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USM-Gulf Park sets new graduate enrollment record

LONG BEACH — The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach has reached record enrollment in its master’s degree programs. For the spring 2014 semester, a total of 361 graduate students are working to earn one of 11 master’s degrees available to students at the university’s Gulf Park campus. “An expanding number […] [...]

Family launches Billups Coffee with headquarters in Oxford

OXFORD — Billups Coffee has launched in Oxford, continuing a longtime Billups family tradition of entrepreneurship in the South. Mississippi natives as well as alumni and supporters of Ole Miss Guy and Hattie Billups founded Billups Coffee and decided to headquarter the company’s operations in their hometown of Oxford. The Billups family founded Billups Petroleum […] [...]

Entergy gives $500K grant to The Nature Conservancy

NEW ORLEANS — Environmental innovators in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas are implementing solutions for the management of the mid-South’s natural and environmental resources through a $500,000 grant from Entergy Corporation to The Nature Conservancy. With support from Entergy’s Environmental Initiatives Fund and other grant programs, the projects are engineered to make a positive difference […] [...]

Specialty Crop Block Grants now available through MDAC

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce is now accepting proposals for Mississippi’s FY 2014 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. The purpose of the program is to enhance the competitiveness of Mississippi’s specialty crop industry. Projects funded through the program must address at least one of the following priority areas: research, education/training/technical assistance, […] [...]

Chaney drops lawsuit against National Flood Insurance Program

JACKSON — The state of Mississippi’s lawsuit against the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) will be withdrawn pending the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) implementation of a new law passed by Congress “intended to alleviate some of the draconian rate increases facing Mississippi homeowners,” Commissioner of Insurance Mike Chaney said. Chaney and the Mississippi Insurance […] [...]

Hood joins other AGs in efforts to curb copper theft

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood, Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper and representatives for Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell met in Memphis yesterday for a roundtable discussion on the growing concern of copper theft. Representatives from Mississippi’s Secretary of State’s Office, Agriculture Commission and Department of Public Safety also attended […] [...]

Sawtimber, pulpwood markets improving, but challenges remain

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Markets for Mississippi’s sawtimber and pulpwood are bouncing back from the economic recession, but the industry is not improving across the board. “Slowly but surely, markets for sawtimber are beginning to grow again after the sharp declines seen after the collapse of the U.S. housing market and the ensuing recession,” said James […] [...]

MDEQ lifts beach advisories, closure; all stations now clear

HARRISON COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, has lifted two water contact advisories for Coast beach monitoring stations. The affected stations are: • Station 7A-Long Beach Beach, which extends from Oak Gardens Avenue east to Girard Avenue • Station 8, Gulfport West Beach, which extends from Marie […] [...]

Bomgar Insider honored for effective use of social media

by MBJ Staff Published: April 14,2014

Tags: award, Bomgar, Bomgar Insider, computing, Forrester Groundswell Award, social media, technology

JACKSON — Bomgar has been named a winner in the 2014 Forrester Groundswell Awards for its customer advocacy program, the Bomgar Insider. The Forrester Groundswell Awards recognize excellence in the effective use of social technologies to drive business success. Bomgar was named the winner in the Social Reach Marketing (B2B) category during the Forrester Marketing […] [...]

NRF: Retail sales increased nationwide in most categories

WASHINGTON — Warmer spring weather spurred continued consumer spending and activity this March. According to the National Retail Federation, March retail sales, which exclude automobiles, gas stations and restaurants, increased 0.8 percent adjusted month-to-month and 1.6 percent unadjusted year-over-year. NRF president and CEO Matthew Shay said, “Retail sales increased in most categories and sectors as […] [...]

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