Archive for January 7th, 2013

Heavy equipment dealership bought for undisclosed price

JACKSON — Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America Inc. (MCFA) has acquired Daily Equipment Company (DEC) of Jackson. The price was not disclosed. DEC has five other full-service branches in Mississippi (Biloxi) and Louisiana (New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport and Lake Charles). Emmerson Daily, CEO and founder of DEC, said, “MCFA offers me assurance that Daily Equipment […] [...]

Lawyer says doctor accused of murder-for-hire mentally ill

GREENWOOD — The lawyer for an oncologist charged with capital murder says Dr. Arnold Smith is severely mentally ill and unable to adequately defend himself against charges in an alleged murder-for-hire plot. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports Circuit Judge Breland Hilburn took under advisement a motion from the defense to send Smith to a mental health […] [...]

Congressman to reintroduce bill on hunting rolled rice fields

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Congressional delegations from Mississippi and Arkansas have backed legislation to clarify that hunting over a rolled rice field is not illegal field baiting. The legislation promoted by U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker, both R-Miss., died in the past Congress. U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford, R-Ark., whose district is the largest rice […] [...]

SBA offering loans to victims of Christmas Day storms

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — Residents and businesses in Mississippi affected by severe storms and tornadoes on Dec. 25 can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. The declaration covers Pearl River County and the adjacent counties of Forrest, Hancock, Harrison, Lamar, Marion and Stone. The SBA is opening an outreach center in […] [...]

After two years, highway improvement project complete

PETAL — Officials, businesses and residents in the city of Petal are welcoming the end of a $13 million two-year highway improvement project. The Hattiesburg American reports the project widened Mississippi Highway 42 from two lanes to four and installed turn lanes. Petal Mayor Hal Marx says residents are pleased with the decrease in traffic […] [...]

County not banking much on revenue from casinos

NATCHEZ — Adams County officials are being careful not to count too heavily on gambling revenue in 2013, despite the opening of a new casino. The Natchez Democrat reports the county has only budgeted for an additional $95,000 in gambling revenue for fiscal year 2013. For the fiscal year that ended in September 2012, a […] [...]

Charter school proponents to try again next session

JACKSON — A year ago, even some opponents of charter schools expected a bill to pass. But some majority Republicans balked, killing the bill in the House. So proponents redoubled their efforts, trying to build support for widening the rules that allow alternative public schools run by outside groups. Now they will try again. “I […] [...]

Attorney reports city’s investment showing returns

OXFORD — The $30-million investment that the city of Oxford made with money from the sale of a hospital in 2011 is paying off. Attorney Robert Paine with the Oxford Municipal Reserve and Trust Fund Committee reported the market value of the trust fund assets was over $31. 2 million. That is a gain of […] [...]

New hospice wing to begin admissions next month

TUPELO — North Mississippi Medical Center plans to open next month a dedicated inpatient hospice wing. Hospital officials tell the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal the new 10-bed hospice which will serve terminally ill patients who need a higher level of care to remain comfortable. Officials expect the wing to open in the next several weeks […] [...]

City borrowing from gas fund to meet obligations

OLIVE BRANCH — Olive Branch officials will borrow $1 million from the city’s natural gas fund to meet financial obligations. Mayor Sam Rikard tells the Commercial Appeal the funds would be repaid with interest once property tax collections come in. It’s not uncommon for cities to take out tax anticipation loans. Officials may borrow from […] [...]

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