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Vicksburg District’s Chief of Design Branch receives Commander’s Award

The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District has announced that David L. Wallace, recently received the Commander’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Equal Employment Opportunity. Wallace received this award for his contributions to the EEO Program. Wallace is responsible for supervising and managing the branch to provide engineering design activities to support the Vicksburg District’s civil works program. ...

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TOMMY SHEPHERD: What do Delaware’s early sports betting numbers tell us about Mississippi’s potential?

Recently, the State of Delaware released data from the first 20 days of sports wagering in the state. These numbers may provide some insight into the anticipated success of sports betting in Mississippi. But first, let’s review what some of the experts have previously estimated gross gaming revenue (“GGR”) from sports wagering could be in the Magnolia State. On May ...

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BEN WILLIAMS — The one 2018 U.S. Supreme Court opinion to read

The U.S. Supreme Court wrapped up the sitting portion of the 2017-2018 term on June 28, 2018. The nine lifetime Justices left 59 signed merit opinions and a stunned public in their wake. The June opinion releases overshadowed the term. In rapid fire decimation of liberal aspirations, the Court announced a slew of controversial, conservative opinions. Swing vote Justice Anthony ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Mississippi GOP candidates quiet on Trump tariffs and bailout

Agriculture is a huge part of Mississippi’s economy and soybeans are a major export.   The tariffs imposed by President Donald Trump, particularly on China, have resulted in retaliatory tariffs impacting U.S. exports, including soybeans.    “Tariffs are the greatest,” Trump recently tweeted. But when farmers and farm state politicians started complaining, Trump suddenly came up with a scheme to provide a ...

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Vacancy at Okhissa Lake: Group hopes to buy land from feds

He put in around noon on a Friday. Nearby, the women sprayed sunscreen and hung floaties on the children, and the boys threw rocks into the duckweed. Onboard, they had grocery bags, a propane grill and not one fishing pole. “Soon as I get out in the lake, I’m gonna start cooking for these kids,” Broussard said. “We come up ...

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State Personnel Board elects officers for Fiscal Year 2019

Stephanie Cummins of Brandon has been elected chair of the Mississippi State Personnel Board for Fiscal Year 2019, and Donald Brown of Vicksburg has been elected vice chairman. Serving on the Board with Cummins and Brown are Col. Nick Ardillo, Jr. of Columbus; Alwyn Luckey of Ocean Springs, and Lee Yancey of Brandon. Cummins was appointed to the Board by ...

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Bryant appoints Michel director of the MEMA

Gov. Phil Bryant has appointed retired Col. Gregory S. Michel director of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency. Michel takes over for J.W. Ledbetter, Gov. Bryant’s senior criminal justice policy adviser, who has overseen MEMA operations since last month, when former director Lee Smithson resigned. Michel was Commander, Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center in Hattiesburg, until last fall. He served ...

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Vicksburg District selects Ellis Employee of the Year

Kristopher C. Ellis was recently selected as the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg District 2018 Employee of the Year. Ellis received the award for his demonstration of Army and Corps values, leadership and mentorship. In addition, Ellis meets the district’s mission with excellence and his accomplishments. Ellis began his career with the Corps 10 years ago as a ...

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Reeves, transport director differ over highway communication

Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said Thursday that a state agency director is backing off of accusations that Reeves and his staff used political pressure to push a highway project near his home. However, a letter from Department of Transportation director Melinda McGrath said Reeves’ staff took the “highly unusual step” of communicating directly with utility providers about the project. ...

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Mississippi cities approve tax increases for parks, tourism

Voters in two Mississippi cities have approved a sales tax to raise money to provide tourism services. WLBT-TV in Jackson reported that voters in Pearl have approved a 1 percent sales tax increase on restaurant bills and a 3 percent tax on hotel bills. Pearl Mayor Jake Windham said the money will be used for a new pavilion at a city ...

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