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Mende Alford named MBJ's Businesswoman of the Year

Mende Malouf Alford was named the Mississippi Business Journal’s 2013 Businesswoman of the Year during a ceremony Monday at the Hilton in Jackson. Alford, the general manager/owner of the Old Capitol Inn Boutique Hotel in Jackson, has turned being in the hospitality business into a fine art. It has led to her Old Capitol Inn being the “in” place for ...

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Senators criticize Commerce over catfish import policing

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss) say catfish producers in Mississippi and other states are being harmed by the U.S. Department of Commerce not doing enough to stem a flood of imported fish products. Cochran and Wicker have signed a letter to acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank urging her to enforce an anti-dumping order ...

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Woman gets 10-year sentence for embezzling $277K

SARDIS — A Sardis woman has been sentenced to serve 10 years in prison for stealing $277,000 from her employer. Prosecutors say Samantha Johnson was working for a Batesville lawyer and used the law firm account to pay off the mortgage on her mother’s mobile home; buy her sister a mobile home; purchase an automobile for her daughter; and take ...

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MEMA gives update on storm damage; thousands without power

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) has issued an update on the damage and injuries caused by yesterday’s potent storm system. MEMA has received reports of damage from seven counties as a result of severe weather that moved through the state. No fatalities have been reported. The state has deployed a mobile communications trailer and is establishing ...

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Agency asking for help in tracking turkey populations

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks is seeking information from hunters to keep track of turkey populations in the state. Adam Butler, wild turkey program biologist, said the spring gobbler hunter survey is one of the most reliable data sets used to monitor Mississippi turkeys. Currently, more than 1,200 turkey hunters participate in the program, but ...

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Mall could qualify for tax incentive funds via 'cultural retailing'

PEARL — The state Senate has passed a bill to add “cultural retail” attractions to the definition of a tourism project so an outlet mall being built in Pearl will qualify for about $22 million in sales tax incentive funds. State Sen. Dean Kirby, R-Pearl, tells The Clarion-Ledger the state will get a lot more than $22 million from the ...

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Tourism tax collections up in the Land of Elvis

TUPELO — Tourism tax receipts in Tupelo hit at least $300,000 benchmark in three of the first four months in the current fiscal year, the Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau says. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports tax revenue rose almost 4 percent for the fiscal year. November’s revenue was $311,809 — a record for the month — compared to ...

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New hospital now hiring; set to open in August

OLIVE BRANCH — Olive Branch’s new hospital is seeking applicants for leadership positions as it moves toward an August a summer opening. The Commercial Appeal reports Methodist Hospital intends to continue hiring through spring and into the summer months. The hospital expects to hire about 240 people to work at the 100-bed hospital, which is under construction near U.S. Highway ...

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Tornado leaves injuries, destruction in Hub City and surrounding areas

HATTIESBURG — Residents shaken by a tornado that mangled homes in Mississippi were waking up today to a day of removing trees, patching roofs and giving thanks for their survival. More than a dozen in the state were injured. Daylight also offered emergency management officials the chance to get a better handle on the damage that stretched across several counties. ...

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Former carpet mill to be razed; site to offer green space

GREENVILLE — The city of Greenville will tear down the old US Axminister Carpet Mills plant and convert the site into green space. The Delta Democrat Times reports the city this past week approved a demolition contract with Huntington Machinery Inc. and Gentry Demolition LLC. The companies will tear down the building, which has been empty for about a decade. ...

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