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Volvo to build Byhalia distribution center, creating 250 jobs

May 12, 2014

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According to the Memphis Business Journal, the Volvo Group today announced plans to build a 1 million-square-foot distribution center in Byhalia, Miss., that will create 250 jobs. The “state-of-the-art” facility, which will be finished in the fourth quarter of 2014, will be the “keystone” of Sweden-based Volvo’s plans to streamline its North American parts distribution […]

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TanTec Leather to locate tannery operations in Vicksburg

May 12, 2014

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VICKSBURG, Mississippi — Gov. Phil Bryant and officials from ISA TanTec announce the company is locating its first U.S. tannery operations in Vicksburg. The project, which will be known as Mississippi TanTec Leather, Inc., represents a $10.1 million corporate investment and will create 366 new jobs. German-owned TanTec is recognized by the world’s top footwear […]

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Is Mississippi next? Texas youth football league moves away from tackling amid health concerns

May 12, 2014

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An East Texas school district is changing its seventh-grade football program from tackle to flag football amid concerns over the safety of players, the New York Times reports. The Marshall, Texas school board voted to shut down its entry-level, tackle-football program in February, and according to the Times, “there was little objection.” From the story: “I’m […]

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BILL CRAWFORD: Tea Party flyer twists facts

May 12, 2014

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The “Tupelo Tea Party” last week distributed a disinformation flyer concerning the National Guard’s 155th Brigade Combat Team in Mississippi. The flyer’s premise was that the historic 155th will be shut down because Senator Thad Cochran voted to confirm Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense and Hagel is a “yes man” for President Obama. “It’s time Senator […]

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LLOYD GRAY: Not everyone always for disaster relief …

May 7, 2014

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Here is an excerpt from Lloyd Gray’s Sunday column in the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal in which he takes Chris McDaniel to task for his previous statements in which he said he isn’t sure whether he would have voted for disaster aid for the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina … This was Tupelo’s […]

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Kemper overruns drag down Southern Co. stock

May 5, 2014

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JACKSON, Mississippi — Troubles at the Kemper County power plant that Mississippi Power Co. is building are so great that they’re dragging down the stock of parent Southern Co. Company stock has fallen four straight days since Southern disclosed another $196 million in overruns related to higher construction costs and delays in the project. Mississippi […]

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BILL CRAWFORD: Mississippi LifeTracks issues first report

May 5, 2014

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The first special report from Mississippi LifeTracks has been published. What, you may be asking, is Mississippi LifeTracks? It’s a newly established, robust statewide integrated longitudinal education and workforce data system. Right. So what is it really? It is a data collection and innovative analysis system operated by the National Strategic Planning & Analysis Research […]

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Denault: Future is bright for Coast, natural gas

May 5, 2014

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One utility executive sees an opportunity along the Gulf Coast, and believes his company is going to ride that wave perhaps for an entire decade. Entergy Corp. CEO Leo Denault is predicting above-average growth in the next five to 10 years, thanks to an industrial boom along the Gulf Coast powered by low natural gas […]

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Entergy Mississippi gives $1M to two Jackson museums

May 2, 2014

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A Mississippi-based utility has presented a hefty check to organizers of two museums earmarked for downtown Jackson. Entergy Mississippi Inc. has presented a $1-million gift to the 2 Mississippi Museums project currently under construction in Jackson, which includes the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. Haley Fisackerly, Entergy Mississippi president and […]

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Kemper County power plant hearing postponed

April 25, 2014

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The question of who should foot the bill for a new and controversial power plant is on hold. Upcoming hearings on whether Mississippi Power Co. should be able to get customers to pay for its Kemper County power plant have been postponed. The Mississippi Public Service Commission yesterday delayed prudency hearings from May 19 until […]

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