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Forrest General makes national ranking for patient safety

HATTIESBURG — Forrest General Hospital ranks in the top 100 hospitals nationwide for patient safety in Overall Medical Care, according to CareChex, a division of COMPARION, an independent company recognizing the nation’s best performers on various measures of quality relating to process of care, outcomes, and patient satisfaction. Additionally, the hospital ranks in the top 10 percent in the nation ...

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Banking group petitioning for change to Volcker Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) is calling on federal regulators to broaden Volcker Rule accommodations for community bank holdings of collateralized debt obligations backed by trust-preferred securities. In a comment letter, ICBA wrote that the agencies’ interim final rule should exempt all TruPS CDOs and collateralized loan obligations to avoid unnecessary community bank write-downs and ...

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Park Service wants comments on bank stabilization project

TUPELO — The National Park Service is seeking public comment on a wetland and floodplain statement of findings (SOF) that analyzes impacts of a bank stabilization project at Chiwapa Creek (milepost 253, Lee County). The purpose of the project is to remove an island sandbar within the creek that causes water diversion and increased streambank erosion, and to mitigate existing ...

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Coast man pleads guilty to 16th Section timber theft

SAUCIER — Following an investigation by the Secretary of State’s Office, the Department of Agriculture and the Mississippi Forestry Commission, 54-year-old Harold Edwin Simmons of Saucier has pled guilty to three counts of felony timber theft. Simmons was accused of stealing approximately $250,000 worth of timber harvested from three separate 16th Section land sites in Pearl River County. “Stealing timber ...

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White House hotel making comeback in Biloxi

One of the Gulf Coast’s flagship beachfront hotels is being restored from top to bottom and its long awaited reopening is set for mid summer. The historic White House Hotel, which sat empty for years, dates back to the 1890s and is the last of Biloxi’s popular 1920s era tourist hotels that included the Edgewater Gulf Hotel and Tivoli Hotel. ...

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MEC stumping for support to curb Department of Revenue actions

The Mississippi Economic Council, Mississippi Manufactures Association and a host of other state business groups have initiated a campaign they say is aimed at “reining in the state Department of Revenue.” The campaign is an attempt to increase legislative support for a pair of House and Senate bills, both of which have passed their respective bodies, that force the DOR ...

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MDA opens up exclusive recruiting trips to economic developers across state

After years of limiting its exclusive Team Mississippi business recruiting to large utilities in the state, the Mississippi Development Authority this year is inviting the state’s economic development entities to participate. The invitations to join in wooing business prospects in four major U.S. cities went out to around 700 members of the Mississippi Economic Development Council, a Jackson-based trade organization ...

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USM report spotlights role of school boards, superintendents on education

A study by a University of Southern Mississippi professor is complete and finds that there is a direct correlation between school board members’ behavior and attitude and the academic achievement of the students under their governance. However, the leader of the organization here in Mississippi tasked with training school board members says it is a complex issue that is affected ...

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