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Ex-DOC chief medical officer arrested

JACKSON — The former chief medical officer for the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) has been arrested on 13 counts of embezzlement, confirmed Attorney General Jim Hood and MDOC commissioner Chris Epps. The arrest was the result of a joint investigation by the Attorney General’s Office and the MDOC. Dr. Kentrell Liddell, 35, of Jackson is accused of embezzling money ...

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ACBL moving headquarters, bringing jobs

HORN LAKE — The American Contract Bridge League (ACBL), one of the largest bridge organizations in the world, is relocating its headquarters from Memphis to Horn Lake. The move represents a $3-million investment by the organization and will bring approximately 70 jobs to the area. Boasting more than 160,000 members living in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Bermuda, the ...

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PSC, AGO seeking restraining order

JACKSON — Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley has executed a joint investigative agreement with the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office (AGO) that will result in the agencies requesting a restraining order against a company that possibly is responsible for a large majority of the auto warranty telemarketing calls being made throughout Mississippi. The Public Service Commission (PSC) and the ...

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Labor wins another CEAR

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor has received its ninth successive Certificate of Excellence in Accountability Reporting (CEAR) Award from the Association of Government Accountants (AGA) for the department’s fiscal year 2008 Performance and Accountability Report. The FY 2008 Performance and Accountability Report is the Labor Department’s principal publication for the public to see how the department managed programs ...

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Clinic gets new physicians

LUCEDALE — Hattiesburg Clinic Ear, Nose, and Throat has begun seeing patients at Ear, Nose, and Throat Associates in Lucedale. This location is the former practice of Glenn Neel, M.D. Physicians servicing this location now are Michael Hammett, M.D., J. Michael Hodges, M.D., and John Sobiesk, M.D. Hammett received his medical degree from Louisiana State University-New Orleans. He completed his ...

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Catfish spotlighted at aquarium

MONTEREY, Calif. — U.S. farm-raised catfish was recently featured at The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s annual Cooking for Solutions, an event that celebrates sustainable, earth-friendly seafood products. The Catfish Institute, the marketing arm of the U.S. farm-raised catfish industry, has been a sponsor of the event in Monterey, Calif., for the last three years. Over the course of this year’s event, ...

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Cellular South offering new Blackberry

RIDGELAND — Cellular South has rolled out the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230 smartphone from Research In Motion (RIM). “We”e excited about the freedom and flexibility the BlackBerry Pearl Flip offers our customers,” said Jim Richmond, director of corporate communications for Cellular South. The phone offers a sleek design and a chrome-finished frame surrounding its smooth, luminescent face. It weighs 3.6 ...

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TVA defers plant construction

CALEDONIA — The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) board has approved construction of an 880-megawatt gas-fired power plant in Northeast Tennessee and deferred two planned construction projects to upgrade gas plants in West Tennessee and Northeast Mississippi. The board approved a resolution to re-order TVA’s gas-fired generation projects, using funds and equipment allocated for planned upgrades at the Gleason combustion turbine ...

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Unemployment claims fall again

WASHINGTON — In the week ending May 30, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial unemployment claims was 621,000, a decrease of 4,000 from the previous week’s revised figure. The four-week moving average was 631,250, an increase of 4,000 from the previous week’s revised average. The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 5 percent for the week ending May ...

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USDA awards loan

LORMAN — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that 37 rural utilities and cooperatives in 29 states have been selected to receive more than $1 billion in loans to build and repair more than 10,000 miles of distribution and transmission lines and make system improvements that will benefit 60,000 rural customers. In Mississippi, Southwest Mississippi Electric Power Association in Lorman is ...

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