Archive for September 2nd, 2011

Green Tech Special Session

State lawmakers react to a special session that would give $175 million in incentives to green tech industries looking to relocate to Mississippi. [...]

Read the September 5th issue of the MBJ online

by MBJ Staff Published: September 2,2011

Tags: Digital Editions, Mississippi Business Journal, September 5 2011

In this week’s MBJ, Wally Northway analyzes the mega Mississippi law merger between Watkins Ludlam Winter & Stennis and the New Orleans firm of Jones, Walker, Waechter, Poitevent, Carrere & Denegre, LLP. Could it mean a shift in power among law firms in Mississippi? Northway talks to experts around the state. Also in this week’s […] [...]

Newspaper goes from seven-day to four-day publication

by Associated Press Published: September 2,2011

Tags: media, newspapers

LAUREL — The Laurel Leader-Call is changing from seven-day to four-day publication. The newspaper will now publish on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday. Leader-Call editor Rob Sigler says while the newspaper will no longer publish print editions on Monday, Friday and Saturday, news updates, features, sports, photos and video will be provided on the paper’s […] [...]

Hot, dry weather taking toll on state’s rice crop

by MBJ Staff Published: September 2,2011

Tags: agriculture, drought, farmers, farms, rice, severe weather, Weather

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The yield of early-planted rice looks good so far, but only time will tell how seriously the high heat of early August will cut into yields from later-planted fields. Nathan Buehring, rice specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said harvest began in mid-August and will proceed at full speed until […] [...]

MDOT to cut ribbon on Highway 30 bypass project

by MBJ Staff Published: September 2,2011

Tags: bridges, bypasses, highways, infrastructure, ribbon cutting, roadbuilding, roads, streets, transportation, travel

BOONEVILLE — The Mississippi Department of Transportation will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony Sept. 6 at 10 a.m. in Booneville for the completion of the Highway 30 Bypass project. The new bypass will not open to traffic Sept. 6 as the final construction phase is still being completed. The project provides an eight-mile southern bypass […] [...]

TVA makes top 10 for economic development

by MBJ Staff Published: September 2,2011

Tags: economic development, electricity, energy, jobs, media, power, Site Selection, utilities

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — The Tennessee Valley Authority has been named for the sixth straight year among Site Selection magazine’s top 10 North American utilities for achievement in economic development. The publication recognizes TVA’s fiscal year 2010 work with power distributors, and regional, state and local partners to help attract or retain more than 41,000 jobs […] [...]

USM repairing facilities damaged by Katrina

LONG BEACH — University of Southern Mississippi officials have broken ground on restoration projects at the Gulf Park campus involving Hardy Hall and Lloyd Hall, both of which were severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina six years ago. Hardy Hall, an $8.7-million construction project, and Lloyd Hall, a $2.3-million construction project, are longtime structures that sustained […] [...]

Renasant completes acquisition in Alabama

by MBJ Staff Published: September 2,2011

Tags: banking and finance, Banks, financial institutions, mergers and acquisitions

TUPELO — Renasant Bank has completed the acquisition of the Birmingham, Ala.-based trust department of RBC Bank (USA), which services clients in Alabama and Georgia. Terms were not disclosed. The acquisition by Renasant will not affect the separate trust operations of RBC Wealth Management in the U.S. or RBC Trust Company (Delaware) Limited. Renasant chairman […] [...]

PEER recommends changes to UMMC purchasing policies

by MBJ Staff Published: September 2,2011

Tags: healthcare, hospitals, medicine, state government

JACKSON — The Peer Committee has released a Report 552, “An Analysis of Selected Procurement Decisions of the University of Mississippi Medical Center.” According to PEER, in 2009 and 2010 complaints arose about UMMC’s procurement of building automatic controls systems. The complainants believed that because the medical center was a member of the University HealthSystem […] [...]

Court to hear dispute over asphalt plant construction

by Associated Press Published: September 2,2011

Tags: construction, courts, homes, houses, judiciary, landowners, manufacturing, real estate, residents, zoning

NEW ALBANY — The Mississippi Supreme Court yesterday agreed to hear a dispute from Union County over the construction of an asphalt plant. Riverside Traffic Systems Inc. had contracted to sell 29 acres in New Albany to Memphis-based Lehman-Roberts Co. upon resolution of zoning change. The City of New Albany issued a building permit to […] [...]

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