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Lauderdale court worker admits she stole traffic ticket money

Victoria Nealy, former criminal deputy clerk in Lauderdale County Justice Court, has pleaded guilty to pocketing money motorists paid for traffic fines. She plead an open plea arrangement to embezzlement by a public official, State Auditor Stacey Pickering said. Special agents with the State Auditor’s Office investigated Nealy after receiving a tip that she was “fixing” tickets and embezzling cash ...

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Getting Bigger by the Day: Cadence continues growth with Fed’s OK of Encore acquisition

Remember Cadence, the little regional bank company in Starkville? It’s all grown up now after last year buying an Alabama regional banking company more than twice its size and continuing its growth spurt with the May 31 Federal Reserve Board of Governors’ approval of the acquisition of Encore Banshares, a $1.6 billion Houston bank. Acquiring Encore is part of a ...

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Morgan Keegan funds to be distributed in Mississippi

JACKSON — Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann says about 1,600 Mississippians have until June 16 to file claims for what they are owed by Morgan Keegan. A.B. Data Ltd. is distributing money from settlements with Morgan Keegan & Co. and Morgan Asset Management to investors in Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky, South Carolina and Tennessee. The settlements resulted from an investigation of ...

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Homebuilder fined, ordered to repay SBA $1 million

GULFPORT — A federal judge has ordered homebuilder Victor Planetta Sr. to pay $1 million in restitution and fined him $250,000 for making false statements to get a disaster-relief loan after Hurricane Katrina. Planetta, owner of Planetta Custom Homes in Slidell, La., faced up to five years in prison for providing fraudulent information for a $1 million loan from the ...

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Puckett Machinery leaving Jackson for Flowood

JACKSON — Puckett Machinery, a heavy equipment dealer that has been located in south Jackson since 1941, is relocating its headquarters and 200 employees to Flowood, a suburb east of the city. Richard Puckett, Puckett Machinery’s chairman/CEO says that Flowood’s low crime rate and “business-friendly” environment prompted the decision. The Caterpillar heavy equipment/rental services/engine dealer will build a $20 million ...

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BUTT JUSTICE: Saltillo aldermen approve ban on saggy pants

SALTILLO — Saltillo has joined other communities in approving a ban on saggy pants in public. The unanimous vote by aldermen came Tuesday during their regular meeting. >>> MBJ POLL QUESTION: Which is more indecent? A $50 fine comes with the first offense with subsequent offenses possibly resulting in fines up to $200. Saltillo’s new ban will take effect in ...

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Tupelo sees increase in tourism revenue

TUPELO — The Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau is on track for a record year for tourism sales tax revenue. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal  says figures release this week show that revenue has grown for seven of the eight months so far in this fiscal year. March revenue, which is reported in May, grew 12.11 percent over March 2011. ...

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