Posts Tagged ‘Arkansas’

JACK WEATHERLY: Economic development in these parts is a ‘family’ business

It’s all in the family when it comes to economic development in the South, if things in these parts are any indication. And I suspect they are. The recent announcement that Mississippi’s top economic development official, Brent Christensen, is leaving for a similar post in Greensboro, N.C., brings this to mind. That, and in Arkansas, […] [...]

New power grid manager poised to open

LITTLE ROCK — A nonprofit company that manages the power grid from the Gulf Coast to Manitoba unveiled a new operations center in Arkansas on Tuesday, saying it moved to the state because it’s not prone to hurricanes and has an increasingly talented workforce. The Midcontinent Independent System Operator control room will manage power production […] [...]

Grain scandal takes its toll on Delta farmers

By JACK WEATHERLY  Harper Ross will not be planting this year for the first time in 24 years, he says, because of the losses he suffered at the hands of an Arkansas-based grain dealer. Ross sold off most of his 6,000 acres in Leland after he and five other Mississippi farmers lost $1.8 million on […] [...]

Yes, this little critter can … BEAT YOUR ASH

By LYNN LOFTON It’s very clear that the Emerald Ash Borer beetle is not welcome in Mississippi even though it has made its way to surrounding states. The Mississippi Forestry Commission is leading the fight to keep this non-native invasive pest out of the Magnolia State. Originally found in Asia and parts of Russia, the […] [...]

Justices must act fast if gay marriage to be settled in June

WASHINGTON — Time is running short for the Supreme Court to get same-sex marriage on its calendar if the justices want to tackle the issue before their current term ends in late June. They might have to decide to jump in at their closed-door conference Friday if they want to resolve the legal debate over […] [...]

JACK WEATHERLY: GHOSTS OF MISSISSIPPI — Colonial Country Club, new job proof of the circle of life

Will we have to rethink our ideas on the rapture? Not a soul is at the Colonial Country Club of Jackson on a crystalline winter day. There appears to have been a sudden departure from the clubhouse. Computer monitors are on. A capped bottle of Coors Light sits on a bar. Stemmed glasses are out, […] [...]

FBI asks agencies to watch Memphis, Tenn., bridges

by Published: December 24,2014

Tags: Arkansas, Business, Memphis, Mississippi, Mississippi River

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The FBI asked law officers assigned to areas around the Mississippi River bridges at Memphis, Tennessee, to help keep an eye on the spans after a vague threat came in warning that one would be blown up. FBI spokesman Christopher M. Allen said Tuesday from Washington the threat was “unsubstantiated.” The […] [...]

Mississippi, 6 other states have bans on atheists holding office

ANNAPOLIS — Some freedom-from-religion advocates are pressing Maryland and six other states to remove provisions from their state constitutions prohibiting people who don’t believe in God from holding public office. The Openly Secular coalition, based in Columbus, Ohio, says the other states are Arkansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. The New York […] [...]

Consultants’ emails portray MDEQ as permit facilitator for silicon plant

Consultants working to help Mississippi Silicon gain a clean air permit for a Burnsville silicon plant apparently perceived the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality as more of an ally eager to move the project forward than a regulator. Emails from consultants praise the state environmental regulators for helping to “head off” any objections to the […] [...]

MDEQ actions at center of trio of federal suits against Mississippi Silicon

Mississippi Silicon’s $200 million Burnsville plant on the Tombigbee Waterway is on track to open in slightly more than a year as the first new U.S. silicon factory in nearly 40 years. But whether that occurs will hinge on Mississippi Silicon beating back claims the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality strayed from its procedural rules […] [...]

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