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Man charged in noose left on integration statue at Ole Miss

by Published: March 27,2015

Tags: Business, Mississippi, NEWS, Ole Miss

JACKSON — The Justice Department says a man has been indicted on federal civil rights charges connected to a noose being put on a statue of the student who integrated the University of Mississippi. The noose was placed on the James Meredith statue on the Ole Miss campus in Oxford in February 2014. In 1962, […] [...]

Ole Miss chancellor: Talks continue over job status

JACKSON — University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones says he remains in talks over his job status, but he doesn’t expect an agreement Friday, despite trustees calling a meeting to discuss the situation. Jones, chancellor at Ole Miss since 2009, said he met face-to-face with Higher Education Commissioner Jim Borsig on Wednesday and Thursday. But he […] [...]

Lessons available from past Tupelo bond votes

by Published: March 27,2015

Tags: Business, education, Lee County, Mississippi, NEWS, Tupelo

TUPELO — The road toward the Tupelo Public School District’s latest bond referendum began with a request district officials made to voters 25 years earlier. In 1990, 87 percent of those voters supported an appeal to issue $17 million in new bonds. At the time, it was the largest single bond issue for local education […] [...]

BREAKING NEWS: Trustees offer new deal to Ole Miss chancellor Dan Jones

»» UPDATED — Dan Jones rejects IHL offer, won’t publicly apologize   JACKSON — Mississippi’s College Board is preparing to offer a two-year contract extension to the University of Mississippi chancellor whom they had previously refused to retain, individuals with knowledge of the negotiations said Thursday. Discussions to fine-tune the agreement with Chancellor Dan Jones were ongoing, […] [...]

Legislators’ education alternative challenged in court

JACKSON — An Oxford school patron is asking a Hinds County judge to remove from the November ballot an alternative proposed by the Legislature to a citizen-sponsored education funding initiative. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the lawsuit was filed Tuesday in circuit court by Adrian Shipman of Oxford, a mother of two in the […] [...]

Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame planning gets underway

CLARKSDALE — Los Angeles-based architect, Kulapat Yantrasast of wHY Architecture Inc., is teaming up with organizers of the Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame to get the Clarksdale, Mississippi, project moving. Yantrasast and his team met with Hall of Fame founders LaMont Robinson and Cheryl Ruffin in Clarksdale this past week. “What we believe as […] [...]

New power grid manager poised to open

LITTLE ROCK — A nonprofit company that manages the power grid from the Gulf Coast to Manitoba unveiled a new operations center in Arkansas on Tuesday, saying it moved to the state because it’s not prone to hurricanes and has an increasingly talented workforce. The Midcontinent Independent System Operator control room will manage power production […] [...]

Mississippi’s only abortion clinic damaged by vandalism

JACKSON — Jackson police are trying to find out who damaged a generator and two security cameras at Mississippi’s only abortion clinic. Clinic director Shannon Brewer said Tuesday that employees of Jackson Women’s Health Organization found the vandalism when they arrived at work Monday morning. The state requires the clinic to have a generator in […] [...]

Lawmakers: Time to raze IHL

JACKSON — Some state lawmakers said Tuesday that Mississippi needs separate boards to govern each of its eight public universities, citing a controversial decision by the College Board to dismiss University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones. Officials at the University of Mississippi Medical Center defended their conduct, meanwhile, and Ole Miss faculty members called for […] [...]

Court: No holiday pay for Gautier firefighters not working

GAUTIER — A Jackson County judge has rejected arguments from the Gautier Fire Union that its members were entitled to 24 hours of holiday pay, even if they didn’t work that day. “The ruling … means Gautier was justified in providing eight hours of holiday pay for all employees,” Mayor Gordon Gollott told The Sun […] [...]

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