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Six business proposals win at Startup Weekend

All eyes will be on a half-dozen winning ideas to see if the entrepreneurs behind those plans can get their businesses started. Innovate Mississippi held Startup Weekend Jackson May 16-18 at Millsaps College. Startup Weekend is an intense 54-hour event powered by Google for Entrepreneurs that operates worldwide and provides an opportunity for entrepreneurs to pitch early-stage innovative business concepts. ...

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Entergy runs hurricane drill as Atlantic season kicks off

JACKSON — To prepare for the upcoming hurricane season, hundreds of Entergy employees across the company’s utility service territory recently took part in an intensive storm drill. The drill tracked a fictional hurricane and its potential impact on Entergy’s service territory. Following Hurricane Katrina, Entergy adopted the federal and state Incident Command Structure for disasters that clearly defines the roles ...

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Bonaventure Company expands into Mississippi

MONTICELLO — Bonaventure Company Inc., a Louisiana-based fire truck and equipment industry supplier, is expanding into Mississippi. The Mississippi location at Monticello will initially employee five people. Bonaventure Fire and Safety sells national brand name fire trucks and fire equipment including Rosenbauer Fire Apparatuses, Interspiro Air Packs, Lion Apparel, Task Force Tips and Bullard brands to name a few. In ...

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MSU recertified as leading cyber security learning center

STARKVILLE — Federal officials have reaffirmed Mississippi State University as a leading institution for cyber security education and research. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency have recertified the university as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research. The designation is valid through 2021. The designation comes after extensive work by faculty in ...

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Senate Committee approves $27.5M for Special Ops training at Stennis

HANCOCK COUNTY — More than $27.5 million has been included in a Senate spending bill to further develop Special Operations forces training facilities at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the FY2015 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs (MilCon-VA) Appropriations Bill today. The measure is now cleared for consideration by the Senate. U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran ...

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Forecasters predict slower-than-normal hurricane season

GULF OF MEXICO — A slower-than-usual hurricane season is expected this year because of an expected El Nino, federal forecasters said today, but they warned that it takes only one storm to wreak havoc and urged Americans to be prepared. The El Nino, which warms part of the Pacific every few years and changes rain and temperature patterns around the ...

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WaPo calls Miss. GOP Senate primary tea party's 'last stand'; says blogger tresspass slowed McDaniel surge

After a string of humbling defeats in Republican primaries this spring, the tea party’s last best hope to oust a lawmaker is in Mississippi. But things are not going well for the movement’s Chris McDaniel, who is challenging longtime senator Thad Cochran, the Washington Post reported in a story today. The race has been roiled over the past week by a bizarre incident in ...

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Palmertree handed another demand; total surpasses $1M

VICKSBURG — State Auditor Stacey Pickering has issued a civil demand for $229,880 from former Warren County Circuit Clerk Shelly Ashley Palmertree. That brings the total amount of demands issued against her to more than $1.04 million. Pickering said today in a news release that amount represents fees that Palmertree withdrew from the civil and criminal accounts of Warren County ...

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Camellia Healthcare acquisition gives it an Alabama footprint

Special to the MBJ HATTIESBURG, Mississippi – Camellia Home Health & Hospice, a Mississippi-based healthcare company, has acquired Lawley Premier Hospice Care of Rainbow City, Ala. Situated near Gadsden, the hospice has operated since 2008, serving patients primarily in Etowah, Cherokee, Calhoun and St. Clair counties of Alabama. The acquisition marks Camellia’s entrance into the Alabama market. Camellia, headquartered in ...

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Greenwood, McComb, Natchez, Oxford gain MDEQ grants

Special to the MBJ Four community projects in the state have been awarded Regional Recycling Cooperative Grants by the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. The more than $1 million in grants will be used to fund regional cooperative recycling projects in Greenwood, McComb, Natchez and Oxford. Each of the grant recipients, along with their partner communities, will use the grant ...

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