROOKED LETTER SET FOR FALL OPEN Vancleave brewery will take advantage of new beer laws — by Clay Chandler

 >> STATE GRABS FORECLOSURE SETTLEMENTS The fiasco that became a bonanza— by Ted Carter >> Q&A WILL SCARBOURGH Farmers markets with locally grown ...

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