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New lab gets boost from Forestry Commission

OCEAN SPRINGS — Despite persistent rains, construction continues at the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratory’s Cedar Point site, thanks to a recent grant from the Mississippi Forestry Commission. “Cedar Point is heavily wooded, so it’s important to create a defensible fire zone around our laboratories,” said Dr. Tom McIlwain, project coordinator. “This type of proactive approach is ...

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CottonMill project hits another snag (Update)

Mississippi State officials will not comment on $176-million deal moving forward   The 107-year-old E.E. Cooley Building right across from the campus of Mississippi State University started out as a cotton mill and currently houses MSU’s physical plant. There are bigger plans for the building, but they will move forward without one of the developers of the CottonMill Marketplace, a ...

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Governor's Awards recipients unveiled

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Teri Gautier, president and CEO of Pharmaceutical Trade Services Inc. (PTSI) was honored with the 2009 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Exporting in the Service Sector. And, Suzanne Huber, president and CEO of Keith Huber Inc. was honored with the 2009 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Exporting in the Manufacturing Sector Other award recipients were Dr. Ally ...

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DSU offering new aviation scholarship

CLEVELAND — Delta State University’s (DSU’s) College of Business recently announced the establishment of the Thomas N. Sledge Endowed Scholarship of Commercial Aviation in honor of Sledge, who died in Dec. 2008. Sledge served DSU’s Department of Commercial Aviation for 18 years (1990-2008), 11 of them as department chair. The Thomas N. Sledge Endowed Scholarship will provide funding to assist ...

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Study finds 'Freedom' a viable feedstock

STARKVILLE — Collaboration between a Mississippi State University (MSU) research agronomist and Georgia’s self-proclaimed “sodfather” may offer a viable grassy feedstock to capitalize on sustainable bioenergy production. A field of “Freedom” giant miscanthus on MSU’s South Farm towers over research agronomist Brian Baldwin. Baldwin’s 12-year study of grassy feedstocks indicates the plant is a viable resource for biofuel production. One ...

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State's 'greenest' facility now open

MOSS POINT — The Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) and Grand Bay National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) held the grand opening of the new Grand Bay Coastal Resources Center Dec. 7. The center is located at 6005 Bayou Heron Road in Moss Point. The 20,000-square-foot facility, which serves as headquarters for the NERR, features a public interpretive area, office ...

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Ross leaving Alcorn, returning to Central Michigan

LORMAN — Alcorn State University president George E. Ross has informed the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning and the university community that he is leaving to become president at Central Michigan University. Ross came to Alcorn from Central Michigan and will serve as the university’s 14th president. “I am honored to have had the opportunity ...

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Longs establish business scholarship

OXFORD — Two brothers who served in World War II, graduated from the University of Mississippi with business degrees and followed their father in the family business are being honored with a scholarship at their alma mater. Named for Raiford N. Long Sr. of Ripley and the late Erst Long Jr. of Corinth, the business scholarship endowment was created with ...

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SRTS-funded project celebrated

AMORY — A project designed to enhance the environment, physical fitness and safety was unveiled before a large crowd of local residents and dignitaries in the Town of Amory. The Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS) program is administered by the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) to provide funding for programs designed to encourage young students to walk or ride bikes ...

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Gingrich coming to Millsaps

JACKSON — Former U.S. Speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich will visit Millsaps College Dec. 3 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. for an open town hall meeting on “Jobs and Prosperity in the U.S.” Gingrich will be introduced by Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant. The free event is open to the public and will take place in the ...

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