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Keesler opens on Lake Harbour Drive

MBJ staff Keesler Federal Credit Union has opened a location on Lake Harbour Drive in Ridgeland. The branch is the first of three that will open in the coming months as the credit union expands its footprint to all three counties in the metro Jackson market. The Ridgeland branch is located at 733 Lake Harbour Drive, next to Newk’s restaurant. ...

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Cameron Champ wins Sanderson Farms for 1st PGA Tour title

Cameron Champ’s prodigious drives weren’t finding the fairways during much of Sunday’s final round at the Country Club of Jackson. Even so, he wasn’t fazed. The 23-year-old was ready to prove he’s more than just a big hitter. Champ birdied five of the last six holes thanks largely to clutch putting and won the Sanderson Farms Championship, recovering for his ...

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Computer switch tied to delays for some Mississippi car tags

Some Mississippi drivers say they are frustrated by delays in getting license plates. Lee County resident Norma Kolarik told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that she and her husband bought a car in May in Alcorn County. She said they couldn’t get a tag until September, and even then it took help from a state lawmaker. “The citizens of Mississippi ...

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City seeks part-time officers to fill police shortage

A Mississippi city is seeking part-time police officers as it tries to fill a personnel shortage. WLBT-TV reports that the Vicksburg Police Department is now offering to hire part-time officers, paying $25 an hour. Part-time officers dominate police forces in many smaller Mississippi cities and towns, but many larger cities prefer to hire full-time officers. Vicksburg Police Chief Milton Moore ...

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Official: Stranded dolphins may be related to hurricane

An official with the nonprofit Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Mississippi says the stranding of rare dolphins on the Gulf Coast may be related to Hurricane Michael. IMMS director Moby Solangi tells The Sun Herald of Biloxi that a stranded pantropical spotted dolphin was brought to the center in critical condition Tuesday night. It was found near Theodore, Alabama. ...

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Ex-director utility says he will fight part of audit demand

A former director of a city-owned utility says he will fight the Mississippi auditor’s demand that he repay a severance package. Auditor Shad White says Tuesday that his office is demanding $78,613 from former state Sen. Kenny Wayne Jones, who worked for Canton Municipal Utilities from 2016 until January 2018. The auditor says severance pay to public officials is illegal. ...

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Shares plunge after Cal-Maine fails to meet expectations

By JACK WEATHERLY Cal-Maine Foods Inc. reported on Monday that its net income for the fiscal first quarter was $12.4 million, or 26 per share, compared with a loss of $16 million, or 33 cents per share, a year earlier. Net sales for the quarter that ended on Sept. 1 was $340.6 million, 29.6 percent increase ove $262.8 million. Despite ...

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Manufacturer plans $8 million Durant plant expansion, creation of 60 jobs

MBJ staff Automotive service equipment manufacturer Hunter Engineering is expanding operations in Durant. The project is an $8 million corporate investment and will create 60 jobs. Hunter Engineering employs approximately 590 workers in Mississippi, 192 of which are in Durant. The expansion is slated for completion by the end of 2020. Hunter Engineering is a leader in wheel alignment and ...

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Tool firm moving to Ripley, creating 10 jobs

MBJ staff North Mississippi Tool Inc. is relocating its operations from Booneville to Ripley in a $700,000 corporate investment that creates 10 jobs. The company, which specializes in tool and die manufacturing for customers such as Winchester, Plumrose, American Pipe, SMW and CECA, is relocating its operations to better serve its customers. The company is renting a facility from CECA ...

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Northpark owner buys theater, but may repurpose

By Jack Weatherly No one was in a hurry to buy the building that houses the UA Northpark 14. That was obvious after its owner, United Development Co. of Southlake, Texas, put it on the market in early 2016. It failed to get a buyer in more than two years. The owner then tried to auction the 36,000-square-foot building and ...

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