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Olive Branch technology center open house is Dec. 13

DeSoto County students got their first look Monday at the new Career and Technology Center – now parents and the public will have its opportunity at the ribbon cutting and open house Dec. 13. “It was a smooth transition,” said principal Beth Turner. “We had been meeting temporarily in a classroom at Olive Branch High School since school started in ...

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Group releasing hundreds of fingerlings onto reefs

GULF OF MEXICO — The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL), Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (DMR) and Aqua Green, LLC are partnering to produce popular recreational fish such as spotted seatrout, red snapper and cobia for release into Mississippi waters. The group is releasing hundreds of red snapper fingerlings onto offshore artificial reefs this week. The ...

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Justice Department approves city's redistricting plan

SOUTHAVEN — The U.S. Department of Justice has approved Southaven’s redistricting plan to balance the six voting wards in the city to address population growth in the last decade. During yesterday’s Board of Aldermen meeting, The Commercial Appeal reports Mayor Greg Davis announced that the justice department approved the plan that the city submitted in September. The plan reduces the ...

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Liquor opponents get no answers from aldermen

CORINTH — The Corinth board of aldermen has declined to get into discussion of what liquor rules it might put into effective if sales are approved by voters next week. Liquor opponents pressed aldermen to announce how they planned to control how liquor is sold and where it can be sold. Corinth voters will decide Dec. 11 whether to approve ...

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State tourism officials to lobby lawmakers for more money

JACKSON — Tourism officials will ask lawmakers for more money next year to boost Mississippi’s advertising efforts. The Natchez Democrat reports tourism in Mississippi produces $390 million annually, approximately 8.1 percent of the state general fund. For every dollar spent in advertising for Mississippi tourism, the state receives five in return, said Sandy Bynum, bureau manager of the communications and ...

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T.L. Wallace wins infrastructure project at KiOR site

NATCHEZ — Adams County supervisors have approved a $522,673 to relocate a sewer line on the former Belwood County Club property, the future site of KiOR’s Natchez alternative fuel production facility. The Natchez Democrat reports the contract went to T.L. Wallace Construction. Board Attorney Scott Slover said the bid was approximately $180,000 below the county’s projected price for the project. ...

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Auditor: USM should repay post-Katrina funding

LONG BEACH — A federal auditor says FEMA should demand the return of $5.3 million of Hurricane Katrina reconstruction money from the University of Southern Mississippi. The Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General says it reviewed $12.2 million of the $41.1 million that USM received to rebuild its Gulf Park campus in Long Beach following the 2005 hurricane. FEMA officials ...

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NRC wants more info from TVA on flood protection for reactors

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — Nuclear power plant regulators want more specific information from TVA on how the utility plans to protect reactors in case of severe flooding. According to the Chattanooga (Tenn.) Times Free Press, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission heard TVA’s flood plans and scheduled another meeting on Dec. 13, seeking more information. An NRC project manager at the meeting in ...

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Toyota, four community colleges form training partnership

BLUE SPRINGS — Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi and four community colleges are launching a partnership to train people for advanced manufacturing jobs. The Advanced Manufacturing Technician Program gives students the chance to take two days of classroom instruction in Belden and three days of hands-on experience at Toyota’s Blue Springs plant. Participants will take classes their home college two days ...

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New York-based fund buys salt dome complex

SMITH COUNTY — Macquarie Infrastructure Partners II (MIP II), a North American infrastructure fund headquartered in New York, completed the acquisition of Leaf River Energy Center LLC from NGS Energy, LP. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Leaf River is an underground salt cavern facility located in Smith County. The Leaf River complex currently consists of two commercially operational ...

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