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GI Specialists opens at Crossgates River Oaks Hospital

BRANDON — GI Specialists of Mississippi has opened its doors to patients on the campus of Crossgates River Oaks Hospital in Brandon. Dr. Shuja Yousuf, a gastroenterologist, has already started seeing new patients at the clinic. “I am excited to return to this growing community,” said Yousuf. “I practiced medicine for many years in Brandon […] [...]

MSU researchers looking at safe handling of radioactive materials

STARKVILLE — If released in significant quantities, radioactive materials pose a potential threat to people and the environment. Now, new research at Mississippi State University is helping the nuclear industry ensure that radioactive materials continue to be safely contained and that standards of safety are continuously improved. MSU’s Institute for Clean Energy Technology (ICET) is […] [...]

GreenTech holds grand opening of neighborhood electric vehicle plant

TUNICA — GreenTech Automotive (GTA), a U.S. automotive manufacturer dedicated to developing and producing environmentally friendly, energy-efficient vehicles, yesterday celebrated the grand opening of its new production facility in Tunica. “We started GreenTech Automotive with the vision to make energy-efficient cars that are so inexpensive the average American could afford to buy them,” said Charles […] [...]

FEMA approves more than $43M for tornado recovery efforts

LOUISVILLE — U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), with Rep. Alan Nunnelee (R-Miss.), report approval for more than $43.5 million in federal grant awards linked to work to rebuild tornado-damaged Louisville and Winston County, including $34.5 million to support restoration of a plywood manufacturing plant. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) informed […] [...]

Peoples Bank reports quarterly loss due to bad loans

BILOXI — The parent of The Peoples Bank reported a net loss of $1.8 million for the quarter ending Sept. 30. Peoples Financial Corporation CEO Chevis Swetman says the loss stemmed primarily from issues with two loans. Swetman says the bank’s fundamentals remain sound, though it was forced to write down one loan and move […] [...]

Granddaughter of Barq’s Root Beer founder dies at 90

BILOXI — Ella Mae Barq, the granddaughter of the founder of Barq’s Root Beer and the company’s vice president, has died at the age of 90 in Biloxi. Gary Dubaz with Bradford O’Keefe Funeral Homes say she died Sunday of natural causes. Her grandfather, Edward Charles Barq Sr., founded the company in 1890 and passed […] [...]

Watkins says JRA out to block him from Farish by repaying HUD $1.5M

Former Farish Street developer David Watkins says he suspects bad faith motives are behind the Jackson Redevelopment Authority’s agreement to cover a $1.5 million repayment the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has demanded from the City of Jackson. Watkins says the motive is clear to him:  Paying HUD could clear the way for […] [...]

Currier: Ebola is low-risk, but training, preparation ongoing

JACKSON — State health officials say they are keeping Mississippi hospitals and medical facilities up-to-date on Ebola identification and treatment. State Health Officer Dr. Mary Currier, speaking at a briefing in Jackson today, says Ebola is low-risk in Mississippi. However, she says the Health Department is working with hospitals to get staff trained and prepared […] [...]

MDOT cutting more than 40 jobs in Right-of-Way Division

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Transportation is eliminating 44 jobs in its Right-of-Way Division. Jason Scott, spokesman for MDOT, says the workers in the Appraisals and Titles section of the Right-of-Way Division were notified this past week. He says workers will be employed with the DOT until January. MDOT officials say no other layoffs […] [...]

Renasant records highest quarterly earnings in 110-year history

TUPELO — Renasant Corporation saw net income for the third quarter of 2014 increase to $15,535,000, or basic and diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $0.49, as compared to $6,637,000, or basic and diluted EPS of $0.24, for the third quarter of 2013. The company’s balance sheet and results of operations as of and for […] [...]

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