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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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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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Coast hospital gets CON to build new facility

BILOXI — Harrison HMA, LLC, d/b/a Gulf Coast Medical Center, has received certificate of need (CON) authority for the construction, relocation and replacement of the existing Gulf Coast Medical Center, currently located 300 yards from the Gulf of Mexico. The proposed project will relocate the 144-bed acute care facility four miles north of the coastline in Biloxi. The relocated facility ...

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City awards contract for harbor project; repairs piers

PASS CHRISTIAN —The city of Pass Christian has awarded a $13.8 million contract for the final phase of its harbor expansion project. The Sea Coast Echo reports the board of aldermen awarded the contract to Silverton Construction of Jackson. Mayor Chipper McDermott says work on the 10-month contract is expected to begin immediately since Silverton is currently on site completing ...

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Former mill owner charged after massive fish kill

PEARL RIVER — The Justice Department has filed two criminal misdemeanor charges against Temple-Inland, the former owner of a paper mill in Bogalusa, La., for violating federal environmental laws. The charges stem from a five-day spill of pollutants from the company’s paper plant into the Pearl River in August 2011. A bill of information filed in U.S. District Court in ...

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Ex-MDA employee pleads not guilty to steering contracts

GREENVILLE — A former state employee has waived an arraignment hearing and pleaded not guilty to charges of taking bribes for steering work to a Mound Bayou contractor. Former Mississippi Development Authority worker Connie Lewis, 52, of Jackson faces nine counts of bribery. She’s accused of accepting more than $250,000 from Jimmy Stokes to use her MDA job to steer ...

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