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BILL CRAWFORD: Mississippi back on bottom in senior health rankings

Mississippi is getting older. No, this is not about our Bicentennial, but our people.    Since 1980 Mississippi’s total population increased 18.5 percent but the population of residents aged 65 and older jumped 43.3 percent.  This pushed the median age up from 27.6 years in 1980 to 36.5 years in 2015. Over that time, the percentage of population aged 65 and older moved from ...

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Northrop Grumman locating new aerospace work in Jackson County, creating 60 jobs

Northrop Grumman is adding a mix of new work to its Unmanned Systems facility in Jackson County, including sub-assembly work for the F-35 program. This $3.7 million investment will create 60 jobs in the coming years. Moss Point is an important manufacturing center for Northrop Grumman, where Gulf Coast employees manufacture rotary and fixed-wing autonomous systems, such as Fire Scout ...

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COMMERCIAL FINANCE 701 — The powerless power of attorney

The long-awaited closing date on the $21.5million commercial construction loan is finally here.  Construction projects involve numerous moving parts. By the time a loan closing occurs, the out-of-pocket developer on the project awaits a hefty advance. The borrower, a Mississippi limited liability company, has two members – one of whom serves as the managing member.  The managing member is present ...

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KYLE WILLIAMS — Federal Court strikes down FAA’s hobby drone registration requirement

In December of 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration instituted a regulation that required hobby drone operators to register their unmanned aircraft systems with the FAA. The rule requires these operators to provide their names; physical, mailing, and email addresses; and any other information the FAA chooses to require. It also creates an online platform for registration, establishes a $5 per-individual ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Freddy Joe should not pay taxes until Donny Joe does

It’s time for Mississippi taxpayers to stand up to tax dodgers.   It’s time to revolt against the State’s unfair and discriminatory behavior in the collection of taxes on retail sales. You see, Mississippi law requires residents to pay taxes on all retail sales, except those specifically exempt. But, the State’s arbitrary and selective enforcement of tax collections provides a ...

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American Dream shop in Water Valley

By WILLIAM HARRELSON WATER VALLEY – Growing up in one of the 17 states his family lived in before he landed back in Yalobusha County in 1987 as a teenager, Cayce Washington was a great guy to know when some boyhood ingenuity was needed to get a friend’s bicycle or go-cart on the road again. It was a fun time in ...

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Tremont welcome center makes tourism push

By ADAM ARMOUR /Itawamba County Times Nearly 800 visitors to the Itawamba County Welcome Center were treated to a showcase of Itawamba County’s amenities last week. As part of its annual celebration of National Travel and Tourism Week, the Tremont-based Welcome Center hosted a week of programs intended to spotlight area businesses, organizations and attractions. On Wednesday, representatives of several prominent ...

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Lawsuit questions governor’s ability to make cuts

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal Two state legislators have filed a lawsuit in Hinds County Chancery Court contending the law that allows the governor to unilaterally make mid-year budget cuts is unconstitutional. Sen. John Horhn, D-Jackson, and Rep. Bryant Clark, D-Pickens, are asking a chancellor to restore to the local school districts the about $20 million in cuts ordered ...

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Universities will get bonds despite no agreement in 2017 session

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal Even though the 2017 legislative session ended with no bond bill to finance long-term construction work during the next fiscal year, some bonds still are scheduled to be issued for building projects on university campuses. In the 2016 session, the Legislature took the unusual step of issuing two years of bond projects for the ...

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