Archive | June, 2014

It’s showtime for MAGIC as state launches single accounting system

June 30, 2014

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MAGIC starts today but state officials aren’t relying on abracadabra stuff to make the $100 million accounting system work as designed. A dozen years of work, including around the clock shifts in recent weeks, went into today’s launch of MAGIC, officially known as Mississippi’s Accountability System for Government Information and Collaboration. If all goes as […]

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Greenwood, Cleveland earn National Main Street accreditations

June 30, 2014

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Special to the MBJ Main Street Greenwood and Team Cleveland Main Street have been designated as accredited National Main Street Programs for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its partners […]

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Gov. Bryant comments on Hobby Lobby ruling

June 30, 2014

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Gov. Phil Bryant

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant weighed in on The Supreme Court ruling Monday that some corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women. The justices’ 5-4 decision is the first time that the high court has ruled that profit-seeking businesses can […]

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Two companies announce new jobs in Pontotoc

June 30, 2014

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PONTOTOC — State and local officials gathered today as representatives from Brooks and Dehart Furniture Xpress, Inc. and Eaton Custom Seating announced they were investing in new and existing operations, respectively, in Pontotoc. The two companies are creating a total of 55 new jobs. Headquartered in North Carolina, Brooks and Dehart Furniture Xpress is a furniture-only […]

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BILL CRAWFORD: Say good-bye to open primaries

June 30, 2014

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Once upon a time, Mississippians were fiercely independent. We didn’t want any outsiders telling us what to do. We also wanted to “vote for the man, not the party.” That has changed and is about to change more. Chris McDaniel’s campaign to unseat Thad Cochran depended heavily upon outsiders telling us how to vote – […]

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Health Department issues CONS, one for cost overrun

June 30, 2014

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The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) has issued certificates of need (CONs) to three health care-related projects, including one for a cost overrun. St. Dominic – Jackson Memorial Hospital received CON authority for the renovation of 17,008 square feet of space on the first and second floors of the hospital in order to modernize […]

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WaPo: Cochran signals won’t back new voting rights after minorities saved his job

June 29, 2014

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Well, that didn’t last long. Thad Cochran removed his disguise as a friend of Mississippi’s blacks and other minorities within days of these same folks pushing him into Victory Lane in his GOP Senate primary runoff with tea partier Chris McDaniel, the Washington Post reports. Let’s see how the senator’s betrayal figures into some future […]

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UPDATED: Cherokee Brick & Tile to restart Tri-State plant

June 27, 2014

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  Brick and tile manufacturing is set to resume by the end of the year at the dormant Tri-State Brick and Tile plant under new owners who see Jackson as a gateway to reaching an additional 30 percent of  the U.S. market. Cherokee Brick & Tile, a Macon, Ga., family-owned maker of brick and tile […]

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Tea party official in Cochran photos case apparently commits suicide

June 27, 2014

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RIDGELAND, Mississippi — A tea party official charged with conspiring to take photos of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran’s wife inside a nursing home apparently committed suicide Friday, police said, days after Cochran won a nasty Republican primary. The body of attorney Mark Mayfield was found Friday morning in the garage of his two-story, brick home in […]

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ITW TrueSteel to open plant in Pontotoc

June 27, 2014

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Mississippi’s manufacturing community is adding a new name. ITW TrusSteel is opening a new 150,000-square-foot roll-forming and distribution facility in Pontotoc in north Mississippi. Kevin Viravec, ITW Building Components Group vice president and general manager, says in a news release the factory will begin operating in the fourth quarter of 2014 and initially employ about […]

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