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AT&T offering reward in effort to solve copper thefts

LAUDERDALE COUNTY — AT&T is offering a reward of up to $1,000 to solve incidents of copper theft from telephone cables. The reward is for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible. WTOK TV reports the thefts happened in Meridian and Lauderdale County. AT&T says the steady rise in the market price of copper in the last ...

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The unintended consequence of renewable energy standards

Much of the current energy policy debate today is on the American Clean Energy and Security (ACES) Act known as the “Waxman-Markey bill.” Unfortunately, there has been a lot of confusion and political posturing regarding this bill and energy policy in general.  While the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Waxman-Markey bill by a narrow 219-212 vote, the U.S. Senate ...

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Cash for Clunkers was fine if you’re a car dealer

Doug Wilson, a long-time automobile dealer in metro Jackson now based in Flowood, wrote a troubling commentary in this space in the Aug. 31, 2009 issue.  Though I certainly respect Mr. Wilson and his opinions, much of what he wrote in defense of the federal-government-knows-best “Cash for Clunkers” requires some further thought. Mr. Wilson bases his arguments in support of ...

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Cellular South finishes buildout in the Delta

RIDGELAND — Cellular South is announcing the last phase of its major expansion efforts this year for third generation (3G) high-speed mobile broadband data services in the State of Mississippi with availability in 15 counties and 60 cities in the Mississippi Delta. This is the single largest 3G expansion by any wireless company in the Mississippi Delta region, according to ...

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Visitors enjoyed food, had good time at Governors Conference

Having the National Governors Association summer conference in Mississippi was a big deal, and as the old saying goes, a good time was had by all. We had the opportunity to put our best feet forward and show our hospitality. Gov. Haley Barbour and First Lady Marsha Barbour were congenial hosts who seemed to relish their roles. Even the weather ...

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Small group of governors meet in Biloxi to discuss key issues

The spotlight was on Mississippi as the 101st National Governors Association summer conference was held in Biloxi. There were some notable, even surprising, absences among the governors.  NGA staff members and Gov. Haley Barbour’s office were hesitant to say how many governors attended. Some estimates were 19 and others were as low as 15. A few governors, including New Mexico ...

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Book review hit the nail on the head

Editor: Kudos to Terri Schlichenmeyer on her great (Book Biz) review on the trades vs. college (Blue Collar is no joke — June 22-28 edition).  As a local mechanical contractor, we struggle every year in filling positions for plumbers, pipe fitters and sheet metal workers (sheet metal being the hardest to fill). With these positions paying more than $50,000 annually ...

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PeopLoungers is closing for good

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal is reporting this morning that a little more than a year after emerging from bankruptcy protection with a new owner, motion upholstery maker PeopLoungers is closing for good. Sources say the furniture maker, which was founded 30 years ago in Tupelo, is expected to close its Mantachie production plant on Wednesday. But as of Monday, ...

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State winning during tough times as reacting to market is paying dividends

  The recent announcement that the American Contract Bridge League was moving its headquarters from Memphis to Horn Lake gives a good example of how far-reaching, and how successful, the state’s efforts have been of late in recruiting and/or retaining jobs during the current recession. The League’s relocation will bring 70 new jobs to the DeSoto County community, good news ...

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