Archive for 2009

Dates set for Viking Classic

by Wally Northway Published: December 28,2009

Tags: Golf, PGA Tour, professional sports, sports

MADISON — Viking Classic and Century Club Charities Inc. announced the 2010 Viking Classic would be held Sept. 27-Oct. 3 at Annandale Golf Club, making it the first event of the PGA TOUR’s 2010 Fall Series. Viking Classic also announced that chef Emeril Lagasse would headline the Viking Culinary Tent’s lineup of cooking demonstrations during […] [...]

U.S. unemployment claims plummet

by Wally Northway Published: December 28,2009

Tags: jobs, recession, unemployment benefits

In the week ending Dec. 19, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial unemployment claims in the U.S. was 452,000, a decrease of 28,000 from the previous week’s unrevised figure. The four-week moving average was 465,250, a decrease of 2,750 from the previous week’s revised average. The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.9 […] [...]

AT&T adds to 3G network

by Wally Northway Published: December 28,2009

Tags: telecommunications

TUPELO — AT&T has rolled out its third generation (3G) mobile broadband network in Tupelo. A total of 16 cell sites are involved in the upgrade. “Demand for wireless bandwidth has grown fast in Mississippi,” said Mayo Flynt, president, AT&T Mississippi. “With this expansion, our customers can continue to ride the leading edge of mobile […] [...]

Wind Pool gets $19M transfer

by Wally Northway Published: December 28,2009

Tags: disaster recovery, homeowners insurance, insurance, natural disaster, real estate

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Wind Pool policyholders may soon find needed relief from rising premium costs with the transfer of $19 million from the Mississippi Insurance Department (MID) to the Mississippi Windstorm Underwriting Association, commonly referred to as the Wind Pool. The transfer of funds is in process, and should be completed by the first […] [...]

Ag losses prompt course redesign

by Wally Northway Published: December 28,2009

Tags: agriculture, crop losses

STARKVILLE — Mississippi agriculture has changed a great deal in the last 25 years, and the challenges of 2009 reminded many farmers that there is still much to learn. To address the growing needs of the state’s farmers, the Mississippi State University Extension Service redesigned its 25-year-old annual cotton short course and offered a two-and-a-half […] [...]

Louie’s opens in Harlow’s Casino

by Wally Northway Published: December 28,2009

Tags: casinos, gaming, restaurants

GREENVILLE — Harlow’s Casino Resort has opened Louie’s Fine Steaks, a new steakhouse that combines food with the soul of the Delta. Harlow’s worked wth Craig McIntyre of MMG in Destin, Fla., the real estate conceptual design company that helped build Universal Studios attractions and restaurants such as the Margaritaville Café in Orlando and Hard […] [...]

MPACT enrollment deadline nears

by Wally Northway Published: December 28,2009

Tags: education, state agency, state government

JACKSON — State Treasurer Tate Reeves is reminding Mississippians that the deadline for the Mississippi Prepaid Affordable College Tuition (MPACT) applications is Dec. 31, 2009. Reeves will visit the cities of Meridian, Tupelo, Hattiesburg, Gulfport and Jackson. MPACT offers the chance to lock-in at today’s tuition prices, and provides a great way to save for […] [...]

Poultry hangs on to first place

by Wally Northway Published: December 28,2009

Tags: agriculture, poultry

STARKVILLE — Each year for the past decade, poultry has ruled the roost as Mississippi’s top crop, and 2009 is no exception, according to a report from the Mississippi State University Extension Service. Poultry ended the year with a total value of $2.3 billion, a 3 percent drop from the $2.37 billion posted in 2008. […] [...]

Moon: 2010 could hinge on politics

by Clay Chandler Published: December 28,2009

Tags: economy, manufacturing, Politics, recession

The state’s manufact- uring sector certainly has not been exempt from the recession. Workers have lost their jobs and plants have been idled, and some closed all together, as demand dropped. The past few months have offered some signs of life, according to Jay Moon, president and CEO of the Mississippi Manufacturers Association. “A lot […] [...]

Jim and Kermit

by Alan Turner Published: December 28,2009

Tags: Jim Henson, Mississippi Museum of Art, Mississippi native

Through the years, Mississippi has contributed much to the arts and culture of the region, and the nation. The number of prize-winning authors, artists, musicians, journalists and others who have called Mississippi home is truly impressive, and Mississipians should be justly proud of this tradition. Among all these people and their accomplishments, one stands out […] [...]

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