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AirGuide cranks up in new Clarksdale plant

CLARKSDALE, Mississippi – A loss for Mexico and Texas officially became Clarksdale’s gain Friday as AirGuide opened a new plant here in which it will manufacture products ranging from heating-and-air conditioning fixtures to lighting designed to reduce hospital infections. The more than half-century-old company based in Hialeah, Fla., next to Miami, manufactures parts for the HVAC industry and energy efficient ...

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"Duck Dynasty" star mistaken for being homeless, thrown out of NYC hotel

The New York Daily News is reporting that A&E “Duck Dynasty” star Jase Robertson was kicked out of  a New York City hotel when staff mistook him for a vagrant. The heavily-bearded Robertson, who works for the popular Louisiana-based “Duck Commander” hunting equipment store,  joked that he was a victim of “facial profiling.” Daily News says: The famed family from ...

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Board mulling state takeover of local school district

CLAIBORNE COUNTY — The state Board of Education has pulled back from revoking the accreditation of the Claiborne County schools, but only to consider a state takeover of the district. The board announced today that it voted unanimously in closed session yesterday to order the state’s accrediting commission to determine whether there is a state of emergency in the school ...

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Weather driving down TVA electricity bills

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — A cool, wet summer continues to benefit TVA power customers in the seven-state region. Tennessee Valley Authority spokesman Scott Brooks said today that the utility is reducing its fuel adjustment charge in September to the lowest level since March 2012. The levy will fall from the current 2.22 cents per kilowatt hour to 1.96 cents. That’s 20 ...

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All American buys Check Express for undisclosed sum

MADISON and BROOKHAVEN — All American Check Cashing has completed the acquisition of Check Express of Brookhaven. Terms were not disclosed. This marks the fourth acquisition for All American this year, including the May 2013 acquisition of Cash Cure of Brookhaven. Michael Gray, president of All American Check Cashing, said, “We are still are still aggressively expand our payday and ...

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Former football star looks to score with new public relations office

Todd Smith is returning home – at least in a business sense. Smith, a former star football player (and sometimes mascot) at Jackson Academy and now president and chief communication officer of Deane, Smith and Partners, says the Jackson area is home for the new office of his Nashville-based public relations, marketing, advertising and branding agency. “I’m very excited about ...

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Baptist Memorial lays off nearly two-dozen managers

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — A health care system based in Memphis has laid off 23 managers. Baptist Memorial Health Care says the cuts were across its 14-hospital system and included managerial layoffs in pathology, cardiac rehabilitation and cardiac catheterization. Baptist spokeswoman Ayoka Pond told The Commercial Appeal yesterday that the employees who were laid off can apply for other positions in ...

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Regulators approve Renasant-First M&F merger

TUPELO — Renasant Corporation and First M&F Corporation have received regulatory approval in connection with the proposed merger of First M&F Corporation into Renasant Corporation. Subject to closing conditions contained in the merger agreement, the transaction is expected to be effective as of Sept. 1. On that date, Merchants & Farmers Bank (M&F) will become Renasant Bank, and M&F locations ...

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Extension Service offering new, free app for Apple devices

STARKVILLE — A new app from the Mississippi State University Extension Service connects the expertise of more than 150 county agents to clients wherever they are. The Mississippi Extension Service Directory is a free app available for Apple products, including the iPhone, iPad and iPod, through the app store. Users can search the directory by county, region and agent’s name. ...

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USM program receives certification from ASTL examiners

HATTIESBURG — The American Society of Transportation & Logistics Board of Examiners has approved the online master of science for logistics, trade and transportation at the University of Southern Mississippi as a certified transportation and logistics academic program. Administered by the Center for Logistics, Trade and Transportation (CLTT) at Southern Miss, the program’s graduates may now earn CTL designation with ...

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