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TED CARTER — Hammer comes down on those predatory robocallers (kind of)

Here’s something for the “Don’t-Spend-it-All –in-One-Place” file. The Mississippi PSC’s Brandon Presley says the robo offenders have promised to quit annoying Mississippians. The unscrupulous folks behind those annoying robocalls you’ve been getting have agreed to settle with the State of Mississippi for about the price of a compact automobile. The offenders, including serial annoyer Caribbean […] [...]

DAVID DALLAS — The Dirt on Kemper Coal II: Lord Barbour Strikes Back

When the facts are piling up against you, change the subject. That is former Governor Haley Barbour’s new, painfully obvious strategy as he continues to lobby for Southern Company and its bottomless money pit, the Kemper County Coal Plant. Last week, Barbour compared the cost overruns and delays of the Kemper Plant to the construction […] [...]

Texas company fined for taking water from a Mississippi river

JACKSON — A Texas oil company involved in the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale project has agreed to pay a $60,000 penalty for withdrawing water from a stream without a permit. The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality tells The Enterprise-Journal Halcon Operating Co., based in Houston, agreed to pay the sum for taking water from Buffalo River […] [...]

Haley Barbour: Kemper plant will rival Grand Gulf’s performance

By JACK WEATHERLY  Former Gov. Haley Barbour predicts that Mississippi Power Co.’s Kemper County coal-powered plant will in the long run rival the performance of Entergy’s Grand Gulf nuclear plant in Port Gibson. “Grand Gulf took more than twice as long to build and cost more than twice as much [as originally planned].  And after it […] [...]

Hattiesburg wastewater treatment system could cost $152M

HATTIESBURG — The city of Hattiesburg could be looking at about $152.5 million over the next three years or so for a fully-mechanical wastewater treatment system that would continue to discharge into the Leaf River. In a presentation Tuesday night to the Hattiesburg City Council and Mayor Johnny DuPree, The Hattiesburg American reports Neel-Schaffer engineer […] [...]

Kemper plant employee gag order continued

Jack Weatherly A Jefferson County, Ala. judge has 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. The case […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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