Archive | January, 2014

Grammer opening U.S. headquarters in Lee County

January 29, 2014

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By Dennis Seid Daily Journal   SHANNON – Automotive supplier Grammer Inc., is building its new U.S. headquarters to the Tupelo-Lee Industrial Park South and creating 650 jobs. The project, valued at $30 million over five years, will be done in two phases, officials said. The company is moving into a 75,000-square-foot building in the […]

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Looking for food? MarketMaker expands

January 29, 2014

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For those looking for food, there is good news out of Mississippi State University. Mississippi food businesses will soon have access to customers all over the world through the expansion of MarketMaker, a database of searchable food industry-related information. Through a new license with MarketMaker, not-for-profit company Riverside Research has exclusive rights to the database. […]

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Storm kills four in state; authorities urge caution as ice/snow lingers

January 29, 2014

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While the snow and ice has ended, the threat to travel and public safety have not, and authorities are asking Mississippians to stay home today if they can. The Arctic blast that sent below freezing temperatures, snow and sleet across Mississippi is being blamed for four deaths from a fire as well as hundreds of […]

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BCBS expecting new owner of HMA’s Miss. hospitals to help keep costs down

January 29, 2014

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Community Health Systems of Franklin, Tenn., completion Monday of its acquisition of Hospital Management Associates in a i$7.6 billion deal gives CHS ownership of 12 of HMA’s former Mississippi hospitals and medical facilities, including four in metro Jackson. The transaction creates the nation’s second largest for-profit hospital chain by revenue, with more than 206 hospitals […]

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Lee County gaining German auto parts maker, over 600 jobs

January 28, 2014

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By Dennis Seid Daily Journal TUPELO, Mississippi – A German automotive supplier will employ hundreds in a new facility in Lee County. Wednesday afternoon, local and state economic development leaders will gather at the Tupelo Lee Industrial Park South in Shannon to make the announcement. State and local leaders declined to give details about the […]

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Quitman tax assessor charged with embezzlement, fraud over credit card use

January 28, 2014

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JACKSON, Mississippi – Quitman County Tax Assessor Kimberly Bell has been indicted on four counts of embezzlement and one count of fraud in what authorities say stemmed from more than $50,000 in unauthorized credit card charges, including cash advances of over $8,000. Sheriff’s deputies booked Bell into the Quitman County Jail Monday. Bell, 38, is […]

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Delta State student wins national GRAMMY contest

January 28, 2014

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    Delta State University’s Delta Music Institute student Jessica Faith rocked the competition recently after being named one of three winners in the 2014 GRAMMY® Amplifier Center Stage contest thanks to her song “If I Told You.” Faith, a freshman from Monticello, Ark., impressively took home the victory after going up against nearly 2,700 […]

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Obama to raise minimum wage to $10.10 for government contract workers

January 28, 2014

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President Obama will announce in the State of the Union address Tuesday that he will use his executive power to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour for workers on new government contracts, fulfilling a top demand by liberal lawmakers and groups, according to a White House document, the Washington Post reports. Obama will […]

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New bid for moving state offices into Jackson’s CBD passes first test

January 28, 2014

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JACKSON, Mississippi — A revived move to consolidate far flung state government office space into Jackson’s Central Business District won unanimous approval Monday afternoon from the Senate Public Property Committee. The bill’s main selling point is the prospect of shaving around $5 million a year off the state’s current $16 million annual leasing costs, as […]

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Forecasters: Thaw won’t last as more cold heads into state

January 27, 2014

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Mississippians enjoyed clear, warm days this weekend, a sharp departure from the recent arctic blasts that have gripped the state. However, forecasters say don’t get used to the warmth — more cold is coming. The National Weather Service warned people from northwest Louisiana to the Mississippi Coast to gear up for another blast of cold. […]

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