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Galloway-Chandler-McKinney returns to roots

Family, friends to lead agency into the future   By WALLY NORTHWAY I STAFF WRITER wally.northway@msbusiness.com It’s a true feel-good story. After a decade of operating as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cadence Bank, previous owners and several associates have repurchased Columbus-based Galloway-Chandler-McKinney Insurance Inc. (GCM) from Cadence. The ownership change became effective Sept. 1. Terms were not disclosed. However, the ...

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Leaders hope to spark economic growth with STEPS

By NASH NUNNERY I STAFF WRITER nash.nunnery@msbusiness.com State leaders hope that a new program to encourage Mississippi employers to begin hiring more workers is the next “step” in sparking a sluggish economy. A joint venture of the Department of Human Services and the Department of Employment Security, Mississippi STEPS (Subsidized Transitional Employment Program and Services) was introduced last week at ...

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Record enrollment

However, budget cuts present huge challenges for two-year schools The numbers may be preliminary, but they are still very impressive. The State Board for Community and Junior Colleges (SBCJC) reports the state’s two-year schools’ enrollment is up, way up — as in unprecedented. The preliminary headcount, released by the SBCJC Sept. 9, found fall enrollment was up by more than ...

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Range will replace Favre at MDES

Deputy executive director for Department of Employment Securities takes over at month’s end   Tommye Dale Favre is retiring as executive director of the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES), ending a memorable six-year run. There have been sweeping changes at the MDES under Favre’s leadership. Fortunately, the agency’s new leader was there through all of those changes, and is ...

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Forest project gets ARRA funds

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for forest health protection projects. These 78 projects will receive almost $89 million and are located on forested lands in 30 states. Mississippi is to receive $897,000 for one unspecified project. This funding will be used to restore forest health conditions on federal, state and ...

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More than 300,000 below self-sufficiency standard

Report issued last week shows large portion of Mississippians just not making enough money A new report measuring how much money it takes for families in Mississippi to meet their basic needs has been released by the Mississippi Economic Policy Center (MEPC). The 110-page Self-Sufficiency Standard for Mississippi 2009 report was introduced at a news conference last week in Jackson. ...

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Gaining 'track'tion

Coast residents advocate resumption of Amtrak passenger rail service   Pass Christian resident Keith Voigts, who operates the R&D business Wiseman Technologies Inc. in Biloxi, doesn’t go around with a rail engineer’s cap on. But he and his wife, Gwenn, are big supporters of rail transportation. The Voigts have joined with other concerned citizens on the Mississippi Gulf Coast to ...

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People still showing up hungry

  Mayflower has been feeding folks in Jackson since 1935   Defining a landmark is pretty simple. It has to have been around a while and it has to have stayed in the same place. For a business to become a landmark, folks have to know where it is and there has to be something there they’re willing to pay ...

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Efficiency, access results of online filing system

Madison County Chancery Clerk Johnston, Supreme Court Justice Waller recently unveil new system   Better efficiency and improved public access to court records are the results of the Mississippi Electronic Courts’ (MEC’s) new online court filing system, which was officially unveiled Aug. 27 in a ceremony at the Mississippi Supreme Court building in Jackson. “We are optimistic that this system ...

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Unemployment keeps rising

State up to 10.5 percent, three are over 20 percent   Mississippians looking for employment continue to far outnumber jobs available, according to the latest figures on unemployment released by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security. The state’s unemployment rate rose to 10.5 percent in July, up from June’s 9.9 percent.  However, the seasonable adjusted rate was 9.7 percent, which ...

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