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January river flooding has impacts on state

The Mississippi River set flood records in January at Greenville and points south. The flooded Greenville Yacht Club and a casino in the background are seen in this January 10, 2016 photo. (Submitted Photo by Mississippi Levee Board)

GREENVILLE — Mississippi River flooding in January set all-time records, but dropping water levels may mean the river will have enough capacity to accept typical spring rains without triggering atypical flooding. Peter Nimrod, chief engineer with the Mississippi Levee Board in Greenville, said the Greenville January gauge reading of 56.2 feet set a record. The normal depth for that month is about ...

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Lonely Planet names Natchez as the No. 2 destination in America

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Lonely Planet says, in America, only Philadelphia is a better place to visit than Natchez. The company known for its travel guides says in its Tuesday announcement that Natchez, at the beginning of the Natchez Trace parkway “is the state’s cycling and recreational jewel.” Some 668 antebellum homes pepper the oldest civilized settlement on the Mississippi River (beating New Orleans by two years). ...

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The Meridian at Fondren taking reservations for pre-leasing

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The Meridian at Fondren, Metro Jackson’s newest high-end apartment entry, will be ready for its first occupants by June or July and is taking reservations for pre-leasing. Construction began last February on the four-floor 241-unit luxury rental complex on Lakeland Drive across from University of Mississippi Medical Center. The entire project is expected to be completed by Labor Day. Monthly ...

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4 Mississippians honored

NASA’s Space Flight Awareness program recently recognized four Mississippi employees for outstanding support of human spaceflight during a ceremony at Space Center Houston (Texas). » Billy Driebergen of Biloxi, a senior realty specialist with NASA’s Center Operations Directorate at Stennis Space Center, was recognized for his project leadership implementing the Facility Infrastructure Real Estate System at Stennis. This new system ...

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James Ray named SEI Fellow

James C. Ray, research structural engineer in the Geosciences and Structures Division Research Group of the Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center has been named a Fellow of the Structural Engineering Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Established in 1996, the SEI advances members’ careers, stimulates technological advancement, improves professional practice ...

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McMahon to lead division

Dr. Gordon W. (Will) McMahon has been named chief of the Engineering Systems and Materials Division in the Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center in Vicksburg. As chief, McMahon leads four of the Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory’s eight branches which conduct research across a spectrum of technical areas including materials, pavement, mobility and ...

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Corey Jamison joins Terracon

Corey D. Jamison has joined Terracon Consultants, Inc.’s Ridgeland office as the department manager for construction materials testing services Jamison has over 15 years of project experience in the concrete and materials testing industry. He has managed and provided testing services for federal, local governmental and private sector clients on commercial developments, industrial sites and transportation projects throughout the Southeast. ...

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Goodwill appoints CEO

The Board of Directors of Goodwill Industries of Mississippi has named Dave Hollingsworth of Brandon as its new President and Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Gray Wiggers, who is retiring. Hollingsworth has served as Vice President of Marketing and Community Involvement for Goodwill of Mississippi for the past two years. Before joining Goodwill, he was Market Development Director of The Clarion-Ledger ...

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Scott Spivey named to council

Scott Spivey has been appointed to the The Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas’ 2016 Affordable Housing Advisory Council for a three-year term. Spivey is the executive director of the Mississippi Home Corporation where he oversees day-to-day operations and leads the development and administration of statewide initiatives including the Mortgage Revenue Bond program and the Housing Tax Credit program. The ...

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Hattiesburg’s Turtle Creek Crossing sells for $48.1 million

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Stirling Properties of New Orleans has closed on a $48.1 million purchase of Hattiesburg’s Turtle Creek Crossing. Sterling called the acquisition the largest in the history of the 40-year-old commercial real estate company. The 39.9-acre retail center situated on the “going home” side of heavily traveled U.S. Highway 98 covers 295,000 square feet and is across from Turtle Creek Mall. ...

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