Archive | April, 2012

Lee County school worker indicted in theft of school property

April 25, 2012

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A Lee County School District employee has been indicted on two counts of embezzlement related to an air conditioner and pickup truck allegedly stolen form the school district. Authorities arrested Randy Thweatt on April 17 at the Lee County School District office. A grand jury has since indicted him, according to the State Auditor’s Office, […]

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C Spire executive named new BCI COO

April 25, 2012

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Gregory Latour has been named the new chief operating officer for Business Communications Inc. (BCI). Bill Grothe has also been named chief financial officer of the Ridgeland technology firm. Latour previously served as senior vice-president for strategic development for C Spire Wireless. Former BCI COO Tom Hinds left the company in January, leaving daily operations in […]

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Development in distressed times is CCIM forum topic

April 25, 2012

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Development in a downturn will be addressed Thursday, April 26, when commercial real estate professionals from all corners of Mississippi gather in Jackson for a forum organized by the Mississippi Chapter of CCIM. Registration is still being accepted for the three-hour workshop titled “Development in a Downturn: From the Ground Up to Distressed Development.” The […]

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Mississippi State Ag. Division draws from ranks to fill key post

April 24, 2012

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Cary W. “Bill” Herndon, a long-time leader in Mississippi State University’s Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine, has been named the new associate vice president in the division. His selection followed a national search. “Dr. Herndon’s experience made him the perfect choice to help advance our efforts to serve the university, the state and […]

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Former Leake County Chamber chief headed to prison

April 24, 2012

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Renodda Dorman, former Leake County Chamber of Commerce executive director, received a 10-year prison sentence Tuesday after pleading guilty to embezzling more than $60,000. The sentence specifies Dorman must serve five years behind bars and five years of probation. The court also ordered Dorman to make $60,916.11 in restitution to Leake County. The joint investigation […]

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Dry spring puts Mississippi rice producers ahead of schedule

April 20, 2012

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Dry conditions have allowed Mississippi rice producers to plant earlier this year than in previous years. Nathan Buehring, rice specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said an absence of heavy spring rains put the state’s producers well ahead of schedule. About 80 to 85 percent of the state’s rice was planted by mid-April. […]

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Alabama regaining jobs more quickly than Georgia or Mississippi

April 20, 2012

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Alabama still has some worrisome jobless numbers in many of its counties but its overall unemployment of 7.3 percent for March should make it the envy of the two states that it is sandwiched between — Georgia (9 percent unemployment for March) and Mississippi (9.5 percent unemployment for February). Though Georgia and Mississippi both have […]

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Stodder — U.S. Export-Import Bank walks the plank

April 20, 2012

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The Export-Import Bank, a legacy of the New Deal that helps thousands of small businesses and some very large ones compete in foreign markets, teeters on the brink of extinction because it has become a symbol of big government largesse and corporate cronyism. For the bank’s allies, it is a distressing sign of the extreme […]

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Business expansion, partnership create 60 jobs in Natchez

April 18, 2012

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Gov. Phil Bryant and officials with the Blaine Companies and Fores Canada Inc. announced the creation of 60 new jobs for Natchez and Adams County. The two companies are partnering to produce and strengthen frac sand. Frac sand is used by the oil and gas industry for hydraulic fracturing of conventional and unconventional reservoirs, such […]

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Metropolitan Bank doing business out of new Ridgeland HQ

April 18, 2012

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Metropolitan Bank has officially opened its new Mississippi headquarters in Ridgeland at 1069 Highland Colony Parkway in The Township at Colony Park. The 15,500-square-foot headquarters is home to Metropolitan’s executive offices, including commercial and personal banking, and mortgage lending. The new office employs 19 associates, which was the driving force of bank leadership’s decision to […]

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