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Houston named chef

Jesse Houston has been appointed as chef de cuisine of City Grocery in Oxford. Houston, a graduate with honors of Texas Culinary Academy (Le Cordon Bleu), is an alumnus of some of the country’s top kitchens, including those of chefs Wolfgang Puck, Stephen Pyles and Tim Byres. He assumed the executive chef position at Parlor Market after chef Craig Noone’s ...

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Hattiesburg counts on a good football team to create good business

The University of Southern Mississippi’s football program just finished an 0-12 season. It cost first-year coach Ellis Johnson his job. That won’t be the only fallout, though. Businesses that depend on traffic generated by football games in Hattiesburg have had a rough fall, too. John Neal, Keg and Barrel, usually stays busy with the catering side of his brewpub. He ...

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Analysis: West Point's Turner earned respect across party lines

JACKSON — Current and former Mississippi lawmakers, across party lines, are mourning the death of longtime Democratic Sen. Bennie Turner of West Point, who died Nov. 27. He was 64. Turner, an attorney, was first elected to the Senate in 1992 and took office in January 1993. The most recent configuration of his district included all of Clay County and ...

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Historically low river at Greenville likely to drop farther with Mo. River impoundment

In more normal years, Port of Greenville director Tommy Hart would have paid little attention to the Army Corps of Engineer’s slowdown of water from the Missouri River at its junction with the Mississippi River just north of St. Louis. But like the year before, 2012 has not been a normal one on the Mississippi. Given today’s circumstances, Hart is ...

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Ag Department discovers, destroys Africanized bee colony

PASS CHRISTIAN — The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce (MDAC) located and destroyed a colony of Africanized bees at a residence in Pass Christian on Oct. 29 after receiving a complaint from a homeowner. During the investigation of the complaint, a colony of bees was discovered in the subfloor of the structure. According to the homeowner, the bees had ...

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I-69/269 study's release delayed until 2013

DESOTO COUNTY — The public gets to ride the preparation trail for six additional months for DeSoto County’s long-awaited Interstate 69/269 International Trade Corridor study, launched in 2010 and now slated for completion by June 30, 2013. The pivotal blueprint — intended to guide development for decades along the route through DeSoto County — originally was due to be presented ...

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MSDH approves CONs, including new Oxford hospital

OXFORD and WEST POINT — The Mississippi State Department of Health has issued certificates of need (CONs) to two entities for proposed projects. Baptist Memorial Hospital – North Mississippi Inc., d/b/a Baptist Memorial Hospital – North Mississippi in Oxford received a CON to replace its 217-bed licensed hospital facility with a new facility one mile away from its present location ...

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Commission grants license to Magnolia Bluffs Casino

NATCHEZ — The Mississippi Gaming Commission has granted a gaming license to Magnolia Bluffs Casino. The Natchez Democrat reports the commission granted the approval yesterday during its meeting at the Natchez Grand Hotel. The casino, which is scheduled to open Dec. 21, has been nearly six years in the making. The casino first received site approval from the commission in ...

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Landfill reaching capacity; engineers recommend expansion

COLUMBUS — Engineers have told the city of Columbus that its landfill will run out of space in three years. The Columbus Dispatch reports engineers say the city had three options: expand the landfill, close it and open a new one or get out of the trash dumping business. Neel-Schaffer Engineering project manager Steve Cockerham said the company recommends expanding ...

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New bypass could open before Christmas

CANTON — State transportation officials hope to have a ribbon-cutting before Christmas on a $19.3-million bypass to ease traffic rolling through the heart of historic Canton. The 3.5-mile, four-lane road will connect to the Nissan Parkway at U.S. Highway 51 north of the Nissan plant and run northeast to Mississippi Highway 43. Construction on the new three-mile road started last ...

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