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Hail damage closes Clinton school for rest of the year

Hail damage Monday at Clinton’s Lovett Elementary School is enough to close the school for the rest of the school year. Parents, teachers, school district employees and volunteers were busy Wednesday packing up and preparing for a move into the old Eastside Elementary campus. Lovett’s roof was badly damaged by baseball-size hail in the area and will have to be ...

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Sequester could ground subsidized commercial service to state’s regional airports

Air travelers accustomed to catching Silver Airways flights out of Hattiesburg, Meridian, Greenville and Tupelo may soon have to rethink their travel plans. As with a series of other disruptions occurring at airports large and small around the country, the culprit is the federal budget sequester, a series of across-the-board cuts brought about by the failure of Congress and the ...

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CVS pharmacy chain wants its workers’ fat facts

One of the country’s largest pharmacy chains is asking its workers to find out how fat they are and then disclose it to their insurance provider. Not only is that company, CVS Caremark, telling workers who use its health insurance plan to have a doctor determine their height, weight, body fat, blood pressure and other health indicators. It is also ...

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How healthy is your Mississippi county? As a state, Mississippi ranks last — again

The healthiest Mississippians live in Desoto County and the least healthiest in the Delta’s Quitman County. Those are among the conclusions in the fourth annual County Health Rankings released Wednesday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The County Health Rankings rank the overall health of nearly every county in all 50 states. ...

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Commission offers online applications for first time

JACKSON — The Mississippi Athletic Commission recently released online applications for sports licenses and event permits. It is the first-ever online service launched by the Commission. “These convenient online services enable citizens to securely purchase a license or an event permit in a few quick and easy steps,” said Jon Lewis, Mississippi Athletic Commission chairman. “This online process will save ...

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Magazine ranks accounting firm in top 50 in U.S.

JACKSON — Accounting Today has released its annual list of Top 50 accounting firms and ranks HORNE LLP as the 49th largest firm in the nation by revenue. HORNE ranks as the fourth largest accounting and business advisory firm in the Gulf Coast region with 12 offices spread throughout the Southeast in five states. HORNE reported annual revenues of $63.29 ...

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Beer wholesaler becomes inaugural recipient of award

TUPELO — Mitchell Distributing Company was recognized by Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABI) as one of the top wholesalers in the country at the annual Wholesalers Excellence Meeting in Las Vegas. Mitchell Distributing was selected as an inaugural recipient of the Ambassadors of Excellence Award, an award granted to wholesalers who have earned “Top Performer” status for three consecutive years. Only seven ...

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Eighteen counties, state agencies see damage from storm

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and other state agencies continue to assess damages from severe weather that moved through the state Monday, bringing damaging winds and large hail. Seven state agencies, including MEMA, have reported damage. They are: • MEMA: Damage to 34 fleet vehicles, satellite radio communication systems, additional response equipment and the State Emergency Operations ...

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Auditor returns nearly $100K to county following investigation

IUKA — State Auditor Stacey Pickering has returned $92,583.71 to the Tishomingo County Board of Supervisors following an investigation into former Chancery Clerk Hayden Ables’ misappropriation of public funds. The Auditor’s Office found that Ables used his position as chancery clerk to obtain personal benefit for services he did not perform. Ables submitted false documentation to the Tishomingo County Board ...

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Bankrupt company says it owes county nothing

MERIDIAN — The financial consultant brought into reorganize bankrupt Handy Hardware says the Texas company disputes a claim by the state of Mississippi that it owes $3.5 million to Lauderdale County. Handy Hardware President Morrie Aaron cites a 2009 memorandum of agreement that says Handy would not have to repay a federal Community Development Block Grant used to improve the ...

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