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Mississippi Development Authority taps Jim McArthur as new deputy director

  Jim McArthur, a former utility equipment sales executive, has joined the Mississippi Development Authority as deputy director. McArthur brings nearly 20 years in business development, marketing and economic development to the post, the MDA says. Previously, McArthur served for three years as regional sales director for Itron, formerly SmartSynch. At Itron, a provider of energy and water management equipment ...

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Replacing the legal pad: Apps for note-taking

Taking notes is a critical task for lawyers in all practice areas. Some would rather write longhand, some would rather type and others prefer to enter text directly into a mobile device, with their thumbs or using a dictation program. Regardless of these preferences, it’s essential that an attorney’s notes are preserved and accessible, and there are apps to serve ...

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State sees more than 2 dozen new cases of human West Nile virus

  Mississippi has 26 new human cases of West Nile virus (WNV), bringing this year’s total for the mosquito-borne disease to 59 cases, including one death, Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reports. Reported cases for 2012 have already surpassed 2011’s total of 52 cases, although 5 West Nile virus-related deaths o ccured that year, the Department of Health says. ...

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Hotel developer gets tax-in-lieu-of-financing grant

COLUMBUS — A financing grant has been increased for a Columbus developer planning a hotel. Columbus-Lowndes Development Link CEO Joe Higgins told the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors the tax-in-lieu-of-financing grant to Columbus Properties, LLC will increase from $3 million to $3.85 million. The Commercial Dispatch reports developer Mark Castleberry said the money will be used to build a Hampton ...

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Crew cleaning up site while city looks for prospective buyer

VICKSBURG — City crews began work last week to repair drainage and erosion problems on city land off Fisher Ferry Road. The Vicksburg Post reports Mayor Paul Winfield said he is seeking a buyer willing to develop the property and put it back on the tax rolls. The work, including materials costing about $85,000, was ordered after an inspection by ...

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Judge to decide if Snopek missed deadline with St. Dominic lawsuit

MADISON — A judge says he will decide this week whether a former professional baseball player missed a three-year deadline to file a lawsuit against St. Dominic Health Services in a legal dispute over a Madison athletic facility project. The Clarion-Ledger reports today if Hinds County Circuit Judge Bill Gowan rules the statute of limitation expired prior to Chris Snopek ...

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Southwest Mississippi seeing historic Southern pine beetle invasion

SOUTHWEST MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Forestry Commission says the first Southern pine beetle outbreak to hit southwest Mississippi in nearly 20 years has apparently doubled in size and shows no signs of slowing. The Enterprise-Journal reports officials are urging landowners in Franklin, Amite, Wilkinson, Adams, Jefferson, Lincoln and Copiah counties to check for the beetles, which bore into living pine ...

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Mississippi Valley now disaster-resistant university

ITTA BENA — Mississippi Valley State University says it’s getting federal recognition as a disaster resistant university. It says that at a hearing this evening, university president Donna Oliver will sign a mitigation plan approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The plan includes setting secure solar lights throughout the campus to make it easy to see markers that will ...

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Windham appointed chief

The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) Vicksburg District team member Joey Windham was recently selected as chief of the modeling branch of the Modeling, Mapping and Consequences Production Center (MMC). As chief of the branch Windham will be responsible for the overall management and coordination. He will also serve as senior technical reviewer for all hydrologic and hydraulic ...

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Giardina’s promotes Leflore

The Delta restaurant Giardina’s has appointed Lee Leflore as chef de cuisine. While still in high school, Leflore knew he wanted a future in the hospitality industry and he joined the Giardina’s team when he was 17. He waited tables and cooked on the line every chance he got. Leflore graduated from the University of Mississippi’s hospitality management program and ...

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