Archive for May, 2013

Keeping Our Eye On: Ryanne Saucier

by Stephen McDill Published: May 31,2013

Tags: Keeping Our Eye On, Mississippi Public Broadcasting, public radio, Ryanne Saucier

Name: Ryanne Saucier Age: 33 Position: Deputy Executive Director, Contracts and Support Services Company: Mississippi Public Broadcasting Ryanne Saucier’s first days in the Hospitality State were pretty hospitable. After moving to Mississippi from Alabama eight years ago without knowing anyone, Saucier says she quickly got plenty of recommendations for the best plumber, roofer and painter from […] [...]

Brad Fuller makes events available with social media start-up

by Clay Chandler Published: May 31,2013

Tags: Brad Fuller, mobile apps, social media, YeHive

Brad Fuller is a 2004 Mississippi State agribusiness graduate who left Washington to found YeHive, a start-up whose social media app and website launched last year. Blending features from several social media outlets, YeHive takes photos and videos from an event and deposits them in a central location. Q — What is YeHive? A — […] [...]

CRAWFORD: Move cautiously on virtual training

by Bill Crawford Published: May 31,2013

Tags: Bill Crawford, education, virtual training

More and more parents choose to home school their children. National statistics show the number of home schooled children grows about seven percent each year. Likewise the number of students in charter schools continues to increase, growing about 12 percent each year. A growing number of states, 31 at last count, allow virtual public schools […] [...]

Special panel ready to explore funding for road and bridge maintenance

A Senate study committee made up lawmakers and citizen representatives will convene June 12-13 in Jackson to look at ways to fund upkeep of the state’s roads and bridges. Sen. Willie Simmons, a Cleveland Democrat who chairs the Senate Highways and Transportation Committee, will lead the panel. It will continue to meet through the summer […] [...]

Home sales rising in parts of the state

by Becky Gillette Published: May 31,2013

Tags: home sales, Mississippi, Mississippi Association of Realtors, real estate

People in the real estate business aren’t exactly doing cartwheels, but in some areas of the state homes sales have picked up at an encouraging pace. “I will tell you from conversations with individuals around the state that things are looking up,” said Ken Austin, a Mississippi Coast Realty real estate agent who is president […] [...]

CARTOON: Mike Chaney explains Affordable Care Act

by Chuck McIntosh Published: May 31,2013

Tags: Affordable Care Act, Chuck McIntosh, healthcare, Mike Chaney

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Seth Case-Price to lead USM Children’s Center

by MBJ Staff Published: May 31,2013

Tags: education, Sarah Case-Price, University of Southern Mississippi

Sarah Case-Price began her affiliation with The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi more than a dozen years ago as a student worker. On July 1, she will take over the reins as director. Case-Price has served in several capacities at the center since becoming a full-time staff member […] [...]

State’s struggling road builders conflicted by study committee

by Wally Northway Published: May 31,2013

Tags: Dick Hall, Mike Pepper, Mississippi Economic Council, roadbuilders, Robert Johnson, transportation

Late in the last legislative session, state lawmakers approved a resolution to form a study committee to look into the issue of funding for road and bridge work. It seemed that Mississippi’s struggling road builders had finally caught a break. But now local roadbuilders are wondering if the study is a positive step or not […] [...]

Mississippi road builders continue working on projects around the state

A proposed road project in a small Mississippi town is a good example of what is keeping the state’s road builders up at night — and idled during the day. Residents of Smithville were told not to worry over the prospect that a Mississippi Highway 25 bypass would negatively affect the town’s Central Business District. […] [...]

The wait continues for Edison Walthall hotel buyer

by Ted Carter Published: May 31,2013

Tags: Ben Allen, Capitol Street, Edison Walthall Hotel, hospitality, hotels, Landmark Center

Hopes for injecting more life into downtown Jackson’s Capitol Street through a renovation and possible conversion of the vacant Edison-Walthall sustained a setback when the hotel did not get an acceptable bid at auction. For now, the circa 1927 lodging landmark will remain with the Landmark Center office building a block away as once-major properties […] [...]

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