June 30, 2014

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Two companies announce new jobs in Pontotoc

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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June 30, 2014

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BILL CRAWFORD: Say good-bye to open primaries

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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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June 30, 2014

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Health Department issues CONS, one for cost overrun

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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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June 29, 2014

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

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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June 27, 2014

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

  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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June 27, 2014

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Tea party official in Cochran photos case apparently commits suicide

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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June 27, 2014

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ITW TrueSteel to open plant in Pontotoc

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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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June 27, 2014

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Starkville becomes second city to qualify three areas for C Spire’s fiber service

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STARKVILLE — Homeowner pre-registration exceeded the required threshold in a third area of the city of Starkville this week, helping it qualify for C Spire’s 1 Gbps (gigabit per second) fiber to the home Internet service and related digital TV and home phone services. Starkville’s Cotton District fiberhood, which includes downtown and the central business […]

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June 26, 2014

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D’Iberville casino approved; Diamondhead site rejected

The Mississippi Gulf Coast is gaining one casino, but a second casino proposal was denied by the Mississippi Gaming Commission at its monthly meeting Thursday in Jackson. After receiving approval for its financing plan, Land Holdings 1 was given the okay to begin construction on the Scarlet Pearl casino, which will be located east of […]

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June 26, 2014

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Bagley succeeding Kelley as president/COO of BancorpSouth

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One of Mississippi’s banks has a new president. The board of directors of BancorpSouth Inc. has selected Chris A. Bagley as the next president and COO of BancorpSouth Inc. and BancorpSouth Bank. Bagley will succeed James V. Kelley upon his previously announced retirement on Aug. 15. Bagley, who joined BancorpSouth earlier this year as an […]

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