Archive | August, 2011

Tupelo’s Renasant adds Tuscaloosa to bank expansion roster

August 23, 2011

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Alabama has growing appeal for Renasant Bank, as the Tupelo-based regional bank followed last year’s expansion into Birmingham with entry into the Tuscaloosa market this week. Renasant’s temporary location will be in the “Fitts” building at 1806 6th St. in downtown Tuscaloosa. Tuscaloosa marks Renasant’s ninth expansion over the past 12 months. Tuscaloosa adds to […]

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Day of reckoning ahead for Mississippi’s Public Employment Retirement System

August 22, 2011

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Panel studying possible changes to state retirement system benefits Upgrades in retirement benefits granted to Mississippi’s public sector workers a decade ago could get rolled back as the state, its cities, counties and school districts struggle to stay financially afloat. Citing an “unsustainable” burden on Mississippi taxpayers inching toward $1 billion annually, Gov. Haley Barbour […]

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According to union lawyer, Public Employment Retirement System chief, options are limited

August 22, 2011

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The head of the Public Employees Retirement System of Mississippi says the $20.7-billion retirement trust fund is constitutionally protected but she doubts the benefits of retirees and public sector workers enrolled in the plan have the same protections. “However, this could be debated,” said Pat Robertson, PERS executive director. She cited a 1986 amendment to […]

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Film industry workforce training starting

August 22, 2011

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Film industry workforce training classes on a variety of topics begin this month at Hinds Community College’s Rankin Campus. Classes range from five weeks to two-day seminars and cover everything from technical skills to location scouting. Electric(ian) for the Film Industry August 23 – September 15, 2011; Tues. & Thurs., 6-9pm $200 Grip for the […]

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“The Help” No. 1 at Box Office

August 22, 2011

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Brandon Gray of Box Office Mojo: “On the bright side, The Help climbed to the top spot… while Rise of the Planet of the Apes took second. The Help eased 21 percent to an estimated $20.5 million, lifting its total to $71.8 million in 12 days. It marked the first time since early January that […]

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ACT: Mississippi ranks last in college readiness

August 19, 2011

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According to the ACT’s “Condition of College and Career Readiness” report released Aug. 17, the Mississippi graduating class of 2011 had the lowest percentages in the nation of students meeting the ACT benchmarks on subject area tests. Only 10 percent of Mississippi’s class of 2011 students met all four college readiness benchmarks in English, reading, […]

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Companies exploring for oil in Southwest Mississippi

August 19, 2011

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Companies are now drilling in the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale play, an “unproven unconventional 7 billion barrel oil resource” spanning central Louisiana and southwestern Mississippi. The total potential of the play — as estimated by the Basin Research Institute at Louisiana State University — would equal the United States’ oil consumption for a year, which was […]

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Steamboat American Queen is planning to dock in Vicksburg

August 19, 2011

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In 2008 when the historic steamboat Delta Queen discontinued Mississippi River tours, communities up and down the river not only lost a piece of cultural history, they also lost an important tourism asset. Thus, the state’s Mississippi River communities, still reeling from the recent flood, are all smiles with the announcement this month that the […]

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Environmentalists oppose planting of gentically engineered crops

August 19, 2011

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Opponents of genetically engineered (GE) crops maintain that human consumption of these products poses a risk to public health. Now, three environmental groups have brought a lawsuit against the federal government contending that genetically modified crops are not fit for even wildlife to consume and do harm to habitat. But while the two sides argue […]

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HOPE Credit Union set to replace BancorpSouth in Utica, Edwards

August 17, 2011

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In a move to fill the void left by the planned closing of branches by Bancorp South Bank, Hope Credit Union plans to open locations in the Hinds County communities of Utica and Edwards. The closings in Utica and Edwards at the end of August will leave the towns with no banking services. Tupelo-based BancorpSouth […]

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