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‘SHOW ME THE MONEY’

College football grasping to keep agents, lure of cash from tainting eligibility of its athletes   The Southeastern Conference’s chaotic kickoff to each football season happens every year in late July at the Wynfrey Hotel in Birmingham. Media Days, the great gathering of SEC royalty, does not require a dramatic story line to whip fans and media into a frenzy; ...

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‘Misunderstanding’

MDOT executive director Butch Brown and the Beau Rivage call his arrest a ‘misunderstanding;’ the Biloxi Police Department says Brown was ‘drunk,’ ‘belligerent’ and so much a threat to officers he was placed in a facility ‘better equipped to handle unruly prisoners’   Click here to see the complete PDF reproductions of the police report from the Butch Brown arrest ...

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Smart cities using tax increment financing

Hattiesburg development another example, like Ridgeland’s Renaissance, of the growing trend to use TIF to secure large retail projects A new $30-million retail development in western Hattiesburg is expected to close in August. The Ridge at Turtle Creek, which will be on U.S. 98 West next to Target, is another example of the growing trend of cities using tax increment ...

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Sweet-er potatoes

With weather on their side, so far, growers are looking to rebound from disastrous 2009 So far, so good. Mississippi’s sweet potato growers aren’t ready to celebrate yet, but the 2010 growing season is off to an excellent start — maybe the best ever. If those conditions hold, many farmers might just survive the worst times in the growers’ history. “This ...

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New bridge, new opportunities

U.S. 82 structure across Miss. River at Greenville alleviates bottleneck On July 26, officials will cut the ribbon on the new U.S. 82 Mississippi River Bridge at Greenville, a nine-year construction project that is expected to create new intermodal opportunities for the Delta and alleviate the worst transportation hazard on the lower river. The ceremony starts at 10 a.m. “Nobody ...

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New natural gas well being drilled

A Houston, Texas-based company broke ground last week on a $13.5-million natural gas well project near Natchez. Mainland Resources is the only company in Mississippi currently drilling for natural gas in rock called shale at a depth of 22,000 feet. The company hopes its Burkley Phillips No. 1 well in the Buena Vista Prospect will be successful and followed by ...

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Study: Drilling stoppage to cost state $8.4M

The Obama administration’s six-month moratorium on oil and natural gas drilling in the Gulf of Mexico could mean an $8.4 million decrease in state and local tax revenues for Mississippi, according to a new study. The study released by LSU professor Dr. Joseph Mason examined 33 deepwater rigs in the Gulf, from which the United States gets approximately 10 percent ...

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Potential employees gear up for Blue Springs

ICC sees surge in enrollment for courses relating to skills needed for 2011 Toyota opening In early 2007, when Toyota announced it was building a manufacturing facility in Blue Springs, the company cited Northeast Mississippi’s workforce as one of the big reasons that the area landed the project. Now that Toyota has made known its plans to start building Corollas ...

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Should I-69 go through Greenville?

Million-dollar bridges to be within 30 miles of each other, but other options involve politics As the new U.S. 82 bridge over the Mississippi River near Greenville opens this week, pre-construction work continues approximately 30 miles to the north on the new Interstate 69 bridge at Mounds (or Eutaw) Landing just west of Benoit. The Interstate 69 bridge’s close proximity ...

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Analyst: Hitachi is treading on thin ice with parts interruption

  Nissan plants in Canton and Tennessee forced to close for three days due to shortage of parts from supplier; financial impact not disclosed   The Nissan plant in Canton started up again last Tuesday morning after sitting idle for three days due to a part shortage from a supplier in Kentucky. According to spokesman Steve Parrett, Nissan got word from ...

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