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Ex-bookkeeper sentenced for embezzlement

LOUISVILLE — Angie Tidwell, former bookkeeper for the Winston County Tax Collector’s Office, has pled guilty to two counts of embezzlement by a public employee, according to State Auditor Stacey Pickering. Pickering also issued Tidwell a $260,228.54 demand for funds embezzled from garbage fees and motor vehicle taxes from the Winston County Tax Collector’s Office from October 2003-March 2007. Tidwell ...

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Unemployment claims decline

WASHINGTON — In the week ending May 23, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial unemployment claims was 623,000, a decrease of 13,000 from the previous week’s revised figure. The four-week moving average was 626,750, a decrease of 3,000 from the previous week’s revised average. The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 5.1 percent for the week ending May ...

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Conservation grant awarded

PICAYUNE — Southern Company, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, National Association of Counties and Wildlife Habitat Council today announced that eight new wetland, riparian and coastal conservation grants have been awarded in the Southeast through the Five Star Restoration Program. This year, Atlanta-based Southern Company, the parent company of Mississippi Power in Gulfport, provided $198,928 ...

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SBA chooses state's best

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has unveiled its 2009 SBA Mississippi Small Business Award winners. The SBA will honor its 2009 the winners during a dinner reception June 16 at the Mississippi e-Center @ JSU in Jackson. Registration starts at 5:30 p.m. Business leaders and government representatives will join SBA’s Mississippi District director Janita R. ...

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Fishing line recycling program returns

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (DMR) is reminding anglers along the Coast to drop their used fishing line in the designated recycling tubes located at piers and boat launches throughout the three coastal counties. DMR, along with partners National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Coastal Conservation Association and the Mississippi Wildlife Federation, launched the state’s first ...

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IP gets pioneering system

BILOXI — Imperial Palace Casino Resort & Spa has signed a contract with International Game Technology (IGT) to install the sbX Tier One package. Terms were not disclosed. Installation will proceed pending regulatory approvals. “All of our server-based gaming initiatives have culminated in IGT being the first manufacturer to bring a G2S game management solution to market. This is an ...

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TVA to market test programs

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), in partnership with local power companies from throughout the Tennessee Valley, will begin this month kicking off market tests of new programs designed to promote energy efficiency to residential and commercial customers. TVA and local distributors will test the new programs for residential consumers in 22 markets across Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi and ...

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Presley warns of phone scam

NETTLETON — Northern District public service commissioner Brandon Presley has issued a consumer alert regarding a new phone scam targeting Mississippians. His office has received several complaints from citizens in the Northern District of the same scam involving a company from Jamaica with false claims of a lottery win, mostly targeting senior citizens. The calls all originate from Jamaica and ...

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Katrina recovery program hits milsestone

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — With the opening of 262 new units today, the Mississippi Development Authority’s (MDA’s) Public Housing Grant Program, funded through Mississippi’s $5.4-billion federally provided Hurricane Katrina recovery package, has now finished more than 900 public housing units, and more are poised to become available in the coming weeks. “We said in April that we expect about 600 ...

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U.S. sues three businesses

GOLDEN — The United States has filed a civil complaint against PowerTrain Inc., Wood Sales Co. Inc., and Tool Mart Inc., all based in Golden, alleging that they imported and sold more than 78,000 Chinese-made engines that do not meet federal air pollution standards, the Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court ...

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