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Gillis named clerk of Courts

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court appointed Kathy Gillis of Jackson as the new clerk of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. Gillis replaces Betty Sephton of Brandon, whose retirement was effective May 31. Gillis has worked for the office of the Supreme Court Clerk for 28 years. She served as chief deputy clerk for nearly 17 years. The ...

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IHL chooses Bounds, Jones

JACKSON — After much anticipation, the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) has named Dr. Hank Bounds, Mississippi superintendent of education, as the preferred candidate for the position of commissioner of higher education, and Dr. Dan Jones, current vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical ...

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More ARRA funds heading to state

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has selected 289 applications for the first national sign-up for floodplain easements under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The easements will cover more the 36,000 acres of land in 36 states. During this ARRA floodplain easement sign-up, USDA received more than 4,200 applications, totaling over $1.4 billion and representing 479,000 acres ...

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Rouses give more to MSU

STARKVILLE — Continuing close ties with Mississippi State University (MSU), a Houston, Texas, couple is providing $500,000 to the university for recruiting and retaining high-caliber business faculty members. MSU alumnus James J. Rouse and wife, Julia, are endowing a management professorship in the College of Business. Earnings from the gift will support the academic position. “We wanted to establish an ...

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Chaney appointed to bench

VICKSBURG — Gov. Haley Barbour announced M. James Chaney Jr. of Vicksburg would be his appointee to the Ninth Circuit Court Judge position. Chaney will serve the unexpired term of Judge Frank Vollor, who retired May 31. Chaney’s term will end Jan. 3, 2011. Chaney is a partner in the Vicksburg law firm of Teller, Chaney, Hassell & Hopson, LLP, ...

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Cellular South: Ready for storms

RIDGELAND — With the 2009 hurricane season right around the corner, Cellular South has taken steps to bolster its network and mobilize its employees to protect against a major storm-caused disaster. “Our preparations are designed to give customers maximum reliability from their wireless phones at the time of greatest need,” said Trey Howard, director of network operations for Cellular South. ...

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Hinchman officially in at Callon

NATCHEZ — Steven B. Hinchman has been confirmed as executive vice president and COO of Callon Petroleum Company, and begins his service with the company effective today. His appointment had been announced in a previous news release April 30. In addition to his annual salary and potential annual cash bonus incentive, as inducement for employment, the company granted awards to ...

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Gulfport-Biloxi getting Atlanta flights

GULFPORT — A public charter airline company will begin operating nonstop flights three days a week between Atlanta and Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport July 8, the AP reports. Airport officials announced the new service operated by Southern Skyways in a news release June 1. The flights will be a partnership among Southern Skyways, which is operated by Atlanta-based Aviation Advantage Inc., ...

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Hosemann disappointed in voter turnout

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann is urging all Mississippians to head to the polls today after preliminary numbers show voter turnout during the recent municipal primary elections was low. “I am very disappointed in the low number of Mississippians who cast their ballot in the municipal primary,” said Hosemann. He said preliminary numbers “show less than one ...

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PSC meetings going live on Internet

JACKSON — The Mississippi Public Service Commission (PSC) will begin broadcasting its monthly hearings live on the Internet beginning tomorrow. Tomorrow’s meeting will begin at 10 a.m., and can be accessed at www.psc.state.ms.us. Northern District public service commissioner Brandon Presley introduced the proposal for the live PSC hearings in December 2008. “The public is able to get a much clearer ...

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