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American Council of Engineering seats officers

Allen Scott of Engineering Service was recently installed on the Executive Board of the American Council of Engineering Companies-Mississippi (ACEC/MS). Members of the 2013-2014 board include: president Jeff Dungan of Dungan Engineering, P.A.; president-elect Jimmy Nelson of Allen & Hoshall; secretary/treasurer David Bowman of Neel-Schaffer Inc.; past president Ron Cassada of Gardner Engineering, P.A.; national director David Compton of Compton ...

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WILLOUGHBY: Kirk Jeffreys keeps eye on the future

My father was a pitcher in the New York Yankees minor league system, so I grew up a passionate Yankees fan. I learned all about the lives of famous Yankees ballplayers including the iconic Babe Ruth. I remember that when he retired he not only held the record for single season home runs (60), career home runs (714), but also ...

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Alcorn to welcome students to new hospitality school in spring

The casino industry from Natchez to Tunica has grown to adulthood without a designated higher education program to train its future managers — until now. With seed money from the Ayers higher education settlement of the early part of the last decade, Alcorn State University this spring will open its School of Hospitality and Gaming Management at its new Vicksburg ...

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New curbs on military surplus gun imports among Obama’s new firearms rules

WASHINGTON — Striving to take action where Congress would not, the Obama administration announced new steps Thursday on gun control, curbing the import of military surplus weapons and proposing to close a little-known loophole that lets felons and others circumvent background checks by registering guns to corporations, the Associated Press reports. Four months after a gun control drive collapsed spectacularly ...

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Matching firms, foreign markets vital part of state’s trade plan

The way Mississippi Development Authority officials see it, helping to match businesses in the state with foreign markets is as practical as a financial planner advising a client to diversify an investment portfolio. MDA’s efforts include setting up meetings for Mississippi business leaders in foreign countries, organizing trade fairs and overseeing a network of representatives looking after the state’s interests ...

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St. John, officials celebrate reopening of new-look Purple Parrot

HATTIESBURG — Robert St. John and state and local officials gathered today for the re-opening of the newly remodeled Purple Parrot Café and the addition of the new dining establishment, Branch. The renovation marks an investment of $1.3 million. “Today is an exciting day as we re-open the Purple Parrot Café in Hattiesburg and welcome the addition of Branch,” said ...

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BancorpSouth increases dividend for first time in two years

TUPELO — The BancorpSouth Inc. board of directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.05 per common share, which is a $0.04 per share or 400 percent increase over the company’s previous quarterly dividend payment of $0.01 per common share. The dividend is payable Oct. 1 to shareholders of record at the close of business on Sept. 13. The ...

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Full House closes on financing, signs contracts for Silver Slipper hotel

HANCOCK COUNTY — Full House Resorts has closed on an amendment to its first lien credit agreement to provide for a $10-million loan from its first lien facility lenders, which will be used to fund a portion of the approximate $17.7-million construction of a 142-room hotel at the Silver Slipper Casino in Hancock County. Full House also has signed construction ...

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