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Electric power associations ask Mississippi PSC to reconsider efficiency rules

An electric power association and a trade organization have asked the Mississippi Public Service Commission to reconsider the energy efficiency rules regulators adopted in July. South Mississippi Electric Power Association and the Electric Power Associations of Mississippi said in documents filed with the commission that state law may render the efficiency rules inapplicable to electric […] [...]

U.S. Supreme Court schedules oral argument for Jim Hood’s price-fixing lawsuit

by Clay Chandler Published: September 13,2013

Tags: consumer protection, law, Mississippi, U.S. Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in November related to Attorney General Jim Hood’s price-fixing lawsuit against liquid crystal display (LCD) screen manufacturers. In 2011, Hood sued the companies, accusing them of price-fixing from December 2006 to April 2011. He claimed the companies of forcing consumers to pay too much for their products, […] [...]

Abner’s celebrates the success of 20 years of chicken

by Clay Chandler Published: August 30,2013

Tags: Abner White, Abner's Chicken, Chicken, Dining, fast food, restaurants

In January 1993, years ago, Abner White started small in Oxford. He had five tables, one cheap cash register, two small fryers, one griddle and a fountain drink machine. “That was it,” he said. He shared eight parking spaces with an adjacent gas station. The menu featured less than a half-dozen items – all fried […] [...]

Vicksburg company elevates a camping revolution

by Clay Chandler Published: August 30,2013

Tags: a better camping hammock, crowdfunding, hammock, Kickstarter, Nube, Robert Rhett, Sierra Madre Research

Robert Rhett found a way to keep his camping gear high and dry, and in the process may have gotten a company off the ground. Rhett, a Vicksburg native and resident, started Sierra Madre Research in 2010 to create what he called “a better camping hammock,” designed to provide elevated support for a camper and […] [...]

Mississippi River Marathon hopes for growth in second year

by Clay Chandler Published: August 23,2013

Tags: Arkansas, fitness, Greenville, Lake Village, marathon, Mississippi River Marathon, running

The organizers of the Mississippi River Marathon in Greenville and Lake Village, Ark., are hoping to build on last February’s success. This was the first year for the marathon and half-marathon, which starts in Lake Village and ends in Greenville, but it still managed to attract more than 1,300 participants from 37 states and three […] [...]

More school districts consider adopting energy curriculum devel

by Clay Chandler Published: August 23,2013

Tags: energy, Mike Mulvihill, Mississippi State University, school districts

An energy curriculum developed by Mississippi State University for high school students is entering its second year, and the pilot program could add school districts for the current academic year. Conceived with a handful of the state’s energy companies and developed by MSU’s Research and Curriculum Unit, the program focuses students on several areas of […] [...]

Greg Hanks and Southernerds looking to promote education

by Clay Chandler Published: August 23,2013

Tags: education, Greg Hanks, Southernerds

Greg Hanks is founder of Southernerds, a retail company in Meridian focused on advancing education and promoting “nerd and geek culture.” Q — What’s the idea and the goals behind Southernerds? A — The company is my attempt to try and make changes in the perception that some people have of the region. I started […] [...]

No timetable for replacing Leonard Bentz

Southern District Public Service Commissioner Leonard Bentz had not, as of Tuesday, sent Gov. Phil Bryant a letter noticing his resignation from the Mississippi Public Service Commission. It’s a matter of time before he does, Bentz said. Bentz was hired last week as the new executive director of the South Mississippi Planning and Development District, […] [...]

UPDATE: Leonard Bentz leaves post at Public Service Commission

Southern District Public Service Commissioner Leonard Bentz leaned into a radio reporter’s microphone Tuesday morning in his office, and sang the first few bars of Elvis Presley’s “Blue Christmas.” It wasn’t bad. For Bentz, it must have felt awfully good, even though he said the appearance of shedding years of coal plant-related stress was “just […] [...]

Developer: Fondren theater survey results outpace expectations

by Clay Chandler Published: August 9,2013

Tags: Capri Theater, David Pharr, Fondren, Jason Watkins

The results of a survey conducted by a Millsaps College marketing class geared toward a proposed theater in Fondren were better than expected, one of the developers said earlier this week. Jason Watkins is part of the group that wants to restore the old Pix/Capri Theater in the historic neighborhood’s business district. Gauging interest in […] [...]

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