Archive for May, 2012

South Carolina’s Spurrier moves forward with plan to pay college football players

DESTIN, Fla. — Steve Spurrier is sticking with his plan to pay players. South Carolina’s outspoken coach first floated the idea at the Southeastern Conference’s spring meetings last year. Fellow coaches and league administrators listened, but it made little, if any, progress. He trotted out his stipend plan again this week and said Wednesday that […] [...]

3 dozen groups OK’d for Miss. specialty car tags

JACKSON — Jerry Latch isn’t interested in shelling out extra money to express himself with a car tag promoting a particular group or cause, but he knows plenty of people who do. “My wife has a specialty tag of some kind, but I don’t know what it is,” Latch said Wednesday from the shoe store […] [...]

Indictments against former Eaton engineers dropped

JACKSON — Federal prosecutors in Mississippi have dropped criminal cases against five aerospace engineers who had been accused of stealing trade secrets. Senior U.S. District Judge William Barbour dismissed indictments against the men Wednesday. The charges of taking trade secrets from Eaton Corp. when they left to go to work for what is now called […] [...]

Gold Coast Skydivers hope to stay in Lumberton

LUMBERTON — Lumberton Mayor Miriam Holder said she realizes that Leanne Igo, owner of Gold Coast Skydivers, needs to be able to make a living off her weekend business at I.H. Bass Jr. Memorial Airport. Igo said she can understand the cash-strapped city looking somewhat askance at renewing a contract that had her company paying […] [...]

General Atomics breaks ground for plant expansion

SHANNON — General Atomics’ Electromagnetic Systems Group (GA EMS) broke ground today on an expansion to its existing 127,000-square-foot facility in Shannon. The expansion project represents a $12 million corporate investment and will create 25 additional direct jobs over the next three years, according to the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA). From its Shannon location in […] [...]

Phosphate Holdings loses $1.1M during first quarter

MADISON — Phosphate Holdings Inc. (PHI) reported a first quarter 2012 net loss of $1.1 million, compared to net income of $16,000 for the same period in 2011. The company incurred an operating loss of $1.9 million for the first quarter of 2012, compared to operating income of $53,000 for the prior-year period. Earnings before […] [...]

PSC, BancorpSouth, Renasant warn of debit card scam

TUPELO — Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley is warning Mississippi consumers of a weekend series of scam calls claiming to be BancorpSouth asking customers to either validate or re-instate their debit cards. Presley said his office contacted officials with BancorpSouth and verified that the calls were indeed a scam. Similar calls went out a few […] [...]

Timberland near Camp Shelby added to MSU’s Bulldog Forest

FORREST COUNTY — A 352-acre tract of Forrest County timberland is now part of Mississippi State University’s Bulldog Forest program and the state’s only Army Compatible Use Buffer-designated property. Known as the Davis and Ann Mortensen Forest, the area is located in proximity to Camp Shelby, and is a joint project between MSU, MSU Foundation, […] [...]

Texting Leader, Pearl River Glass win MTA’s New Venture Challenge

RIDGELAND and JACKSON — Ridgeland-based Texting Leader, LLC and Jackson-based Pearl River Glass Studio Inc. both received first place in separate divisions of the Mississippi Technology Alliance’s (MTA) Fifth Annual Mississippi New Venture Challenge at the Jackson Convention Complex. The New Venture Challenge is a business plan competition that provides an opportunity for aspiring innovators […] [...]

Republicans: Seven elected officials to switch to GOP

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Republican Party says at least seven local elected officials are switching to the GOP. State party spokesman Brett Kittredge says in response to a question from The Associated Press that the officials are from Leake, Jones and Newton counties. Party chairman Joe Nosef will announce the names of the new […] [...]

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