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Kemper plant employee gag order continued

Jack Weatherly A Jefferson County, Ala. judge on Friday extended for another month a gag order preventing a key manager at Mississippi Power Co.’s Kemper County coal-fired power plant from making public statements about the facility. The parent of Mississippi Power Co., Atlanta-based Southern Co., contends that the information would do great harm to the company. […] [...]

Meet the MBJ’s Businesswoman of the Year — Rosemary Smith, a business hotshot

by Published: February 26,2015

Tags: Becky Smith, Business, Mississippi, NEWS, Pat Thomasson

By TED CARTER The oil field is a rugged proving ground for any individual. But a young Rosemary Smith just out of the Army found it a high-stakes terrain she relished traveling. And, boy, did she travel it. Night, day, dusk, dawn – the Raleigh, native pushed her start-up company’s lone three-quarter-ton pickup truck from Alabama […] [...]

J. Craig Stepan chosen as new leader for Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway board

by Published: February 25,2015

Tags: Business, Golden Triangle, J. Craig Stepan, Mississippi, NEWS

COLUMBUS — The Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Development Authority has hired an Alabama man as its new administrator. The hiring of J. Craig Stepan of Fairhope, Alabama, was announced in a news release. Stepan succeeds Bruce Windham who resigned last year due to illness. Stepan will also be president of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Development Council, the authority’s […] [...]

TVA sets record demand for February

by Published: February 20,2015

Tags: Business, Mississippi, NEWS, Tennessee, TVA, winter

KNOXVILLE — The Tennessee Valley Authority says cold temperatures this week drove customers to set a record for demand for February. TVA says the power demand hit an estimated 32,129 megawatts at 7 a.m. EST on Thursday. At that time, average temperatures in its coverage area hovered around 7 degrees. The previous record for February […] [...]

ALAN TURNER — Michael Callahan has a big job covering most of state

After growing up in Birmingham, Alabama, Michael Callahan says that he figured out that football was one avenue to career success. “I wound up going to the University of Southern Mississippi on a football scholarship,” he said in a recent meeting.  “I was the first member of my family to go to college, and I […] [...]

Rosemary Smith wins MBJ’s Businesswoman of the Year

by Published: February 18,2015

Tags: Business, Businesswoman of the Year, Mississippi, NEWS, Rosemary Smith

  Rosemary Smith was named the 2015 Mississippi Business Journal Businesswoman of the Year today in front of a crowd of nearly 500 at the Hilton Hotel on County Line Road in Jackson. Smith, who grew up as one of eight children in the small town of Raleigh, is the Owner, President and Sole Stockholder of R […] [...]

DAVID DALLAS — The dirt on Kemper Coal

The State Supreme Court has told Mississippi Power and its parent Southern Company to refund money to almost 200,000 customers. The state’s Public Service Commission had given Southern Company permission to start increasing rates on customers in an effort to pay off what is easily the most expensive boondoggle in Mississippi history. Public Service Commission […] [...]

Judge: Oil, gas firms not liable for La. coastal erosion

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has dismissed a New Orleans-area levee authority’s lawsuit charging oil and gas companies with destroying Louisiana’s coastal wetlands. The lawsuit was filed by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East in 2013 against nearly 100 oil and gas companies over damage they allegedly caused to Louisiana’s wetlands. The authority is […] [...]

Supreme Court says PSC blew it on Kemper power plant, orders refund

JACKSON — One thing is certain following Thursday’s state Supreme Court ruling — Mississippi Power Co.’s customers will be getting back the $200 million-plus they’ve paid so far for the coal-fueled power plant that the company is building in Kemper County. But what happens after that is anybody’s guess, as the court threw the problem […] [...]

More than half latest round of oil spill seafood claims paid

by Published: February 13,2015

Tags: Business, Deepwater Horizon, Mississippi, NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — The administrator of claims arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill says more than half the payments from a $500 million second round of seafood industry claims have been distributed. Patrick Juneau said in a news release that the program has resulted in $296 million in payments to 2,647 claimants. […] [...]

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