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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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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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Ingalls begins work on 29th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer

PASCAGOULA — Huntington Ingalls Industries has started fabrication on the U.S. Navy’s next Aegis guided missile destroyer, John Finn (DDG 113). The ship will be built at the company’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division and will be the 29th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer built at Ingalls. Bob Merchent, Ingalls’ vice president, surface combatants and U.S. Coast Guard programs, said, “We have delivered 28 ...

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State's peanut-growing acreage up 200+ percent over 2011

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Many Delta fields that once turned white with cotton are now yielding a below-ground crop and helping propel Mississippi up the list of peanut-producing states. The state has an estimated 47,000 acres of peanuts this year, up more than 200 percent from the 14,000 acres grown in 2011. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates the crop is ...

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