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Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber announces scholarship program

CLEVELAND, Mississippi – The Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce is looking for applicants for its 2014 Chamber Scholars Program. All seniors who are enrolled in accredited schools in Bolivar County may apply for the $400 scholarships. Students must have a minimum grade point of 2.5 and a minimum ACT score of 18. A panel of judges selects applicants based on ...

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Uncle Ben’s recalls rice product

GREENVILLE — Following reports of illness among several teachers and schoolchildren in Texas, Greenville’s Mars Foodservices U.S. has issued a voluntary recall of its Uncle Ben’s Infused Rice sold to wholesale suppliers, the Delta Democrat Times reports. The recall does not affect Uncle Ben’s ready-to-heat, boxed, bag and cup products, which are sold in supermarkets and other retail outlets.  

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Council vote makes make pro baseball in Biloxi official

The extended process of bringing baseball to Biloxi has come to an end. Now it’s time to build, then play. The Biloxi City Council passed five measures Tuesday, opening the door to begin construction of a $36 million minor league stadium across the street from the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino. In votes of 5-2, the council accepted $15 million ...

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Neel-Schaffer announces Keith Purvis as Vice President

JACKSON, Mississippi —  Keith Purvis, PE, has been promoted to Vice President of Transportation of Neel-Schaffer. Purvis joined Neel-Schaffer in 2011 after retiring from the Mississippi Department of Transportation as an Assistant Chief Engineer. Purvis leads Neel-Schaffer’s transportation department, working out of the firm’s headquarters office in Jackson, providing expertise on projects throughout Mississippi. “Keith has been a great addition ...

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Model Contractor Development Program begins Feb. 20 in Jackson

JACKSON, Mississippi – The Mississippi Development Authority will kick off its Model Contractor Development Program workshop series on Thursday, Feb. 20 in the fifth floor training room of the Strayer University building, 460 Briarwood Drive in Jackson. The nine weekly workshops are designed to teach small contractors and businesses practices that will improve their company’s operations and increase their bonding ...

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Charles McCrary to step down as CEO of Alabama Power

Charles McCrary will step down as chief executive officer at Alabama Power Co. at the end of the month, according to the Birmingham Business Journal. McCrary, who has led Alabama Power for 13 years, will be replaced by Mark A. Crosswhite, according to a release from the company. Crosswhite most recently served as COO at Alabama Power parent Southern Co. ...

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Mississippi sets export record for 4th straight year

WASHINGTON – Mississippi is one of 16 states to set a record for exports in 2013, according to a release today by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. Last year was the fourth consecutive year Mississippi has set an export record. Exports last year were $12.4 billion, compared to $11.8 billion in 2012. The export levels have risen steadily since ...

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Silver Airways agrees to cut back flights in Tupelo

Silver Airways has agreed to reduce the number of roundtrip flights between Greenville, Tupelo and Atlanta, as requested by the mayors and airport officials of the Mississippi cities a couple of weeks ago. silverairwayslogo The new schedule will begin March 3, but details are still being worked out. Tupelo Regional Airport executive director Josh Abramson said he’s getting more details ...

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Senators write Obama concerning propane supplies

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss) are among 29 senators who have asked the Obama administration to be more engaged in overcoming a steep drop in propane supplies, a situation that is driving up prices for rural residents and farmers, according to the senators. In a letter sent to President Obama yester, the bipartisan ...

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Anderson leaving Singing River; going to Baptist

PASCAGOULA — Chris Anderson, CEO of Singing River Health System (SRHS) since 1998, is leaving to take a similar position at Baptist Health Systems in Jackson. His last day at SRHS will be March 1. Anderson originally came to SRHS in 1994 as controller. He steadily moved through the administrative ranks until being appointed CEO on June 1, 1998. “Chris ...

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