Archive for 2010

City terminates contract with lobbyist

by Published: December 28,2010

Tags: lobbying, municipal government

GREENVILLE — The City of Greenville’s contract with its Washington lobbyist ends this year and will not be renewed. The Delta Democrat Times reports the city council voted 4-2 to end its contract with Steve Pruitt. Pruitt, who was paid $30,000 a year, had lobbied for the city since 2005. City Clerk Amelia Wicks says […] [...]

TVA freezes pay of managers, specialists

by Published: December 28,2010

Tags: compensation, electricity, energy, salaries, utilities

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is freezing the base pay of about 3,500 managers and specialists until 2013. The Chattanooga Times Free Press quotes TVA president Tom Kilgore, who said today the federal utility is joining the two-year pay freeze that Congress adopted for two million other federal employees. Although TVA is […] [...]

Natural gas leak forces families to evacuate

by Published: December 28,2010

Tags: energy, evacuations, leak, natural gas

COVNIGTON COUNTY — Authorities say about 25 families were evacuated in eastern Covington County today while crews worked on repairing a natural gas pipe leak. Nikki Pressley, a spokeswoman for the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, says an area within a mile of the leak was evacuated today for safety precautions. No injuries have been reported. […] [...]

Fitch awards Southern Co. better outlook

by Published: December 28,2010

Tags: credit, debt, electricity, energy, utilities

ATLANTA — Fitch Ratings has revised the rating outlooks of the parent company of Mississippi Power, Southern Company (Southern; Fitch Issuer Default Rating [IDR] of ‘A’), and its subsidiary, Georgia Power Company (GPC; IDR of ‘A’) to “stable” from “negative.” In addition, the ratings of both issuers are affirmed. Fitch said: “The revision of Southern’s […] [...]

Anderson Regional completes purchase of Riley

by Published: December 28,2010

Tags: healthcare, hospitals, mergers and acquisitions

MERIDIAN — Anderson Regional Medical Center has completed its purchase of Riley Hospital from Health Management Associates Inc. Both hospitals are located in Meridian. Terms of the purchase were not released yesterday. Anderson president/CEO L. Ray Humphreys says the acquisition is expected to be finalized by Jan. 1 and Anderson will take ownership of substantially […] [...]

Martin sentenced for posing as contractor

by Published: December 28,2010

Tags: construction, law enforcement

YAZOO CITY — A Clinton man has been sentenced to serve two years in prison after being convicted in Yazoo County on charges of posing as a contractor. The attorney general’s office says 35-year-old Michael Martin was convicted of false pretense and was sentenced by Circuit Judge Jannie Lewis to five years in prison, with […] [...]

Burke gets time for smuggling cigarettes

by Published: December 28,2010

Tags: courts, law enforcement, tobacco

GREENVILLE — A Tupelo man who took part in a multi-state cigarette smuggling operation has been sentenced to 34 months in prison. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Jerry Burke was sentenced Dec. 22 in U.S. District Court in Greenville. Burke pleaded guilty in 2009 to defrauding the federal and local governments out of millions […] [...]

City looking to enact redevelopment tax

RIDGELAND — The City of Ridgeland will seek legislative — and ultimately voter — approval for a 1 percent increase in the local sales tax to redevelop a southeastern area and reduce the number of apartment complexes. The tax would be very similar to the tourism tax currently levied on Ridgeland hotels, motels and restaurants, […] [...]

City officials put hold on marina project

by Published: December 28,2010

Tags: construction, marinas, municipal government, recreation, tourism

WAVELAND — Officials in Waveland have put a hold on plans for a $6-million marina project. The Sun-Herald reports that Mayor David Garcia and the Board of Aldermen in Waveland plan to meet soon with state officials and an engineering firm to discuss whether the project should be continued. The mayor said some Waveland residents […] [...]

Polymer manufacturer bringing plant, jobs

by Published: December 28,2010

Tags: expansions, manufacturing, polymers

PHILADELPHIA — AlphaGen Materials, a manufacturer of polymer ceramic coatings, will locate a plant in Philadelphia. The announcement was made Dec. 22. The plant will be located in a 235,000-square-foot facility formerly occupied by U.S. Motors. The plant represents a $10-million investment and will create 200 new jobs. The Mississippi Development Authority helped city officials […] [...]

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