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Presley retiring at CCC

Dr. Vivian Mathews Presley, president of Coahoma Community College for more than two decades, and the first woman to head a community or junior college in Mississippi, will retire June 30. Johnny McGlown, chairman of the board of trustees, says a search committee has been organized to name her successor. He says the application deadline is Feb. 22. Presley was ...

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Hope springs eternal for everyone of us

As I look back at 2012 and forward into 2013, the one thing that keeps coming to mind is hope and one of my favorite movie quotes. At the end of the movie Shawshank Redemption, Andy Dufresne — in a letter to Red, played by Morgan Freeman — writes “Remember Red, hope is a good thing. maybe the best of ...

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State takes a hit on Twin Creeks

Twin Creeks will not be making solar panels in Senatobia. The company has been sold, and the buyer will not honor the agreement the company had made with the state. In 2011, lawmakers approved a $50 million loan package, about half of which the company got from the state to build an 80,000 square-foot production facility and to buy equipment. ...

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Third time a charm for ‘high-gravity’

In April, Gov. Phil Bryant signed Senate Bill 2878. It wasn’t just any piece of legislation. It was the payoff for years of hard work by a grassroots beer advocacy organization that had sought to raise Mississippi’s cap on beer alcohol content. The bill raised the cap from 5 percent, which was the lowest in the U.S., to 8 percent ...

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Hurricane Isaac leaves damage, memories of Katrina in its wake

Hurricane Isaac leaves damage, memories of Katrina in its wake On Aug. 28, almost seven years to the day Hurricane Katrina struck the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Hurricane Isaac blasted the same area. Though only a Category 2 storm, Isaac’s arrival at high tide, its direction and slow movement caused widespread damage and destruction across South and Central Mississippi from storm ...

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Read December 28 issue of MBJ

>> OUR TOP STORIES OF 2012 Hurricane Isaac, the Mississippi River, Republicans, GreenTech Automotive and “high gravity” legislation were some of the biggest stories of the year Also in this week’s paper: >> MORE TOP STORIES MPC coal plant awaits court ruling, Twin Creeks falls through, remembering Mayor Chuck Jordan >> MBJ-TV Glen Campbell, Mitt Romney and Bill Clinton star ...

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Rent-to-own company chooses Ideal solution

MERIDIAN — Buddy’s Home Furnishings, an independent rent-to-own dealer based in Tampa, Fla., has chosen the VersiRent business information system from Ideal Software Systems for its 128 store locations and home office. Salvatore Moccia, chief information officer at Buddy’s, said that the company conducted extensive research within and outside the industry, comparing more than 200 feature points from several business ...

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Better flood rating drops residents' insurance premiums

PICAYUNE — An improved flood prone rating means Pearl River County residents will see a 10 percent reduction in monthly insurance premiums. The Picayune Item reports county planner Ed Pinero Jr. says the county has moved from an insurance rating of 10 to 8. The lower the rating, the lower the premiums. Pinero says the county went through a lengthy ...

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After eight years, port road project is completed

NATCHEZ — Nearly eight years after its conception and after a number of unavoidable delays, construction on the $3.6 million port road project that will save miles of traffic time for some transport routes is complete. Adams County Engineer Jim Marlow tells The Natchez Democrat the Government Fleet Road extension project, which will save seven miles round-trip for drivers entering ...

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