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Bribery gets former Greenville schools chief 76 months

  Accepting bribes from a school contractor has led to a federal prison sentence of six years and four months for Harvey Franklin, former Greenville Public Schools superintendent. Franklin faced up to 25 years imprisonment. In exchange for guilty pleas, he received 76 months each on two counts and 60 months on a third count at his sentencing Wednesday. They ...

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Sweet potato event wins award for promoting research

STARKVILLE — A sweet potato production conference organized by Mississippi State University faculty and collaborators in other states won a national award on Nov. 10 for excellence in promoting multistate research. MSU faculty Ramon Arancibia, Raja Reddy, Steve Meyers, Mark Shankle, Juan Silva, Jason Ward and Filip To are members of the National Sweetpotato Collaborators working group that planned the ...

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Ex-school superintendent gets jail time for bribery

GREENVILLE — The former superintendent of a school district in the Mississippi Delta has been sentenced to more than six years in prison for bribery related to a $1.4 million reading program for children. Former Greenville Public School District superintendent Harvey Franklin was sentenced to 76 months Wednesday for taking more than $270,000 in bribes to influence the school board ...

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Are those reindeer or Clydesdales?

If you hear the clatter of hooves this holiday season, it might be reindeer. Then again, it might be some really big horses. The Budweiser Clydesdales, the symbol of quality and tradition for Anheuser-Busch since 1933, are scheduled to make several appearances in the area in December. The eight-horse hitch, along with the famous red beer wagon, will start the ...

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MSU sets new policy for commercial tailgating

STARKVILLE — New policies addressing commercial tailgating companies and tent setup have been adopted by the Mississippi State University administration. Initially created this summer by the Game Day Operations Committee, the policies are designed to manage the expansion of commercial tailgating companies in areas traditionally used by fans who set up their own tents and tailgating facilities. University officials approved ...

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Chamber director fired; board mum on reason

SOUTHAVEN — Ginger Adams, the executive director of the Southaven Chamber of Commerce, has been fired. Jeff Field, the president of the Chamber board of directors, called the termination “a personnel decision the board of directors made.” Field said the board decided it was time to go in a different direction. Adams said in a telephone interview yesterday with The ...

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Venture Technologies joins program at silver level

RIDGELAND — Venture Technologies has joined the EMC Velocity Service Provider Program as a silver level participant. Venture’s cloud services (VTCloud) are based on leading EMC technologies, and are focused on enabling their customers to easily transition to the cloud. Venture offers a consolidated customer focused approach to designing, architecting and running an environment that coordinates Private Cloud with compatible ...

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Work begins on demolition of harbor facilities

OCEAN SPRINGS — Demolition has begun on a vacant boat storage shed and a restaurant will be come down next at the Ocean Springs Harbor. The Sun Herald reports that Southern Recycling and Demolition Inc. of D’Iberville has 90 days to do the work. Thomas Hickman, owner of Southern Recycling, said once workers get the sheet metal off, they will ...

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Two years later and aquarium project remains in limbo

D’IBERVILLE — Two years after ground was broken for Ocean Expo Aquarium along Interstate 10, the lot remains vacant and the lease between the city and aquarium developer Moby Solangi has expired. The attraction that was forecast to draw a million visitors a year when it opened in 2014 still exists only on paper, and the city and Solangi are ...

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Restoration begins on Coast's 'other' lighthouse

While the historic Biloxi Lighthouse is an icon of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, there is another lighthouse nearby and it is getting a new paint job. Now, officials will turn to renovating the structure’s interior. Workers are whitewashing the Round Island Lighthouse, rebuilt at the foot of the U.S. 90 high-rise bridge in Pascagoula. City officials said in July the ...

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