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County circuit clerk gets her job back — again

VICKSBURG — Warren County Circuit Clerk Shelly Ashley-Palmertree was out of a job for about 35 minutes today. But her job was saved a second time by Judge Isadore Patrick. Patrick signed an order returning Ashley-Palmertree to her job from which the Warren County Board of Supervisors had removed her earlier in the day. The judge’s action gives Ashley-Palmertree until ...

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Presley announces effort to bring high-speed internet to rural north Mississippi

JACKSON, Mississippi – Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley announced today a new effort to enlist the public in bringing high speed internet access to North Mississippi. In the vein of the highly successful Zap the Gap campaign which gathers information on wireless cell phone coverage, Presley introduced the Broadband Survey as a means of identifying areas lacking high speed internet. ...

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Mississippi Arts Commission names Tom Pearson as its new executive director

JACKSON, Mississippi —  The Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC) Board of Commissioners has named Dr. Tom Pearson, a native of Hattiesburg, as the agency’s new Executive Director. Pearson will begin his new position in early August, and will work with the Board and the 12 member staff to plan for the future of the agency. “After six months of diligent work ...

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Sluggo Davis elected President of the Mississippi Chancery Clerks Association; board named

TUPELO – During its 90th Annual Convention held in Tupelo last month, W. E. “Sluggo” Davis of DeSoto County was elected President of the Mississippi Chancery Clerks Association. Doug Touchstone of Pike County was elected Vice President, and Arthur Johnston of Madison County was elected Secretary Treasurer. “This is a big honor for me and for DeSoto County,” said Davis ...

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(BUSINESS VIDEO) Michael Green: Why we should build wooden skyscrapers

Building a skyscraper? Forget about steel and concrete, says architect Michael Green, and build it out of … wood. As he details in this intriguing talk, it’s not only possible to build safe wooden structures up to 30 stories tall (and, he hopes, higher), it’s necessary. In this Ted Talk, Michael Green says he wants to solve architecture’s biggest challenge ...

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Tenn. man, pivotal in beef plant scheme, released from prison

OAKLAND — A key figure in Mississippi’s beef plant scandal has been placed on supervised release and freed from prison. Richard Hall, of Clarksville, Tenn., was sentenced to eight years in Mississippi prison on three counts of wire fraud for his role in the failure of the plant. He entered state prison in May 2012 after he was released from ...

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City, county sell 24 parcels of tax-forfeited property

PIKE COUNTY — A recent sale of tax-forfeited lands in McComb and Pike County generated approximately $37,706. “Tax-forfeited lands lie dormant with the state and do not generate any money for our counties and our municipalities,” says Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. “The sale of these tax-forfeited lands not only generated $37,706, but will also generate tax revenue for our cities ...

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Katrina Cottages project hits snags in Greenwood

GREENWOOD — Bill Crump says recent setbacks for the Baptist Town project won’t prevent it from moving forward. “We are committed to getting this project completed one way or another,” the chairman of the Greenwood-Leflore-Carroll Economic Development Foundation said. Two new setbacks recently were added to the list of challenges the project has faced since its inception in 2010. The ...

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FEMA awards grants for three projects, including fortifying Coast hospital

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) reports that more than $18.3 million in federal funding has been approved for disaster mitigation activities in South Mississippi, including funding to reinforce the Singing River Hospital in Pascagoula and to build a special medical needs shelter in Stone County. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved three Hazard Mitigation Grant ...

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Asper resigns from CMR after 19 years of service

BILOXI — Dr. Vernon Asper is resigning after serving 19 years on the Commission on Marine Resources. Jamie Miller, executive director of the Department of Marine Resources, said, “I would like to thank Dr. Asper for his 19 years of service with the Commission on Marine Resources. His leadership has been invaluable to the Commission and the Agency, and we ...

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