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Former Mississippi First Lady Carroll Waller dies at 87

JACKSON — Former Mississippi First Lady Ava Carroll Overton Waller, 87, of Jackson, died yesterday at Manhattan Nursing Home after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s. Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, at First Baptist Church, Jackson. Visitation will be in the Fellowship Hall of the church from 11 a.m. until the […] [...]

Actuaries: Improving stock market boosts PERS’ results

JACKSON — With stock market gains replacing steep losses in the accounting ledger, Mississippi’s main public employee pension fund posted stronger results last year. Actuaries reported yesterday to the board of the Public Employees Retirement System that the funding percentage — the share of future obligations covered by current assets — rose to 61 percent […] [...]

DeSoto County Supervisor Lee dies in ATV accident on his birthday

HERNANDO — DeSoto County Supervisor Harvey Wayne Lee has died in an all-terrain vehicle accident south of Hernando, Mississippi. County Coroner Jeff Pounders said the accident occurred last night on a county road. Pounders said the 54-year-old Lee was transported the emergency room at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto, where he died. Sheriff’s Department spokesman Dick Hackett […] [...]

Number of requests for general election absentee ballots roughly same as primary

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The deadline to cast an absentee ballot in person at the Circuit Clerk’s Office is Saturday, Nov. 1. “The Statewide Election Management System indicates roughly the same number of absentee ballots have been requested for the general election as the primary election,” says Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. “Typically, absentee ballots are […] [...]

DOT okays SeaPort Airlines’ service between Greenville and Memphis

GREENVILLE — The U.S. Department of Transportation has approved Oregon-based SeaPort Airlines to offer service between Greenville and Memphis, Tennessee. The Delta Democrat-Times reports the airline hopes to start flying by Thanksgiving. SeaPort replaces Silver Airways, which announced it was ending service to four Mississippi cities. It departed Greenville for the last time on Sept. […] [...]

Camgian launches Internet of Things product called Egburt

STARKVILLE — Camgian Microsystems has officially released a new Internet of Things solution called Egburt that will be used in the smart retail, cities and infrastructure industries. Egburt is a complete end-to-end solution that applies real-time analytics across multiple sensor feeds in the field to provide enterprises with immediate operational intelligence and control. Utilizing a […] [...]

After string of losses, O’Hara sees himself as Senate ‘protest vote’

HATTIESBURG — Shawn O’Hara has a perfect record in Mississippi politics — a string of more than a dozen losses over the past 25 years. It is unblemished by a single win for mayor, congressman, senator or governor. Odds are good that 55-year-old Hattiesburg resident will keep his record intact this year as he runs […] [...]

New Gulf surveying/scientific vessel called Blake commissioned

GULFPORT — David Evans and Associates Inc.’s Marine Services Division has commissioned its new 82-foot hydrographic survey and scientific vessel Blake in a ceremony held in the vessel’s homeport of Gulfport. U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) broke a champagne bottle across the Blake’s bow. In addition to remarks by the senator, Rear Admiral Gerd Glang, […] [...]

BP oil spill leaves Rhode Island-sized ring on bottom of Gulf floor

GULF OF MEXICO — The BP oil spill left an oily “bathub ring” on the sea floor that’s about the size of Rhode Island, new research shows. The study by David Valentine, the chief scientist on the federal damage assessment research ships, estimates that about 10 million gallons of oil coagulated on the floor of […] [...]

BlueFire looks to China for financing of biofuel plant

FULTON — A California-based biofuel company says the Export Import Bank of China may loan up to $270 million to build a plant in Fulton. BlueFire Renewables Inc. of Irvine, California, says the bank has signed a letter of intent. The U.S. Department of Energy ended funding to BlueFire last year after disbursing $12 million […] [...]

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