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Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba dead at 66

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba died unexpectedly Tuesday at age 66. Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham confirmed the mayor’s death. No cause of death has been released. However, in an Associated Press story, it was reported he joked about having had a cold on Monday. Lumumba had been reported to have been suffering from an illness upon taking office and had ...

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Jackson Mayor Lumumba dead at 66

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba died unexpectedly Tuesday at age 66. Jackson TV station WAPT Channel 16 reported about 6 p.m. that the Hinds County coroner had confirmed the mayor’s death. The Detroit native and Jackson lawyer and civic activist won election in June 2013, unseating Harvey Johnson in a runoff. Lumumba had been reported to have been suffering from an ...

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Enerkem’s biofuel plant in Pontotoc still on drawing board

The Enerkem plant in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, was commissioned in December. (Courtesy photo) By Dennis Seid Daily Journal PONTOTOC – Five years have passed, and a planned $100 million ethanol plant is no closer to being built. Little has changed from a year ago, when company officials said they were committed to the project and were working to “move the ...

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Louisiana bank eyeing expansion into Mississippi

NATCHEZ — Vidalia, La.-based Delta Bank has filed applications to the Louisiana Office of Financial Institutions and FDIC to open a full-service branch in Natchez. The branch is expected to open in the next three months pending regulatory approvals and will offer a full line of financial products and services. The branch will be located at 507 John R. Junkin ...

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MSU makes top three in cybersecurity education ranking

STARKVILLE — According to a Hewlett Packard-sponsored survey by the Ponemon Institute, Mississippi State University’s cybersecurity courses and degree programs rank among the top three for academic excellence and practical relevance. Only the University of Texas at San Antonio and Norwich University in Northfield, Vt., ranked higher at first and second, respectively. Syracuse University in New York state and Carnegie ...

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First-ever fan voting for top basketball players underway

JACKSON — For the first time in the history of the awards, Mississippians have the opportunity to take part in the voting for the C Spire Howell and Gillom Trophies, which annually honor the Magnolia state’s top male and female college basketball players. C Spire, along with the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum (MSHOF), announced fan voting will ...

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Cancer Registry awards gold certification to CMMC

JACKSON — Central Mississippi Medical Center (CMMC) has received gold certification from the Mississippi Cancer Registry (MCR). The MCR began a certification process in 2008 for hospitals modeled after the central cancer registry certification conducted by the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR). The purpose of the certification process is to recognize those hospitals who have submitted timely, ...

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Gaming company shuffles leadership at three casinos

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Penn National Gaming Inc. has made leadership changes at its three Mississippi properties. Effective next month, Steve Lambert, acting general manager of Hollywood Casino Perryville (now owned and operated by Gaming & Leisure Properties Inc.) since July 2013, has been named general manager of Hollywood Casino Tunica. In addition, under a change in leadership structure for the ...

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MegaGate rolls out new services for SMBs

HATTIESBURG — Telecommunications provider MegaGate Broadband Inc. has launched two new business services that target the small and medium business (SMB) sector throughout Mississippi. Hosted Voice is a hosted IP business phone service that provides SMBs with a complete communications solution. This bundled system includes unlimited long-distance, the new line of Polycom VVX phones, and all the equipment need to ...

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Double roundabout project to get underway next week

OXFORD — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) is set to begin a double roundabout project at Old Taylor Road in Oxford. The project will construct a double roundabout at the Old Taylor Road and Highway 6 intersection. There will be one roundabout on either side of the Old Taylor Road Bridge over Highway 6. The purpose of the project ...

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