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Miss. surgeon sentenced in tax evasion case

by Published: December 19,2014

Tags: Business, crime, healthcare, Mississippi, NEWS

GULFPORT — An orthopedic surgeon on the Mississippi Gulf Coast has been sentenced to 75 months in prison for a tax evasion conviction. The U.S. attorney’s office says 50-year-old Dr. Timothy Dale Jackson of Pass Christian was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden. The judge also imposed a $12,500 fine and ordered Jackson […] [...]

Jindal raises money for Tate Reeves

by Published: December 19,2014

Tags: Business, Common Core, education, Mississippi, Politics

GULFPORT — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is helping raise campaign cash for Mississippi’s Republican lieutenant governor, Tate Reeves, who’s seeking a second term in 2015. A Reeves campaign email says Jindal was appearing at Reeves’ fundraiser Thursday evening at a home in Gulfport, with ticket prices ranging from $250 to $2,500. The Advocate reports that […] [...]

December 19th Digital Edition

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Miss. woman charged in scam after burning death

JACKSON — A north Mississippi resident has been arrested after authorities say she created a fundraising scam tied to the burning death of a 19-year-old woman. Attorney General Jim Hood says 39-year-old Janet Posey of Blue Springs is charged with one count of attempted false pretense and one count of communications fraud. Hood says his […] [...]

Miss. universities win final OK to raise tuition

JACKSON — Mississippi’s College Board gave final approval Thursday to plans for the state’s eight public universities to raise tuition by an average of 3.2 percent this fall. Under the plan, Delta State University and Mississippi Valley State University would keep tuition flat for the third year. The other six universities would increase charges from […] [...]

Mississippi, 6 other states have bans on atheists holding office

ANNAPOLIS — Some freedom-from-religion advocates are pressing Maryland and six other states to remove provisions from their state constitutions prohibiting people who don’t believe in God from holding public office. The Openly Secular coalition, based in Columbus, Ohio, says the other states are Arkansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. The New York […] [...]

State economic development leaders optimistic of 2015

State business and economic development leaders are optimistic that the sluggish economic recovery from the 2008 recession will kick into high gear in 2015. At 7.6 percent, Mississippi had the second highest unemployment rate in the country in November. But that is a significant improvement from rates of more than 10 percent in 2011, and […] [...]

Mary Martha Henson brings a variety of experiences to MEDC leadership position

Although she feels she has some big shoes to fill at the helm of the Mississippi Economic Development Council, Mary Martha Henson brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position she assumed less than two years ago. She serves as the executive director and chief operating officer of the statewide organization of economic […] [...]

After 8 months, Byram recycling program growing

by Published: December 18,2014

Tags: Business, Byrum, environment, Going Green, Mississippi, NEWS

The City of Byram’s Ready, Set, Recycle! Program kicked off in April and has been well-received by residents, said Lareka Washington, the city’s grants coordinator. Officials already are looking at expanding hours for the volunteer recycling program. The program is funded through a grant from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. Residents have been dropping […] [...]

Let there be LED — One of state’s smallest towns implementing a bright idea

by Published: December 18,2014

Tags: Business, environmental, Going Green, lighting, Mississippi, NEWS

Walnut Grove in Leake County may be one of the state’s smallest towns, but it’s on the cutting edge of street lighting with the recent addition of LEDs (light emitting diodes) along its streets. The town of 1,900 residents is at the northern tip of Mississippi Power’s service territory and can now stake a claim […] [...]

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