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UM elevates Cheng to dean

OXFORD — Alexander H. D. “Alex” Cheng has been named dean of the School of Engineering at the University of Mississippi. Cheng, chair and professor of civil engineering, joined the UM faculty in 2001 after having taught at the University of Delaware, Columbia University and Cornell University. He replaces Kai Fong Lee, who leaves the position June 30, but will ...

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Absentee ballots vary greatly

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Secretary of State’s Office has released the percentage of absentee ballots cast during the 2009 municipal primary elections. These numbers reflect only those entered by a city into the Statewide Management System or submitted to the Secretary of State’s Office. Still, the numbers show significant variations from election to election. “These results indicate a wide disparity ...

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Lott, Jagodinski join PHI board

MADISON — Former Sen. Trent Lott and W. Thomas Jagodinski, former leader of Delta and Pine Land, have been elected as members of Phosphate Holdings Inc. board of directors. Both are elected for one-year terms. Lott, 67, has served as a partner in Breaux Lott Leadership Group, a consulting and lobbying firm, since January 2008. Prior to forming Breaux Lott ...

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NAFTA numbers tumble

WASHINGTON — Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners Canada and Mexico was 27.9 percent lower in March 2009 than in March 2008, dropping to $51.1 billion, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. March was the third consecutive month with a yearly decline of greater than 27 percent. The ...

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MEMA using new media tools

PEARL — This year the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is using social networking and micro-blogging tools to reach people with important hurricane preparedness information. The agency first launched a YouTube page, a Twitter account and Facebook pages several months ago to better serve a growing generation of people who may not get information and news through traditional means. MEMA ...

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Carey building new theatre

HATTIESBURG — William Carey University (WCU) will break ground for a new theatre June 5 at 10 a.m. on the Hattiesburg campus. The new black box theatre will replace the current one located on the first floor of Tatum Court. The private university, which is also planning to build a new College of Osteopathic Medicine on its Hattiesburg campus, said ...

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Water, environmental projects getting ARRA funds

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the selection of nearly $143 million in water and environmental projects that are being funded immediately through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The projects are designed to help provide safe drinking water and improved wastewater treatment systems for rural towns and communities in 21 states. In Mississippi, stimulus funds are ...

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Dealer Floor Plan program introduced

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will offer government-guaranteed loans to finance inventory for eligible auto, recreational vehicle, boat and other dealerships under a new pilot program. Dealer Floor Plan (DFP) financing will be available beginning July 1. It is a line of credit that allows dealers to borrow against their inventory, and then repay that debt as ...

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Cellular South offering slider

RIDGELAND — Cellular South now has available the Motorola Hint QA30 slider phone. The Motorola Hint is a wireless device with several ways for consumers to keep in touch with their social circles. The slider design reveals a full QWERTY keypad when open. “Staying in touch with friends and family, keeping networks updated and ensuring constant access to social circles ...

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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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