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Analysis: Katrina insecurity over being forgotten returns

Hurricane Katrina

On Hurricane Katrina’s 10th anniversary, is it time to take off the chip? By now, everyone knows about Mississippi’s post-storm insecurity, its angst about being overshadowed by all the media attention on New Orleans after the storm, when hundreds of Mississippians had also died, and tens of thousands were homeless. And the chip is still there. Some residents of the ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Initiative 42 may be a wolf in sheep’s clothing


At forums across the state held by Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, proponents stubbornly argue that Initiative 42 is simply about getting the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) fully funded. That’s what their petition said. That’s what their upcoming, expensive advertising campaign is likely to say.   But that’s not what their proposed constitutional amendment says:    “To protect each ...

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Feds gain guilty plea from prison consultant in Epps scandal; 2nd pleads innocent

By MBJ Staff Sam Waggoner, 61, a Carthage businessman and corrections consultant, pleaded guilty Friday afternoon to charges of paying bribes and kickbacks to former Mississippi Department of Corrections Commissioner Christopher B. Epps in exchange for receiving contracts involving the MDOC and its operations. Waggoner’s made his plea before U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate. He agreed to forfeit $200,000 in ...

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Memorial IT recognized

Memorial Hospital at Gulfport has achieved Stage 6 recognition on the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model by Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society Analytics. HIMSS is a global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on better health through information. HIMSS evaluates the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for hospitals by tracking their progress in completing eight stages (0-7)

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Richard Barry becomes vice chair

J. Richard Barry of Meridian has assumed the role of Vice Chair for the Mississippi Board of Mental Health. Barry is a Senior Partner in the law firm of Barry, Palmer, Thaggard, May and Bailey, LLP in Meridian. Barry received his law degree from the University of Mississippi. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Mississippi Bar Association, ...

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Costco: plan ‘not a done deal’ but site is prime

Lawson Hester addresses questions to developer Andrew Mattiace as a 
crowd of several hundred listens. Photo by Jack Weatherly

Ridgeland crowd takes wholesaler and developer to task By JACK WEATHERLY Under intense questioning for two hours Thursday night from a skeptical crowd of several hundred at the Ridgeland High School auditorium, a Costco representative conceded that it was not committed to a site on Highland Colony Parkway. “This is not a done deal,” said Dan Venable. The audience of ...

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Mississippi payrolls grow strongly as jobless rate dips


JACKSON — Mississippi’s employers flexed a little muscle in July, posting the state’s biggest payroll gain since before the recession. Combined with a slowly improving unemployment rate, the results suggest the Magnolia State could lose the labor market laggard status it’s struggled with even as the nation rebounded from the economic downturn. Payrolls rose by 5,800 last month, pushing year-over-year gains ...

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Lampley on health board

Julie Williams Lampley, a partner with in Butler Snow’s Nashville office and a Jackson native, has been named to the Nashville Health Care Council 2015-16 board of directors. Lampley is the Assistant Practice Group Leader of Butler Snow’s healthcare regulatory and transactions group and a member of the firm’s executive committee. She focuses her practice on health care law, commercial ...

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Zetella Gooch named consultant

BNI Mississippi has announced Zetella Gooch as Area Director Consultant. Gooch will be responsible for the coordination of BNI Director Consultants and Ambassadors. She will ensure the success of BNI chapters and their members in the areas of chapter growth, member retention, and the formation of new chapters in the Central Mississippi Region. A member of the Jackson Referral Connection ...

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