Archive | March, 2013

Trustmark to acquire Oxford’s two SOUTHBank locations

March 29, 2013

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Just off the closing of its acquisition of Mobile-based BancTrust Financial Group and its 49 Alabama branches, Trustmark National Bank has agreed to buy the two Oxford locations of SOUTHBank, F.S.B. Under the agreement, Trustmark would acquire deposits of the two locations totaling about $11.8 million and the office buildings at 106 Court House Square […]

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Governor of Tennessee joins peers refusing Medicaid plan

March 29, 2013

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Gov. Bill Haslam of Tennessee has rejected expansion of Medicaid in his state over impatience with the Obama administration’s for approval of his proposal to let the state use the money to buy private insurance for the working poor who wold otherwise be covered by Medicaid expansion. In turning down Medicaid expansion, Haslam called for […]

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MBJ-TV talks with anti-abortion activist Terri Herring

March 29, 2013

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AP has a story out on Gov. Bryant’s new appointee to the state board of health. AP- Gov. Phil Bryant says he wants senators to confirm his nomination of anti-abortion activist Terri Herring to the state Board of Health, but a top lawmaker said it’s unclear whether Herring will receive enough support… Herring, 54, of […]

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Analysis: Reeves risks blame if charter bills fail

March 29, 2013

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Tate Reeves looked like a wizard after his first legislative session as Mississippi lieutenant governor. But the reputation of the Republican leader of the Senate could be in for a radical re-evaluation if a charter school expansion doesn’t make it into law in the closing days of the 2013 session. In 2012, Reeves stiffed the […]

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Mississippi unemployment highest in the nation

March 29, 2013

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Unemployment rates fell in 22 U.S. states in February from January, a sign that hiring gains are benefiting many parts of the country, says a story from the Associated Press. Mississippi’s rate remains stubbornly high, rising to 9.6 in February to atop the national average. Neighboring Alabama’s rate had been in decline until February, when […]

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Delta town No. 2 on list of best small towns

March 28, 2013

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Smithsonian Magazine has named Cleveland, Miss., No. 2 in its list of America’s 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2013. “We are very excited about this designation and appreciate the attention it is bringing to Cleveland and the surrounding area,” Cheryl Line, Cleveland-Bolivar County Tourism Director said in a news release. “We hope this […]

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Where’d you get that catfish? Miss. diners can now get the full answer

March 28, 2013

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Customers of Mississippi restaurants will now know whether the catfish on their table is domestically produced or is an imported variety of catfish-like pangasius, also sold as basa, tra and swai. Mississippi producers persuaded legislators this month to amend the state’s catfish Country of Origin Labeling law to require restaurants to also identify the origin […]

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Bobby Cox to manage future stars against Atlanta Braves in Pearl

March 28, 2013

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When the Atlanta Braves and Braves Future Stars meet Saturday in an exhibition game at Trustmark Park in Pearl, there not only will be present and future stars, but there will also be one Braves Hall of Famer in the dugout — manager Bobby Cox. Cox, who managed the Atlanta Braves for 25 years, leading […]

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Openings remain for Entrepreneur Academy in Natchez

March 28, 2013

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For anyone who has the dream of opening their own business, or wants to improve their current small business, a few openings are still available for the upcoming Entrepreneur Academy in Natchez. The Entrepreneur Academy is a combined effort among Alcorn State University, Natchez, Inc., and the Mississippi Development Authority. The three-month program begins April […]

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SBA, AARP to present entrepreneur business forum on Gulf Coast

March 28, 2013

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The Small Business Administration’s Mississippi District Office and Mississippi AARP will host an Encore Entrepreneur Business Forum from 1 to 4:30 p.m. on April 17 at the Westside Community Center, 4006 8th St. in Gulfport. The free event is targeted at entrepreneurs 50 and over to provide these “encore entrepreneurs” with resources to start or […]

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