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OUR VIEW: Leaders pass up chance to stem hunger, diet-related disease

by Published: March 30,2015

Tags: Business, healthcare, John E. Hall, Mississippi, NEWS, shopping

Tell the truth. Didn’t you feel annoyed and inconvenienced the last time a bare cupboard forced you to make a trip to the supermarket down the street? If that is all you felt, you are among the more fortunate Mississippians. For more than a quarter of your fellow Magnolia State citizens – predominantly those  in […] [...]

State development agency program helps business owners access new opportunities

by Published: March 30,2015

Tags: Business, Carol harris, MDA, Mississippi, NEWS

By BECKY GILLETTE How important are the Mississippi Development Authority programs that help minority and women-owned business owner learn how to access opportunities to get government contracts? First, government is big business and the largest employer in Mississippi. Second, with 51.4 percent of the state female, and 37 percent African American, a large segment of […] [...]

Statue depicts famous duel that originated ‘Bowie knife’

NATCHEZ — A statue depicting a famous duel that resulted in the “Bowie knife” being coined is now on display at the Natchez Visitor Reception Center. The Natchez Democrat reports that Bowie’s Tavern owner Michael Worley acquired the statue after it was featured in the Historic Arkansas Museum in Little Rock. The statue, sculpted by […] [...]

McComb’s white mayor breaks tie: City to join black caucus

MCCOMB — McComb’s white mayor broke a 3-3 tie along racial lines to affiliate the city with the Mississippi Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials. The Enterprise-Journal reports that the city’s three black selectmen voted last week to apply, while the three white selectmen voted against applying. Mayor Whitney Rawlings voted to apply. During an […] [...]

Analysis: Closed meetings can feed false public impressions

BY: JEFF AMY JACKSON — One lesson of the Dan Jones fiasco? While government boards in Mississippi can legally meet behind closed doors to discuss many issues, the public can be left dumbfounded when a board takes a major action that it’s never before discussed in an open meeting. College Board trustees held repeated discussions […] [...]

New owner to begin major renovations at Natchez Regional

NATCHEZ — Construction plans have been finalized and Natchez Regional Medical Center needs a final bureaucratic nod before work can begin to bring Natchez’s two hospitals together. Hospital Chief Executive Officer Eric Robinson tells The Natchez Democrat code approval can take up to 30 days, so he expects the hospital will hear from the state during […] [...]

Bill would use casino taxes for bridges, little for tourism

by Published: March 30,2015

Tags: Business, Mississippi, NEWS, taxes, tourism, transportation

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers met Sunday and neared final approval of House Bill 1630, which would use $36 million a year in casino taxes mainly to rebuild deficient bridges on state highways. Lawmakers agreed after casinos opened to use that revenue stream for road projects to improve access to casinos. But with those projects completed […] [...]

BILL CRAWFORD: Dan Jones not the angel he is portrayed to be

“It was pride that changed angels into devils,” taught Saint Augustine.   Media reports on the controversy between Dr. Dan Jones, Chancellor of the University of Mississippi, and the IHL Board of Trustees have painted Dr. Jones as an angel and board members as devils. That is not a fair characterization. Good people serve on […] [...]

Man charged in noose left on integration statue at Ole Miss

by Published: March 27,2015

Tags: Business, Mississippi, NEWS, Ole Miss

JACKSON — The Justice Department says a man has been indicted on federal civil rights charges connected to a noose being put on a statue of the student who integrated the University of Mississippi. The noose was placed on the James Meredith statue on the Ole Miss campus in Oxford in February 2014. In 1962, […] [...]

BancorpSouth taps Deborah M. Cannon

by Published: March 27,2015

Tags: BancorpSouth, Deborah M. Cannon

BancorpSouth has announced the company’s board of directors has nominated Deborah M. Cannon of Houston, Texas, for election as a director of BancorpSouth at the annual meeting of shareholders scheduled for April 22. Cannon serves as President and CEO of the Houston Zoo, Inc., and is a former executive vice president of Bank of America. […] [...]

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