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A humble Norman Price drives growth at Southwest Health System

Southwest Health Systems recently recognized Norman Price’s 30 years at the hospital by naming the ambulatory surgery center in his honor. At the ceremony were, from left, Dr. Will K. Austin, Price, and Barbara and Regina Lowe, who represented the late Dr. C. Foster Lowe. Austin, Price and Lowe were key in starting the center.

By LISA MONTI CEO Norman Price has guided Southwest Health System’s growth for more than 30 years, starting when it was the 160-bed Southwest Mississippi Medical Center to through its expansion into the multi-county healthcare delivery network it is today. Price’s arrival to McComb was memorable in a couple of ways. His first day on the job, Jan. 7, 1985, was ...

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NASA looking for tenants at Stennis Space Center

Don Beckmeyer, manager of Strategic Business Development at Stennis, said, “We have other smaller buildings and acreage for a commercial industry but we would prefer a space industry” as tenants.

Stennis Space Center is well known as home to NASA rocket scientists, Naval oceanographers, Navy SEALS and major aerospace companies including Lockheed Martin, Aerojet Rocketdyne and SpaceX. With NASA as its landlord, Stennis houses more than 40 federal and state agencies, academic institutions, private organizations and technology companies that share costs to keep the Hancock County center running. To support ...

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Insurers face Oct. 1 deadline for Clarity Act

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Insurers in Mississippi have an Oct. 1 deadline to provide the state Insurance Department with data mandated by the new Property Insurance Clarity Act. Mississippi follows neighboring Alabama and Louisiana in requiring major insurance companies to supply details on premiums and losses by county and zip code. Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney had already issued his own data call back in ...

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On the road to growth: West Rankin Parkway may open path to development

Construction workers set beams in place for a bridge on the West Rankin Parkway, which will stretch for 3.5 miles from Treetops Boulevard in Flowood to Pearson Road in Pearl, essentially linking Lakeland and Interstate 20. Photos courtesy of the Pickering Firm

With seven or eight months to go before completion of phase one of the new north-south corridor between Pearl and Flowood, officials in both cities are confident major development will take place along the new West Rankin Parkway. “It’s going to open up an awful lot of property for development,” said Pearl Mayor Brad Rogers. Flowood Mayor Gary Rhoads said ...

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Young bankers keeping watch on young customers

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By LISA MONTI When Parker England, first vice president of Planters Bank & Trust Co. in Greenville, looks to the future of the banking industry, a couple of things grab his attention. One is finding ways for his bank to make a profit in an increasingly competitive market. The other is providing his customers with what they need and expect in ...

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VIP Cinema Seating continues growth in New Albany

By LISA MONTI  Moviegoers want more for their ticket price than a blockbuster drama or comedy. They want gourmet snack food, a superior sound system, high-tech screens and a plush seat like the one back at home in front of their giant TV screen. In other words, they want the whole movie-viewing experience. That’s exactly what Stephen Simons and VIP ...

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Stennis scientists in Mississippi develop app to track seaweed

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By LISA MONTI  Last year beaches along the Gulf and other temperate waters worldwide were inundated with Sargassum, the free-floating tangle of reddish-brown seaweed that causes problems for fishermen, boaters, tourists and residents. In some places, drifts of the smelly seaweed were piled several feet high. So far in 2015, scientists say, there is a large amount of Sargassum in ...

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Island View unveils new hotel tower in Gulfport

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By LISA MONTI The local owners of Island View Casino Resort in Gulfport unveiled their 18-story hotel April 29 for guests and officials from the Coast and Jackson. Rick Carter and Terry Green invested $58 million in the tower which had been vacant since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The beach tower was built on a 10-acre site on the south side ...

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