Archive | March, 2012

Clarksdale’s Saf-T-Cart having growth spurt, adding 20 jobs

March 27, 2012

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Saf-T-Cart, manufacturer of steel welding carts that transport and store oxygen and acetylene tanks, is expanding in Clarksdale to meet production demands. The company of 55 workers will add 20 workers with the expansion. The project represents a company investment of $240,000 as well as $300,000 in Mississippi Development Authority-sponsored Community Development Block Grant (CBG) […]

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American Institute of Banking courses now eligible for VA funding

March 26, 2012

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U.S. military veterans are now eligible to earn the American Institute of Banking’s new (AIB) Military Banking Operations Diploma as part of their educational benefits provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The VA approved the training program as a way of assisting veterans’ post-service careers. To make the program even more attractive to […]

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Jackson’s Habitat gains grant to rehab and build homes

March 23, 2012

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Habitat for Humanity-Metro Jackson, Inc. (HFH/MJ) has received a $400,000 Affordable Housing Program (AHP) to help fix up 20 homes and build 20 homes in Jackson’s Mid-City neighborhood and are owned by very low-income, elderly, or special needs families. The 20 homes to be constructed will be located in Jackson inner-city neighborhoods and available to […]

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Warm winter and rain challenge Mississippi wheat crop

March 23, 2012

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A winter that quit before it got started challenged the state’s wheat crop, resulting in a below-average crop as it enters the homestretch, the Mississippi State University Extension Service said in its first weekly crop report of the year. Erick Larson, grain crops agronomist with the Extension Service, said warm winter temperatures pushed the crop’s […]

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Trio of notable Ex-Atlanta Braves at Trustmark for FanFest

March 22, 2012

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Klesko, McMichael, Nixon – the names are not exactly legendary in Atlanta Braves’ lore, but each of the three players left their mark at Fulton County Stadium. Fans of the Mississippi Braves will have an opportunity Saturday, March 31, to meet Ryan Klesko, Greg McMichael and Otis Nixon during the M-Braves’ Inaugural Fan Fest at […]

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2011 IBC Generates $10 Million for Mississippi

March 22, 2012

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From the International Ballet Competition: “An independent economic impact study shows that the ninth USA International Ballet Competition generated $10.2 million for Miss. The impact is a 35 percent increase from the 2006 competition and a 61 percent increase over the 2002 event. Compiled by the Department of Economic and Workforce Development at the University […]

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State’s $75M loan promise positions Virdia for biofuel site search

March 21, 2012

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With the promise of a $75 million loan from the Mississippi Development Authority in hand, Redwood City, Calif.-based Virdia is ready to begin scouting for a site to convert the state’s soft pine into sugars for biofuel makers. The one certainty about the plant’s location is that it will be near an ample supply of […]

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VIDEO: T. Boone Pickens, Gov. Bryant team up on state energy plan

March 21, 2012

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Energy financier and natural gas advocate T. Boone Pickens joined Gov. Phil Bryant and other utility and business leaders Wednesday to unveil a statewide energy policy for Mississippi. “While we wait for Washington and Congress to act, leadership is emerging at the state level, and this week, Mississippi, under the leadership of Gov. Phil Bryant, […]

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The mild winter: 2012’s economic powerhouse

March 21, 2012

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What has had the biggest influence on business so far in 2012?  One strong contender was the mild winter. The recent weather was given some of the credit for improving the employment situation for January and February in a USA Today report, which said, “The nation’s mild winter has added thousands of jobs this year, […]

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Bounty Consequences: Saint’s Peyton gets 1-year suspension, team loses 2nd round pick

March 21, 2012

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The NFL has suspended New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton for one year for his involvement in a forbidden “bounty” program, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Wednesday. According to Schefter, Saints general manager Mickey Loomis will be suspended for eight games and fined $500,000. The team will also be fined $500,000 and will lose […]

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