Mississippi Ballet to celebrate 50th year with NY City Ballet’s Stars of American Ballet

The official announcement won’t come until a Sept. 17 press conference but The Mississippi Ballet says it will kick off its golden anniversary celebration on Sunday, Nov. 3, with a Thalia Mara Hall performance by t, a touring company comprised of principals & soloists from New York City Ballet.

Thalia Mara Hall will host the performers from New York City Ballet on Nov. 3.

Thalia Mara Hall will host the performers from New York City Ballet on Nov. 3.

They will be performing four pas de deux by George Balanchine, one of the most prolific choreographers in the history of American dance and co-founder of New York City Ballet. Additionally, they will perform Jerome Robbin’s masterpiece Fancy Free set to the music of Leonard Bernstein.

The official announcement of the 50th anniversary kick off performance is scheduled for 10:30 a,m. Sept. 17 on the front lawn of Thalia Mara Hall, 206 E. Pascagoula St.


UPDATE: Florida police called on George Zimmerman

George Zimmerman following his trial.

George Zimmerman following his trial.

ORLANDO, Fla. — George Zimmerman’s wife has called police to her father’s house, saying the former neighborhood watch volunteer who was acquitted of murder threatened her with a gun.

Lake Mary Police Chief Steve Bracknell says Shellie Zimmerman called police shortly after 2 p.m. Monday.

Bracknell says Zimmerman hasn’t been arrested and officers are at the house trying to determine what happened.

Shellie Zimmerman filed for divorce last week.

In the divorce petition, Shellie Zimmerman says she and her husband separated a month after Zimmerman was acquitted of any crime for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin last July.

Zimmerman’s acquittal led to protests nationwide.

— The Associated Press

Furniture Brands to lay off 1,400 in Mississippi, files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Screen Shot 2013-09-09 at 2.33.23 PMSeveral sources have told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that Furniture Brands International has notified the state that it expects to lay off up to 1,451 people at its facilities in Mississippi.

Those facilities would be Lane Furniture, which has manufacturing plants in Belden and Saltillo, as well as an office and distribution center in Verona and another distribution center in Wren.

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Feds cite Delta Oil Mill for 25 work safety violations, 22 termed ‘serious’

GREENWOOD, Mississippi – Federal work safety regulators have slapped the more than half-century old Delta Oil Mill with a $83,415 fine after discovering 25 safety and health violations at the cottonseed oil plant.

member_ginsThe U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration initiated its inspection in May after receiving a complaint alleging a worker sustained a back injury after falling through a floor opening and landing on a powered industrial truck.

The workplace safety agency termed 22 of the 25 violations as “serious”

The “serious” infractions included failing to guard wall openings, opened-sided platforms and floor holes without a cover or standard railings. Regulators further cited the plant for failing to keep floors clean and dry of water and cotton lint and not providing specific procedures for controlling hazardous energy.

The list of violations also includes:

» Failing to document certification of periodic inspections of the energy control procedures;

» Failing to train employees on the company’s lockout/tagout program; provide training on electrical safety work practices;

» Failure to implement written electrical safety work practice procedures;

» Failure to post signage and safety symbols to warn employees of electrical hazards;

» Failure to provide employees confined space training before entering a railcar;

» Failure to inform workers of the hazards they face before entering a railcar.

» Allowing employees to use a forklift inappropriately to elevate workers;

» Allowing workers to enter a railcar without a retrieval line attached to the body harness;

» Blocking access to electrical boxes and several instances of unguarded equipment.

OSHA said it terms a serious violation an instance in which there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

Three other-than-serious violations were also cited. OSHA said in these instances the mill did not have an OSHA 300-A form certified by a company executive and failed to ensure workers were wearing hearing protection.

“Our inspection found serious hazards that reflect management’s neglect of maintenance and safety procedures,” said Clyde Payne, OSHA’s area director in Jackson. “It is imperative that the employer immediately eliminate these hazards from the workplace to avoid another employee being seriously injured.”

Delta Oil Mill is a manufacturer of cottonseed oil, cottonseed meal, cottonseed hulls, linters, cottonseed meal fertilizer and whole cottonseed.

The cottonseed oil producer has 15 days to appeal.

The mill has functioned as a cooperative since 1949.