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Bauer rankings reflect strong Q3 showing for Mississippi banks

A total of 45 Mississippi banks and saving and loans garnered five-star ratings from Bauer Financial Services in the third quarter. Of Mississippi’s largest banks, the $20 billion Hancock Bank of Gulfport was the only one to receive five stars, though Jackson’s Trustmark and Tupelo’s Renasant performed well enough to gain four stars each. BancorpSouth, the state’s second largest bank ...

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Red Square Clothing to open at Jackson's Highland Village

WS Development announces that Red Square Clothing Company will open a location at Highland Village, adding another unique Jackson-based specialty retailer to the center’s tenant mix. Highland Village will represent Red Square’s second shop in the Jackson area. Owner/manager Myles Harris debuted the clothing retailer’s first store five years ago. Red Square offers a full line of unisex clothing and ...

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Summer rains mean lower TVA power bills

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — The Tennessee Valley Authority says an unusually wet summer has translated into lower electric bills for customers. John McCormick, Tennessee Valley Authority’s vice president for river operations, said in a statement that the rain kept the utility’s hydroelectric dams, which provide the cheapest source of energy, working overdrive. Scott Brooks, a Nashville-based TVA spokesman, told The Tennessean ...

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DMR reopens oyster reefs after two-week closure

GULF OF MEXICO — The Department of Marine Resources has reopened oyster reefs in Pass Christian and Henderson Point. The reefs also include Handkerchief Reef and northern areas of Pass Marianne and Telegraph reefs. The areas were closed Nov. 26. All other reefs remain closed until testing shows they are once again safe for human consumption. All other oyster harvest ...

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Ex-police officer learning consequences of social media misuse

It seems a rather simple proposition — use social media wisely or face the consequences. Yet, there continues to be a lack of awareness as to the ramifications of social media misuse and what constitutes legally protected free speech. A former Delta police officer is learning that the hard way. A federal judge has ruled against a former police officer ...

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Wiseman retiring after nearly 30 years with Stennis Institute

STARKVILLE — Dr. Marty Wiseman, executive director of the John C. Stennis Institute of Government & Community Development at Mississippi State University, will retire Dec. 31. The school and Wiseman made the announcement yesterday. Wiseman’s work has focused on public administration and Mississippi government. A native Mississippian, he received his Ph.D. from Mississippi State University and has been at MSU ...

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Judge approves town's annexation; mayor expects growth

SHERMAN — The town of Sherman has been given the go-ahead to double in geographic size. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Chancery Judge Talmadge Littlejohn approved Sherman’s annexation plan yesterday after the third public hearing. The town of 650 people, with portions located in Pontotoc, Lee and Union counties, will add about 30 residents with the expansion, which should ...

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Supervisors hire team for addition to Ingalls' training complex

PASCAGOULA — Jackson County supervisors have hired an engineer, an architect and a grant administrator to design and handle a $1.3-million addition to the new Haley Reeves Barbour Maritime Training facility at Ingalls shipyard. The Sun Herald reports the addition has been ordered before the Barbour building was put into use. It is called the Basic Skill Training Annex and ...

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Report: State should be spending more to keep kids tobacco-free

A national ranking has been released that does not have Mississippi at the bottom, but the report finds the state should rank higher. Fifteen years after the 1998 state tobacco settlement, Mississippi ranks 16th in the nation in funding programs to prevent kids from smoking and help smokers quit, according to a national report released today by a coalition of ...

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