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West Point woman arraigned on insurance, wire fraud charges

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Attorney General Jim Hood says a 27-year-old West Point woman faces charges of insurance fraud and wire fraud. Hood said in a news release Tuesday Georgenna Edwards was indicted in April by a Clay County grand jury on one count of insurance fraud and one count of wire fraud. She was formally charged Monday. The indictment alleges that Edwards submitted ...

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Production ends at company’s West Point manufacturing plant

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A company that once was one of the largest employers in a north Mississippi city has ended production at a manufacturing plant. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports that approximately 165 workers were affected by production ending Wednesday at the West Point plant owned by North Carolina-based Babcock & Wilcox. An additional 50 workers are still helping with the “wind ...

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Yokohama Tire opens $300 million plant in Clay County; 260 have been hired toward first phase goal of 500

Gov. Phil Byrant raises his hammer after helping complete the Kagami Biraki Ceremony, Monday, Oct. 5 2015, in West Point, Miss. For Yokohama Rubber Co., its $300 million Mississippi plant is its platform to fight for a slice of the competitive North American tire market. (Thomas Wells/The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal via AP)

By JACK WEATHERLY  Yokohama Tire Manufacturing on Monday started production at its new $300 million commercial truck tire facility in West Point. The Tokyo-based manufacturer has already hired 260 workers and expects to reach 500 in the first phase of its operation, with the possibility of expanding to 2,000 employees in subsequent phases. Just a little over 24 months after ...

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Yokohama Tire opens $300 million plant in Clay County; 260 hired toward first phase goal of 500

Jack Weatherly Yokohama Tire Manufacturing on Monday started production at its new $300 million commercial truck tire facility in West Point. The Tokyo-based manufacturer has already hired 260 workers and expects to reach 500 in the first phase of its operation, with the possibility of expanding to 2,000 employees in subsequent phases. Just a little over 24 months after breaking ...

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Company demolishing ex-Bryan Foods plant fined over asbestos

WEST POINT — The company that’s tearing down the former Bryan Foods complex in West Point is paying a civil fine for failing to control for asbestos. Kohart Surplus and Salvage has agreed to pay $7,500 to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, as well as to hire a certified contractor to remove or abate debris on the site that ...

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Poor conditions of schools could spur more consolidation debate

JACKSON — Reports of decrepit buildings, illiterate high school students and bloated employee rolls could fuel another round of school district consolidation by the Mississippi Legislature. Bob Strebeck, who runs the Leflore County system since the state took control last year, told Senate Education Committee members yesterday that conditions in the 2,800-student system are the worst he’s seen in six ...

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Two more court systems launch e-filing

JACKSON — Hinds Circuit Court and Hinds County Court will begin accepting voluntary electronic filing of court documents in civil cases Oct. 1, according to an order signed this week by Senior Circuit Judge Tomie Green. E-filing will become mandatory  Nov. 1 in civil cases. Clay County Chancery Court also will begin voluntary e-filing Oct. 1. The Clay County Circuit Court ...

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Lawmakers approve Yokohama Tire incentives

Lawmakers approved in a special session Friday a large load of state incentives for Yokohama Tire to make heavy equipment tires in Clay County. The House passed authorized legislation 117-2 for the project Friday morning. The Senate did the same less than an hour later. The bill now goes to Gov. Phil Bryant, who has said he intends to sign ...

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Analysis: West Point's Turner earned respect across party lines

JACKSON — Current and former Mississippi lawmakers, across party lines, are mourning the death of longtime Democratic Sen. Bennie Turner of West Point, who died Nov. 27. He was 64. Turner, an attorney, was first elected to the Senate in 1992 and took office in January 1993. The most recent configuration of his district included all of Clay County and ...

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Golden Triangle economic development model could be emulated across state

On Sept. 14, government and economic development officials in the Golden Triangle unveiled a plan for an economic development cooperative they say will become the model of regionalism in Mississippi. The Golden Triangle Regional Development Authority will not officially arrive until October 2014. Until then, the Golden Triangle Development LINK (which was known as the Columbus-Lowndes Development LINK) will handle ...

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