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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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East chosen as chief

Joey East is the new police chief in Oxford. East, the city’s assistant chief, was named to the post effective Feb. 1. East is the son of Lafayette County sheriff F.D. “Buddy” East. East will succeed Mike Martin, who is retiring. Martin was named police chief in September of 2007. The 42-year-old East has been in law enforcement for almost ...

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Neel receives honor

The 2012 recipient of the American Council of Engineering Companies-Mississippi Teddy Roosevelt Award is Hibbett Neel, president of Neel-Schaffer Inc., which he co-founded in 1983. Neel received his undergraduate degree in civil engineering from Vanderbilt and earned a master’s degree at the Georgia Institute of Technology and served as an officer in the U.S. Army. He has been an active ...

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Seven city officials, including mayor, switch to GOP

FARMINGTON — Farmington’s mayor, five-member board of aldermen and chief of police are now Republicans. Mayor Dale Fortenberry tells the Daily Corinthian he and the aldermen — who Fortenberry says were all elected as independents — had talked about joining the Republican Party for a long time. There is no party registration in Mississippi. During the announcement at the city ...

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Read December 21 issue of MBJ

>> BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR Fashion designer Libby Story McRight finds niche creating old business  by Ted Carter Also in this week’s paper: >> DINING Mother Cluckers serving up comfort food in Pass Christian by Lisa Monti >> KEMPER UPDATE Can union labor save coal plant?— by Clay Chandler >> RANKING Forbes gives poor grades to Mississippi— by Ted ...

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Five Guys comes to Hattiesburg

Golden Eagles now have a new place to pop in for a hamburger and fries. Jackson-based Eat Here Brands has announced the opening of a new Five Guys Burger and Fries at 6095 Hardy Street in Hattiesburg. The popular Zagat award-winning, quick-service restaurant already has a location at Turtle Creek Mall and has also enjoyed a successful run in the ...

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MEMA releases update on Christmas Day storm damage

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — More than 25 people were injured and at least 70 homes were damaged in Mississippi by the severe storms that pushed across the South on Christmas Day, authorities said. Damages have been reported in 12 counties and officials continue to assess the situation, but there have been no reports of fatalities in Mississippi, Mississippi Emergency Management spokesman ...

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Mayor pushing to establish medical corridor in city

MERIDIAN — Mayor Cheri Barry says plans are being made to establish a medical corridor in the east Mississippi city. Barry tells WTOK-TV in Meridian the project is in the early stages. The city of Jackson has a similar project in the works. State law passed in 2012 will create medical zones across the state anchored by facilities with more ...

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