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Wesley Health Systems Federal Credit Union to merge with Keesler Federal Credit Union

by Published: December 16,2014

Tags: banking, BILOXI, Business, finance, Gulf Coast, Mississippi, NEWS

BILOXI –  Wesley Health Systems Federal Credit Union, located in Hattiesburg, will merge with Keesler Federal Credit Union on Feb. 28, 2015.  First chartered in 1968 to serve employees of the former Methodist Hospital, Wesley FCU now serves all of Forrest County and select employee groups in Forrest, Lamar and Marion Counties. Wesley FCU will […] [...]

Former Harrison County utility chief indicted on federal charges

by Published: December 16,2014

Tags: Business, Gulf Coast, Harrison County, Mississippi, NEWS

GULFPORT — A former Harrison County supervisor is scheduled to plead guilty Tuesday to a federal conspiracy charge related to bribes prosecutors say he took from a contractor who was doing business with the local utility authority. Prosecutors say 65-year-old Kim Savant, who resigned earlier Tuesday from the board of supervisors, agreed to have criminal charges […] [...]

U.S. Small Business Administration awards MDA funding for state trade and export promotion program

by Published: December 16,2014

Tags: Business, editorial, MDA, Mississippi, NEWS

The U.S. Small Business Administration has awarded the Mississippi Development Authority funding for the Mississippi State Trade and Export Promotion Program. The STEP Program allows MDA to provide financial and technical assistance to small- and medium-sized Mississippi companies interested in growing their business through trade. Administered by MDA’s Trade Bureau, the program helps reduce some […] [...]

Ikea confirms plan for Memphis store

by Published: December 16,2014

Tags: Business, Commercial Real Estate, Mississippi, NEWS, retail

IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today proposed plans for a possible store in the City of Memphis and Shelby County, Tennessee that could increase the Swedish retailer’s presence in the Southeastern United States as its first store in the state. The potential store could open as early as Fall 2016 and is contingent […] [...]

Tourism group asks Jackson County for room tax

PASCAGOULA — The Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau has asked Jackson County supervisors for a 2 percent nightly occupancy tax on hotel rooms to support tourism. Harrison and Hancock counties have heads-on-beds taxes in place that raise money to support the Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau. Jackson County does not. […] [...]

Retired Mississippi chancery judge Ray Montgomery dies

by Published: December 16,2014

Tags: Business, judge, law, Mississippi, NEWS

CANTON — Retired Chancery Judge Ray H. Montgomery of Canton died Sunday after a brief illness. He was 79. The Mississippi Supreme Court announced Montgomery’s death Monday. Funeral services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Canton. Burial will be in Cato Cemetery in Johns, Mississippi. After retiring, Montgomery heard cases as a […] [...]

Tate Reeves uninjured during car wreck

by Published: December 15,2014

Tags: Business, Mississippi, NEWS, Tate Reeves

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves was in a automobile accident in Covington County today. “I can confirm that Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves was involved in a traffic accident today on Highway 49 in Collins,” his spokeswoman Laura Hipp said. “Lt. Gov. Reeves was a passenger in a Mississippi Highway Patrol vehicle and neither he nor his […] [...]

Summit explores efficient water usage across the Delta

STONEVILLE — Mississippi’s agricultural industry is not going about “business as usual” above ground while the underground water supplies decline every year. More than 200 farmers, ag consultants, natural resource professionals and others with connections to agriculture met at the Mississippi State University Delta Research and Extension Center on Dec. 10 to review options. The […] [...]

Justices Scalia and Kagan to speak at Ole Miss

by Published: December 15,2014

Tags: Business, Mississippi, NEWS, Supreme Court

OXFORD — Two U.S. Supreme Court justices are scheduled to speak at the University of Mississippi. Justices Antonin Scalia and Elena Kagan will speak Monday at a session hosted by the Ole Miss law school. The session will be moderated by law school Associate Dean Jack Nowlin, a constitutional law professor. Though Scalia generally sides […] [...]

In Mississippi, education money gap grows to $1.5B

by Published: December 15,2014

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

DURANT — In a state with a long history of lousy education, and a bad habit of not paying for it, nowhere is the problem as profound as in this tiny town smack in the middle of Mississippi. Durant Public School teachers spend their nights searching for math and other problems on the Internet because […] [...]

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