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Ridgeland’s LockerBones scheduled for Friday night’s Shark Tank

Greg Cronin did what any good dad would do. He used his ingenuity to help solve a problem for his daughter Ashley. Now, he’s hoping an appearance Friday night on ABC’s Shark Tank will open more doors — particularly locker doors. On Shark Tank, Cronin will introduce his product LockerBones, wondering if one of the investors on the panel will ...

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Hood, groups petitioning for change in open records law enforcement

GREENWOOD — Mississippi Ethics Commission director Tom Hood and good government groups are asking the Legislature to give the agency more authority to enforce the state’s Public Records Act. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports that Hood told a local civic club that while his agency can encourage public bodies to follow the law when it comes to providing records, it can ...

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Town to lose only bank with closing of Regions branch

TERRY — Regions is closing its branch in the town of Terry on March 14. The move will leave the town without a local bank. Regions says accounts will be transferred to the Byram branch, some seven miles away. Terry is town of about 1,100 people south of Jackson. Mayor Roderick Nicholson tells The Clarion-Ledger that the decision will create ...

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Cochran issues statement on unemployment benefits standoff

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) has issued a statement regarding the latest series of votes regarding Senate legislation to extend jobless benefits to the long-term unemployed. “The economy posted its weakest job growth in three years and all Senators should have an opportunity to fully debate and vote on ideas that could help put more Americans to ...

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Sweet potato research competition launched

PITTSBORO — What will be the next innovative sweet potato product found on grocery shelves across the county? Perhaps something invented by students at Mississippi State University. Gary Jackson, director of the MSU Extension Service, launched the Sweet Potato Innovation Challenge at the Sweet Potato Council’s annual meeting Jan. 10 in Calhoun County. “The growers told us they needed additional ...

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City, company at odds over payments

NATCHEZ — The city of Natchez and Waste Pro USA are working to solve a $126,000 problem. The Natchez Democrat reports the city apparently owes Waste Pro, the company it contracts with for trash collection and disposal, because the city has been underpaying its monthly payments since July. Mayor Butch Brown said yesterday at the board of aldermen’s finance meeting ...

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MSU to hold meeting to gauge interest in Japanese culture

The coming of Yokohama Tire to the Golden Triangle has prompted one Mississippi public university to host an event aimed at measuring interest in Japanese culture. The Mississippi State University School of Human Sciences will host local community leaders at an informational meeting to gauge interest in its Japan Outreach Initiative. The meeting will be from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. ...

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Shipbuilder lays keel for Bouchard-bound barge

PASCAGOULA — VT Halter Marine has laid the keel for one of two articulated tug barge units being built for Bouchard Transportation Co. VT Halter Marine CEO Bill Skinner says in a new release that construction of the two units began in April at VT Halter Marine’s Pascagoula facility, with delivery scheduled for mid-2015. The barge measures 625 feet by ...

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Voters overwhelmingly approve new sales tax

JACKSON — City of Jackson voters have overwhelmingly approved a one percent sales tax in what city leaders hope will represent a turning point in their push to reverse decades of urban decay. With 97 percent of the precincts reporting yesterday evening, The Clarion-Ledger reports some 90 percent of voters had voted in favor of the tax. Mayor Chokwe Lumumba ...

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