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James Meredith talks with MBJ

In 1962, James Meredith became the first African-American student to be admitted to the University of Mississippi. His newest memoir, “A Mission from God” recalls the integration of the school and the violent reaction that followed. The book also reveals a man who believes he had and still has a divine calling to help transform Mississippi for the better. This ...

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Bayou Innovations chooses Ten Mile Industrial Park

STONE COUNTY — Bayou Innovations, LLC has chosen Ten Mile Industrial Park, owned and managed by the Stone County Economic Development Partnership (EDP), as the location of its new facility. Bayou Innovations purchased a five-acre parcel in the park, located south of Perkinston. William Purvis, Bayou Innovations’ managing director, said the “pro-business attitude” of Stone County was one of the ...

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Gentiva buys North Mississippi Hospice for undisclosed amount

OXFORD — Gentiva Health Services Inc. reports it has acquired North Mississippi Hospice in Oxford. Terms were not disclosed. Founded in 2006, North Mississippi Hospice has offices in Tupelo, Oxford and Southaven. “This transaction enables us to expand our geographic coverage in Mississippi and is consistent with our strategy of adding high-quality, clinically focused hospice providers that make strategic sense ...

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Supervisors award contract for post-Isaac cleanup

POPLARVILLE and PICAYUNE — Pearl River County supervisors have awarded a contract for cleanup from Hurricane Isaac. The Picayune Item reports the $774,190 contract was awarded to Hensley R. Lee Contracting of Picayune for removal of debris generated by Hurricane Isaac on public lands and along public rights of way. Supervisors also extended an emergency declaration for a third time ...

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Tourism sales tax resolution passes in West Point

WEST POINT — Voters in West Point have passed a resolution to allow the city to levy a one-percent tourism sales tax, bringing the sales tax to nine percent on restaurant, liquor store and hotel/motel purchases. The Commercial Dispatch reports the new one-percent tax will go to specific projects for the West Point/Clay County Community Growth Alliance. The “yes votes” ...

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UM incoming freshmen set record on entrance exam

OXFORD — Incoming freshmen at the University of Mississippi have set a new record on the ACT college entrance exam. The average ACT scores (which include converted SAT scores) for incoming freshmen at Ole Miss for the fall 2012 semester hit 23.9, a record high for the university, school officials report. This figure is 0.4 points higher than the fall ...

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Jackson's Charley Hutchison back in the news

The MBJ newsroom was happy this morning to see more recognition for Charley Hutchison. As featured in a Metro Jackson daily, Hutchison, a St. Andrews student and computer enthusiast, continues his distinction of being one of the youngest Apple mobile app developers in the world. Mississippi Business Journal staff writer Clay Chandler and video journalist Stephen McDill introduced Hutchison to Mississippi in a ...

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Elton John, Delbert Hosemann and Steve Holland — A triumphant trio

It was a packed house Tuesday night at the Mississippi Coliseum, and it would appear that nothing is better for political relations than the healing voice of Elton John. While they may not be perfect political bedfellows, front and center (literally on the front row) for the events were Republican Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann and Rep. Steve Holland, a ...

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BP wants to dig up beaches to remove old oil from spill

GULF OF MEXICO — BP PLC says it wants to aggressively clean up buried oil exposed on Louisiana’s beaches by Hurricane Isaac’s churning waves. The company said it has asked for permission to dig deep into beaches and remove oil buried since a BP well blew out on April 20, 2010, leading to the nation’s largest offshore spill and killing ...

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Apparel company now says it will layoff workers, not close plants

COLUMBUS — An apparel company that’s losing a military contract to the federal prison system says it plans to lay off 50 workers in Alabama and Mississippi rather than idling two plants. American Power Source Inc. says the layoffs in Fayette, Ala., and Columbus are due to the government’s decision to shift an Air Force contract to a government entity ...

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