Archive for June 28th, 2013

Paper plant will have converting and manufacturing capabilities

NATCHEZ — Von Drehle Corporation officials say the Natchez plant will be the company’s only “all-under-one-roof” facility. The Natchez Democrat reports company engineer Tanya Richardson told a local civic club this week that the operation would have pulp converting and paper manufacturing capabilities, the company’s only plant to have both. Von Drehle, which provides paper […] [...]

Who will be on the new charter school board?

JACKSON — And now the waiting begins. With the July 1 effective date for Mississippi’s expanded charter school law, the next step is to nominate seven members of the Charter School Authorizing Board. The governor and lieutenant governor are each supposed to name three members, one from each of the state’s three Supreme Court districts. […] [...]

Fish and Wildlife awards grant for bat disease study

JACKSON — Mississippi will receive $42,248 in federal funds for white-nose syndrome projects. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the grants will support research and detection of the fatal bat disease, and response to it. States also will use the funds to monitor bat populations. Mississippi is among 28 states receiving grants. Fish and […] [...]

Researcher finds Gulf dead zone prediction holding true

GULF OF MEXICO — Ocean experts had predicted a large “dead zone” area in the Gulf of Mexico this year, and according to the results from a Texas A&M University researcher just back from studying the region, those predictions appear to be right on target. Steve DiMarco, professor of oceanography and one of the world’s […] [...]

Health Department awards CONs, one for cost overrun

HATTIESBURG and JACKSON — The Mississippi State Department of Health has issued certificates of need (CONs) for projects at Forrest County General Hospital in Hattiesburg and St. Dominic Hospital. Forrest County General Hospital (d/b/a Forrest General Hospital) received a CON) for an amendment/cost overrun to CON No. R-0808. The original project involved the demolition and […] [...]

ERDC to furlough more than 1,000 workers due to federal sequester

VICKSBURG — About 1,050 employees at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center in Vicksburg and three other locations expect to be furloughed one day a week beginning July 8 through Sept. 30. “Approximately 60 percent of the ERDC workforce is subject to furlough,” ERDC assistant director Alice Duke said in an email to […] [...]

New mayor says new ordinace on nightclubs ‘too broad’

TUPELO — Questions about Tupelo’s new nightclub ordinance have prompted the city council to hold another public meeting on the regulations on Friday. City officials, including Tupelo Police Chief Tony Carleton, have said enforcement will be “complaint driven.” Mayor-elect Jason Shelton, who will take office Monday, tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal the ordinance appears […] [...]

House passes Medicaid reauthorization during day one of special session

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers appear to be on track to renew and fund Medicaid beyond this coming weekend, when the program is set to expire. In the opening day of a special session yesterday, the House voted overwhelmingly to reauthorize the existence of the program and to set its budget. Bills also must pass the […] [...]

Jury trial challenging mayoral contest set for July

HATTIESBURG — A jury trial is now set for Dave Ware’s challenge of the June 4 Hattiesburg mayoral election. The Hattiesburg American reports specially appointed judge William F. Coleman will preside over the case at 10:30 a.m. July 23 at the Forrest County Courthouse. Additionally, Coleman also set a conference date for 11 a.m. July […] [...]

BOOK BIZ: Poignant, magical tale of young boys on a voyage in the 1950s

by Published: June 28,2013

Tags: Lynn Lofton, Michael Ondaatje, The Cat's Tale

Of course everyone’s tastes are different when it comes to books (and many other things). A friend passed along The Cat’s Table with the unsolicited comment that she didn’t like it. I started to buy it when it came out a year ago, mainly because it was written by Michael Ondaatje, Booker Prize winning author […] [...]

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