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Hessell finally has ‘interim’ removed from title at HCDC

GULFPORT — Bill Hessell can drop the interim tag from his job with the Harrison County Development Commission. Hessell started at the HCDC in 2004 as interim director and became interim director again when Director Larry Barnett left for a job in Texas. He took over as full-time director this month. The HCDC is the […] [...]

Ford Foundation gives to UM for new science building

OXFORD and JACKSON — The University of Mississippi is adding a new science building, and has gotten a boost from a $20-million lead gift from the Gertrude C. Ford Foundation of Jackson. The facility will be a significant addition to “Science Row” along the section between University Avenue and All American Drive. It comes on […] [...]

UMMC joins national group in fight to lower colorectal cancer deaths

JACKSON — The University of Mississippi Medical Center is a new member of a national organization dedicated to lowering deaths from colorectal cancer. The UMMC Cancer Institute has joined the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable, a national coalition of public, private and voluntary organizations working to lower colorectal deaths. Mississippi has the highest colorectal cancer death […] [...]

Voters in Fulton say yes to in-city beer, liquor sales

FULTON — City of Fulton voters have approved the sale of beer and liquor inside the city limits. Aldermen will now have to set guidelines and regulations for the alcohol sales to determine when and where it can be sold. Yesterday, voters in Fulton had to decide whether to legalize the sale of beer and […] [...]

State Sen. Gandy hospitalized in South America

WAYNESBORO — A Mississippi state lawmaker is hospitalized in South America after doctors found blood clots in one of his legs. Republican Sen. Phillip Gandy of Waynesboro says he expects to be discharged from a hospital in Santiago, Chile, by Friday if his condition continues to improve. The 64-year-old Gandy says doctors have put him […] [...]

Kemper County plant will cost at least another $496M to complete

KEMPER COUNTY — Southern Co. says it will cost at least another $496 million to finish the power plant it’s building in eastern Mississippi’s Kemper County, pushing the total cost above $6.1 billion. And, unlike other recent overruns, customers could have to pay $167 million of the charges if regulators agree. The Atlanta-based parent of […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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