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Pickett to chair parole board, Townsend takes at-large position

JACKSON, Mississippi – Gov. Phil Bryant selected Steven Pickett to chair the State Parole Board, and Butch Townsend is leaving the Pearl Police Department to serve as the board’s at-large member. Pickett will replace the board’s current chairman, Doug Davis, who plans to resign Oct. 15 to become chief of staff for Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. Townsend was tapped ...

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Former senator and parole board chairman hired by Secretary of State

JACKSON, Mississippi — Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann has hired Desoto County native Doug Davis to serve as Chief of Staff for the Agency. “Doug has a long served the citizens of the State of Mississippi,” says Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. “No doubt his legislative experience, extensive background in policy, and commitment to our State will be an asset ...

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State's longest-running TV news program gets new time slots

An iconic local television news program that is still airing after five decades is moving to a new time. Farmweek, the state’s oldest and only locally produced agricultural television news show, has moved to Saturdays at 6 p.m. and Mondays at 6 a.m. on Mississippi Public Broadcasting. The show also can be seen on the nationwide satellite and cable TV ...

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Water Valley man breaks record for largest watermelon

It might be a little late in the year to be eating watermelon, but it obviously is a great time for growing them. According to a report from WCBI-TV, Jerry Vaughn of Water Valley now holds the state record for growing the largest watermelon. The monster melon weighed a record 239.5 pounds. It’s 38 inches long with a girth of ...

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Event looks to put businesses in vacant downtown buildings

Two economic development organizations and a public university have teamed up for an event aimed at matching businesses with available sites in Natchez. On Nov. 9, “Possibilities Tour: Turning Deserted Spaces into Dynamic Places” will be held from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. in downtown Natchez, and will showcase 12 vacant buildings on Main and Franklin streets that are available for sale ...

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After drilling issues, Goodrich pumping oil in Tuscaloosa Marine Shale

WILKINSON COUNTY — Goodrich Petroleum Corporation of Houston, Texas, has completed its CMR-Foster Creek 20-7H-1 well in the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale in Wilkinson County. According to the company, the well was successfully drilled with a 6,200 foot lateral and fracture stimulated with 23 stages but encountered completion issues while drilling out the frac plugs with coiled tubing resulting in the ...

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Convention center director reassigned; praised by company president

VICKSBURG — The operator of the Vicksburg Convention Center is moving VCC executive director Troy Thorn to another post and will begin looking for new leader. The Vicksburg Post reports that Thorn came to the VCC in January 2012 replacing Larry Gawronski, who left to accept a similar position managing the Bridge View Center in Ottumwa, Iowa. During Thorn’s tenure ...

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Bids under review for demolition of facilities at harbor

OCEAN SPRINGS — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources is awaiting a review of 10 bids for the demolition and removal of a vacant boat storage shed and a restaurant at the Ocean Springs Harbor. MDMR spokeswoman Melissa Scallan tells The Sun Herald that the bids ranged from $119,000 to $433,000. Scallan said the bids they must be reviewed by ...

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