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ELIZABETH BARBER: A triple bottom line benefit positions Mississippi as a restoration leader

With the five year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster around the corner on April 20th, anyone who lives or works on the Mississippi Gulf Coast knows that restoration work is just beginning. Ongoing research and monitoring show that the Gulf continues to suffer impacts from the tragedy, which in turn means that our coastal industries – seafood, recreational ...

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Java and community: Drip Drop Coffee Shop makes splash

It appears to be a perfect match — a small city wants to enhance its sense of community, and a couple of local entrepreneur-brothers want to build a business where people come together. The Drip Drop Coffee Shop held its grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony last week in Richland to a packed house of well-wishers and supporters. The mayor, aldermen ...

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DOC leaving open four work centers that were earmarked to close

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi Department of Corrections Commissioner Christopher B. Epps says four community work centers slated to close in about a month will remain open. Epps says continuing to operate Bolivar County Community Work Center in Rosedale, Yazoo County Community Work Center in Yazoo City, Jefferson County Community Work Center in Fayette and George County Community Work Center in ...

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Corrections shutting down work centers to cut costs

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Four communities will lose inmate laborers when the state closes local community work centers on July 15. The Mississippi Department of Corrections will close community work centers in Rosedale, Yazoo City, Fayette and Lucedale. Inmates in the centers do chores for local governments. MDOC commissioner Christopher Epps says it was a matter of money. Inmates at the ...

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enHance lands nine new members, three renewals

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has accepted nine new members and three renewing members into its enHance program. enHance is a voluntary stewardship program that recognizes committed environmental leaders who accomplish goals beyond their legal requirements. enHance is open to facilities, cities, counties, and other entities who are interested in the program, and applicants can ...

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Moody's cuts Coast city's credit rating, cites cash reserves

GULFPORT — A credit agency has cut Gulfport’s rating by a notch. Moody’s Investors Service says the city’s cash reserves are suffering because of hurricane recovery projects the city hasn’t collected federal money for and because sales tax collections are lagging. John Kelly, Gulfport’s chief administrative officer, tells the Sun Herald the lower rating means the city could pay more ...

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Communities want to set local sales tax, not Legislature

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Municipal officials are again proposing a 1 percent local sales tax as a way to build parks, improve water systems and get crumbling streets back into shape. They need a change in state law to move forward. Legislators have resisted local tax proposals for years, and it’s not clear whether 2013 will be different. Under two bills ...

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Downtown group approves new design guidelines

TUPELO — The board of the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association approved a new set of design guidelines Tuesday that members hope will help the district maintain its historic roots. The 87-page packet provides guidelines for commercial and residential projects that cover only the exterior of buildings. They cover everything from facade paint colors to awnings to store signage to ...

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City officials crafting booklet on proposed property tax

CORINTH — The city of Corinth is working on a booklet to show how a proposed property tax increase would affect the tax bill for homes, businesses and motor vehicles. The Daily Corinthian reports the booklet will be distributed at the July 31 public presentation on special tax levy, dubbed Future Fare, at Corinth High School. Mayor Tommy Irwin has ...

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Tornado-torn town gets first look at recovery plan

SMITHVILLE — Smithville officials are looking at the first draft of what they are calling the road map to the future. WTVA-TV in Tupelo reports the comprehensive plan had been in the words before the April 27, 2011, tornado devastated the northeast Mississippi town. A grant from Appalachian Region Commission helped the town complete the rough draft of the plan ...

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