Archive for November, 2012

Dressmaking, Spanish Civil War all rolled into one international bestseller

by Published: November 30,2012

Tags: Maria Dulnas, Mario Vargas Llosa, The Time in Between

Quite simply put: “The Time in Between” is a very good read — all 609 pages of it. The story is interesting and compelling and the type is a decent size, making for an easy read. The story of Sira Quiroga spans the years of the Spanish Civil War and World War II. The settings […] [...]

LaPrad added to staff

Debra LaPrad, M.D., has joined the Eye Associates of the South as a comprehensive ophthalmologist. An Alabama native, LaPrad completed her residency in ophthalmology at the Louisiana State University and Ochsner Program in New Orleans. She earned her medical degree at the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham and took her internship in […] [...]

Read November 30 issue of MBJ

by Published: November 30,2012

Tags: Bay St. Louis, oysters, PERS, University of Southern Mississippi

THE COST OF LOSING Good football teams create good business— by Clay Chandler GULF COAST Oyster harvesting in full swing— by Lisa Monti PERS Fixed share key for boosting funded ratio— by Ted Carter TRANSPORTATION River at Greenville likely to drop farther with Mo. River impoundment— Ted Carter REAL ESTATE New Orleans developers look to […] [...]

Covered payroll rate stays same for the first time since 2005

by Published: November 30,2012

Tags: Mississippi, PERS, public employees, retirement

The governing board of the Public Employees’ Retirement System of Mississippi (PERS) has settled on 15.75 percent as an employer contribution rate that will return the $20 billion retirement fund to safer ground. If the 15.75 percent of covered payroll rate holds beyond 2013, it will mark the first year since 2005 without a hike […] [...]

TEC appoints McCoy

by Published: November 30,2012

Tags: Rosemary McCoy, TEC, telecommunications

TEC has appointed Rosemary McCoy as customer relations representative II at TEC of Jackson Inc. She brings with her over 30 years of experience in customer service. McCoy, currently residing in Jackson, graduated from Belhaven University with a bachelor of business administration.   [...]

Turner earns promotion

by Published: November 30,2012


Kim Turner has been chosen to lead the Office of the Secretary of State’s Elections Division. Turner was promoted to the position after serving as senior attorney in the Elections Division. A Tupelo native, Turner received both a bachelor of arts degree in business administration and accounting from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn. She earned […] [...]

All American closes on another acquisition in Louisiana

by Published: November 29,2012

Tags: acquire, acquisition, buy, check cashing, expansion, loan, merger, purchase, sale, sell, title

MADISON — All American Check Cashing has completed the acquisition of Community Financial Center of America, of Houma, La. Terms were not disclosed. This marks the fourth merger and acquisition for All American this year and increases the total number of retail stores in Mississippi and Louisiana to 40. Michael Gray, president of All American […] [...]

MDA launches new tool to identify minority businesses

JACKSON — The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) has launched the Mississippi Minority Business Registry, a resource for businesses and public entities looking for prospective suppliers or contractors that can meet their procurement needs. The new registry can be accessed online at A component of MDA’s Diversity in Contracting initiative, which focuses on increasing minority- […] [...]

Leaders hoping to meet with Corps over critically low river

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Federal lawmakers from Mississippi River states hope their meeting with the Army Corps of Engineers addresses the waterway’s critically low levels, which threaten to bring barge traffic to a halt. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois will join colleagues from middle America during a meeting today in Washington with Army Assistant Secretary Jo-Ellen […] [...]

Architectural firm to conduct feasibility study for La. arena

JACKSON — A Mississippi consulting firm will conduct a study to determine the feasibility for the city of Monroe, La., to construct a new arena with the possibility of a four-star hotel near it. The News-Star reports the city council approved the $95,000 contract with Jackson-based M3A Architecture to allow the consulting firm to begin […] [...]

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