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Shipbuilder to hold ceremony for Coast Guard cutter

PASCAGOULA — Ingalls Shipbuilding will hold a keel authentication Friday in Pascagoula for its fifth U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter James (WMSL 754). Ingalls President Irwin F. Edenzon and David Blackburn, director of the USCG Project Resident Office Gulf Coast, are scheduled to speak at the 10 a.m. event at the shipyard. The security cutter is named for Joshua ...

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Two men, tobacco company indicted for contraband cigarettes

OXFORD — Two Kentucky men and a tobacco company have been indicted for their alleged involvement in the trafficking of contraband cigarettes. David Brian Cooper, 47, George Bertram, 53, both of Jamestown, Ky., and Tantus Tobacco Co of Russell Springs, Ky., pleaded not guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Oxford. Trial is scheduled for July 8. The two men ...

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Memorial Hospital names STARs

Memorial Hospital at Gulfport has named the recipients of the first quarter 2013 Star awards, Memorial’s highest honor. STAR (Service, Teamwork, Attitude and Respect) recognizes outstanding customer service. The recipients are: Phyllis Fears, Senior psych tech, Memorial Behavioral Health; Al Pittman, RN, ICU; Dr. Fred Pakron, Physician Clinics, pulmonology; Connie Keel, director, medical staff services; Gloria McGee, team leader, environmental ...

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Tunica casinos get new general managers

Foundation Gaming Group, LLC has appointed Eddie Llambias as vice president and general manager of Bally’s Casino and Tony Scudiero as vice president and general manger of Resorts Casino, both located in Tunica. Llambias has more than 25 years of experience in the casino and hospitality industry, most recently as the general manager of the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, ...

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Hattiesburg Clinic chooses Jesse Williams

Hattiesburg Clinic recently selected Jesse Williams, PC technician for IS, as the PRIDE of Hattiesburg Clinic Employee of the Quarter for the first quarter of 2013. He was selected from over 250 nominations this quarter. Williams has been a Hattiesburg Clinic employee since October 2010. He started as a PC technician I and became a PC technician II in July ...

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Donald Grebner co-authors forestry book

Mississippi State University professor Donald Grebner is the lead author on a new forestry and natural resources textbook. “Introduction to Forestry and Natural Resources” provides a general overview of the forestry and natural resources profession, as well as the history of forestry, landowner objectives, forest disturbances, ecosystem services and urban forestry. Grebner, professor in MSU’s College of Forest Resources, spent ...

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Steve Taylor chosen as MSU distance education director

Steve Taylor is the new executive director of Mississippi State’s Center for Distance Education. For more than 25 years, Taylor has been a part of the faculty and administration at the university, a place he planned to work for just a few years. A Virginia Tech University doctoral graduate, Taylor came to the MSU campus as an assistant professor of ...

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Regions Insurance expands employee benefits practice

Regions Insurance, an affiliate of Regions Bank, has expanded its employee benefits practice in Jackson. Mickey Watkins, owner of Employee Benefit Resource Group, along with associates Susan Rayborn and Ashley Williams, has joined Regions Insurance Group. Watkins began his insurance career with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Mississippi as manager and then director of the Rating and Underwriting Department ...

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Alexandra Hui awarded National Science Foundation grant

Mississippi State University assistant history professor Alexandra Hui has been awarded the first major National Science Foundation grant ever presented to a humanities department at the university. Hui won a year-long $155,000 grant to study how the perception of sound has changed over time. Hui plans to study a new type of listening that has developed with the technology and ...

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CRAWFORD: Is a taint of tyranny infecting our Medicaid standoff?

The dictionary defines “tyranny” as oppressive power exerted by government. Founder Thomas Jefferson warned “Experience hath shown, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.” Is a taint of tyranny infecting our Medicaid standoff? Compare the Senate’s actions with those of the House and the ...

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