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New general manager continues Cannon dealership legacy

Special to the MBJ OXFORD, Mississippi — Tyler Cannon has been appointed general manager of Cannon Ford Lincoln, continuing a family tradition started by his grandfather in 1959. “I am proud that Tyler is following in our family business,” Michael Joe Cannon, CEO of Cannon Motor Company, said in a news release. “We look forward to continuing to meet the ...

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Letter to the editor: Mississippi’s children put at risk by Chris McDaniel’s plan

I am deeply concerned by media reports of U.S. senatorial candidate Chris McDaniel’s support for abolishing the U.S. Department of Education and eliminating nearly $800 million in federal funding from our Mississippi schools. I would rather not become a part of any political battle between candidates for office. However, the serious nature of these statements by state Sen. McDaniel leaves ...

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Investigators find employee let tea party officials into courthouse

An investigation shows a county employee let three tea party members into the Hinds County Courthouse after everyone went home election night, according to District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith. “I can confirm that it was a county employee,” Smith said yesterday in a statement. “There is at least one reason why there is no burglary charge as originally was suggested ...

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SPENCER RITCHIE: Compromise is not a four-letter word

A guest column in this paper recently contended that federal spending and its detrimental effects was the most important issue in Mississippi’s Republican primary election for United States Senate. I absolutely concur on the importance of this issue. As the father of two children under four and another due in August, I am greatly distressed thinking of the deficits and ...

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Letter to the editor: Sen. Cochran is the right choice for Mississippi farmers

Mississippians, and in particular rural Mississippians, have long benefitted from a steady and unwavering champion in Washington—Thad Cochran. In a town that so often doesn’t work, Sen. Cochran has worked diligently on behalf of Mississippi’s farmers, cattlemen, poultry growers, timber owners, and small businesses and rural communities across our state. In just the last year, as Ranking Member on the ...

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New buyer interest in Jackson’s Landmark Center after UMMC drops deal

A potential new buyer is ready to seek a deal on downtown Jackson’s Landmark Center now that the University of Mississippi Medical Center no longer wants the vacant office building. The Hertz Investment Group, owners of 1.2 million square feet of metro Jackson office space, wants to be 100 percent sure UMMC is out of the deal before approaching representatives ...

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Natchez Trace officials warn of dogs following cyclist's attack

Bicyclists using a stretch of the Natchez Trace in the Madison area have more to look out for than just vehicular traffic, and this hazard really bites. Yesterday morning, a 64-year-old bicyclist was attacked and bitten by a pack of dogs near mile marker 113.5 on the Natchez Trace Parkway. The cyclist was traveling southbound when he stated that a ...

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PEER criticizes DMH; has questions for LeGrand about cutting care

WHITFIELD — A legislative watchdog committee is criticizing how the Department of Mental Health handled a contract to shut down its community care unit at the Mississippi State Hospital at Whitfield. The Joint Legislative Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review, in a report released Friday, criticized the department’s $45,000 contract with Guided Steps to move 120 patients out of ...

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Application process begins for federal conservation initiative

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — The United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications for the Upper Black Creek Watershed Initiative through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). The NRCS and the United States Forest Service (USFS) are partnering to improve the health and resiliency of the forest ecosystems where public and private lands meet. The project ...

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Equifax appeals tax ruling to U.S. Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court will consider June 26 whether to hear an appeal from credit bureau Equifax Inc. from what is considers an adverse tax ruling in Mississippi. Court officials say a decision could be announced shortly after the court conference. The appeal is a reaction to a 2013 Mississippi Supreme Court decision that Equifax had to prove ...

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