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Wicker receives committee assignments

by Published: December 16,2014

Tags: Business, Mississippi, NEWS, Politics, Roger Wicker

JACKSON — Mississippi Republican Sen. Roger Wicker has retained his seniority positions on the Senate Armed Service and Commerce Committee. Wicker’s office says in a news release that the senator will also serve on the Budget Committee; the Environment and Public Works Committee; and the Rules Committee. The EPW Committee oversees a broad range of […] [...]

Former Harrison County utility chief indicted on federal charges

by Published: December 16,2014

Tags: Business, Gulf Coast, Harrison County, Mississippi, NEWS

GULFPORT — A former Harrison County supervisor is scheduled to plead guilty Tuesday to a federal conspiracy charge related to bribes prosecutors say he took from a contractor who was doing business with the local utility authority. Prosecutors say 65-year-old Kim Savant, who resigned earlier Tuesday from the board of supervisors, agreed to have criminal charges […] [...]

Tourism group asks Jackson County for room tax

PASCAGOULA — The Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau has asked Jackson County supervisors for a 2 percent nightly occupancy tax on hotel rooms to support tourism. Harrison and Hancock counties have heads-on-beds taxes in place that raise money to support the Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau. Jackson County does not. […] [...]

Retired Mississippi chancery judge Ray Montgomery dies

by Published: December 16,2014

Tags: Business, judge, law, Mississippi, NEWS

CANTON — Retired Chancery Judge Ray H. Montgomery of Canton died Sunday after a brief illness. He was 79. The Mississippi Supreme Court announced Montgomery’s death Monday. Funeral services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Canton. Burial will be in Cato Cemetery in Johns, Mississippi. After retiring, Montgomery heard cases as a […] [...]

Justices Scalia and Kagan to speak at Ole Miss

by Published: December 15,2014

Tags: Business, Mississippi, NEWS, Supreme Court

OXFORD — Two U.S. Supreme Court justices are scheduled to speak at the University of Mississippi. Justices Antonin Scalia and Elena Kagan will speak Monday at a session hosted by the Ole Miss law school. The session will be moderated by law school Associate Dean Jack Nowlin, a constitutional law professor. Though Scalia generally sides […] [...]

In Mississippi, education money gap grows to $1.5B

by Published: December 15,2014

Tags: Business, Common Core, education, Mississippi, NEWS

DURANT — In a state with a long history of lousy education, and a bad habit of not paying for it, nowhere is the problem as profound as in this tiny town smack in the middle of Mississippi. Durant Public School teachers spend their nights searching for math and other problems on the Internet because […] [...]

Grenada plastics company to expand, add 60 jobs

by Published: December 15,2014

Tags: Business, Grenada, manufacturing, Mississippi, NEWS

GRENADA — An Illinois company will invest $350,000 to expand its Grenada factory, adding 60 jobs. Suburban Plastics, based in Elgin, Illinois, announced last week it would expand its current factory by 25,000 square feet to increase production. Vice President Jeremy Baxter says the company has “a strong trend of continuing growth” in Grenada. The […] [...]

Prison review group examining no-bid contracts

by Published: December 12,2014

Tags: Business, Chris Epps, Mississippi, NEWS, prisons

JACKSON — A group that’s reviewing Mississippi prison contracts could make recommendations that would affect other state agencies, as well. That’s the word from former Attorney General Mike Moore, who’s on the five-member task force appointed by Gov. Phil Bryant. The group met for the first time Friday. Moore says members are paying close attention […] [...]

Ole Miss: Freeze to earn $4.3 million next season

Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze earned a big raise after leading the program to a nine-win season and a spot in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl on Dec. 31. The school said on Friday that it’s finalized a contract with Freeze that will pay a base salary of $4.3 million next season — a raise of […] [...]

Wife of GOP Sen. Cochran of Mississippi dies

by Published: December 12,2014

Tags: Business, Mississippi, NEWS, Politics, Thad Cochran

JACKSON — Rose Clayton Cochran — who became a focal point in the re-election campaign of her husband, Sen. Thad Cochran, when a man was accused of taking bedridden photos of her to use against the Republican — has died. She was 73. She died Friday at a hospice facility in Ridgeland, Mississippi, after a long […] [...]

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