Archive for the ‘Year in Review’ Category

“The Help” Leads Box Office

by Published: August 21,2011

Tags: Brent's Drugs, Kathryn Stockett, The Help

Brandon Gray of Box Office Mojo: “On the bright side, The Help climbed to the top spot… while Rise of the Planet of the Apes took second. The Help eased 21 percent to an estimated $20.5 million, lifting its total to $71.8 million in 12 days. It marked the first time since early January that […] [...]

Honorable Mention: Haley, the RGA and the Kemper Plant

There are reasons that Barbour is for the plan Since he assumed office in 2003, people have speculated about whether Mississippi Governor and political powerhouse Haley Barbour would run for president. Over the past several months Barbour effectively campaigned for Republican governors as the chair of the Republican Governors Association. He made appearances on behalf […] [...]

Honorable Mention: The Justice Department Looks Into Entergy Practices

by Published: December 19,2010

Tags: Entergy Corp., U.S. Department of Justice

Fuel purchasing gets attention of the feds In October Entergy Corp. disclosed to state regulators that the U.S. Department of Justice is investigating its transmissions system and electricity-purchasing practices. In addition to Entergy Mississippi, the investigation involves Entergy Arkansas, Entergy Gulf States Louisiana, Entergy Louisiana, Entergy Texas and Entergy New Orleans, as well as Entergy […] [...]

Honorable Mention: Bio-fuels became household word in Mississippi

by Published: December 19,2010

Tags: BlueFire Renewables, Haley Barbour, KIOR

BlueFire reached deal to build in Fulton Biomass-rich Mississippi landed two major projects this year. In September, BlueFire Renewables, looking to build an ethanol plant in Fulton, reached two milestone agreements (MBJ Online, Sept. 21, “BlueFire signs ethanol agreement with TBF;” and, MBJ Online, Sept. 27, “BlueFire signs feedstock contract with Alabama company”). The following […] [...]

Honorable Mention: Pro-Business wants go unheard by State’s voters

National wave of anti-everything swept through Mississippi Unless your name was Bennie Thompson, November’s midterm elections in Mississippi were a bad time to be a Democratic incumbent. First District Rep. Travis Childers, D-Booneville, lost after serving only one term. Gene Taylor, D-Bay St. Louis, lost after having represented the Fourth District for more than 20 years. […] [...]

Kemper’s coal

Mississippi Power finally had its way with the state’s Public Service Commission On June 3, regulators granted Mississippi Power Company a certificate of public convenience and necessity to build its $2.4-billion clean coal plant in Kemper County, on which the company broke ground last week. The approval came after extensive hearings in February, a conditional […] [...]

It’s the economy

Mississippi’s bankers and lenders can’t seem to get out of each other’s way as state appears to be late in the recession and out Late both coming and going — that’s how economists of the future will detail Mississippi’s experience with the Great Recession. While tardy to settle into the economic slump that beset much […] [...]

Back in business

by Published: December 19,2010

Tags: Barbara McDaniel, Blue Springs, Toyota, Year in Review

After announcing no immediate plans to finish the Blue Springs plant in 2009, Toyota made amends in 2010 with plan to open After about 18 months in recession-imposed limbo, Toyota announced in June that it was resuming preparations to open its facility in Blue Springs (“Toyota resumes prepping for Blue Springs plant,” MBJ June 17). […] [...]

BP oil disaster

Deepwater Horizon gaff, which killed 11, had economic impact on Mississippi Coast as well as national and international politics On April 20, Mississippians learned that the oil platform Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico approximately 50 miles south of the Louisiana Coast had exploded costing 11 lives. While tragic, it seemed far away from […] [...]

Honorable Mention: MDOT’s brown has run-in with the law

Executive director originally said he had not been arrested Mississippi Department of Transportation executive director Butch Brown was arrested in the early morning of July 23 and charged with public intoxication and disorderly conduct. Brown was arrested at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi. The casino quickly dropped the disorderly conduct charge. In November, Brown agreed […] [...]

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