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Private investigators association wants state licensing

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By LISA MONTI Richard Brooks has spent 10 years in law enforcement, 15 years as a private investigator and has made one run at lobbying the Legislature to make licensing PIs the law. The lobbying was as tedious as a 24-hour stakeout in the Mississippi summertime and unsuccessful. His bill passed the House of Representatives last year but didn’t make it ...

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LISA MONTI — Life after cable


  I  complained for years about paying a cable bill and not having anything worth watching. Who hasn’t? Even after ratcheting down to the basic cable package, the cost for the useless channels and mediocre programs was an annoying waste. Then last summer during an afternoon squall, a bolt of lightning snuffed out my television set. After making sure that ...

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Circuit clerk protects Hancock County’s records, history

Karen Ladner Ruhr examines some of the old volumes.

By LISA MONTI Hurricane Katrina ripped open the roof off Hancock County’s historic courthouse and broke windows but most records inside the thick walls survived, thanks to some hurried preparations and a good bit of luck. But Circuit Clerk Karen Ladner Ruhr isn’t counting on luck to protect the old documents in her office, especially the marriage licenses that date to ...

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Historic music venue, 100 Men Hall, for sale


By LISA MONTI The 100 Men Hall is up for sale. The historic music venue built in 1922 in Bay St. Louis is where Etta James, Ike and Tina Turner and many others have performed. The building was put on the market a couple of weeks ago and has a sale price of $699,000. It has 4,500 square feet, two bedrooms ...

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READY TO ORDER LIONFISH TACO? Hunting, eating the fish may be best way to control the invasive species

The bizarre-looking lionfish is native to the Indo-Pacific and may have entered U.S. waters as the result of dumping by aquarium owners.

By LISA MONTI If there was a contest to crown the most menacing among all the aquatic invasive species, the lionfish from Indo-Pacific waters surely would reign. In the appearance category, the lionfish is strikingly exotic, with lots of moving parts and dramatic curves. Beyond its looks, the fish has dangerous attributes. Venomous quills help keep captors and predators away. Its ...

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BANKERS READY TO BUILD — 200 volunteers from 9 financial institutions to work together at Habitat house


By LISA MONTI  Nine Jackson area financial institutions will join together for the first time as a team to build a Habitat for Humanity Mississippi Capital Area home in a south Jackson neighborhood. The banks all have supported Habitat by building houses, sponsoring events and serving on boards and committees, but this year’s build will be the first time employees ...

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Health care mergers alter market


By LISA MONTI  It has been a summer of mergers. Kicking off the July announcements, insurer Centene Corp. agreed to buy Health Net Inc. for $6 billion in cash and stock. Then Aetna announced its intention to merge with rival Humana in a $37 billion deal. The resulting new company would have more than 33 million members. Also in July, ...

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Speciality Fuel Services’ mission is to be there when emergencies occur

As their webpage image indicates, “We are strictly an emergency provider,” said Trey Howard, managing partner at Specialty Fuel Services.

By LISA MONTI The record-breaking 2005 hurricane season, which included Katrina, revealed gaps in how fuel was distributed to first responders and others on the front lines. Kirk Dickerson, who owns and operates Dickerson Petroleum and Dickerson Transportation in Kosciusko, saw an opportunity to fill those gaps and in 2006 founded Speciality Fuel Services. Soon afterward he was joined by Walton ...

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