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Greenville chooses Jessie Whitley to head water department

The Greenville City Council has selected Jessie Whitley as manager of the Water Department. Born and raised in Greenville, Whitley attended Mississippi Delta Community College and majored in business administration. In 1997, Whitley graduated from Delta State University with a BA in marketing, and advanced his education by earning an MBA from Delta State University in 2004. From 2004 through ...

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Lost Pizza discovered — Restaurateurs begin franchising

In 2007, longtime friends Brooks Roberts and Preston Lott opened a unique, small restaurant in the Delta city of Indianola with no plans past that one eatery. But Lost Pizza Co.’s menu and campy atmosphere has quickly won patrons, and today the partners are casting their eyes on ever-expanding horizons. “We never intended to open another restaurant,” Roberts said. “Lost ...

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Delta keeps fingers crossed that feds will keep waiver promise on flood insurance

While coastal Mississippians brace for unprecedented increases in federal flood insurance rates, their counterparts who live in the Delta’s flood zones cling to an unofficial promise that they’ll be exempted from the increases — at least for the time being. The exemption would apply for however long it takes for the Army Corps of Engineers to bring the Mississippi Delta’s ...

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BRIDGING THE BLUES — Multi-state effort expects to boost blues-related development

At first take, the Bridging the Blues initiative sounds like a case of misplaced loyalty. Why would a bunch of Mississippians work so hard to boost attendance at the upcoming King Biscuit Blues Festival in Arkansas, and why would Mississippi tourism organizations and leaders — and their counterparts in Tennessee — back their effort? However, organizers of Bridging the Blues, ...

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Airlines take flights — Decisions on adding and subtracting routes ‘the secret recipe of our industry’

In its 50 years of operation, Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport, has seen flights and airlines come and go. Delta dropped its service to Memphis earlier this year and most recently Southwest Airlines said it is going to discontinue its Jackson-Baltimore service. “We anticipate a dropoff in passenger load as well,” said Rene Woodward, chief administrative officer of the Jackson ...

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City of Greenville hires Korey Adams

Greenville City Council recently voted to hire Korey Bennett Adams for the manager position in the Water Department. Born and raised in Greenville, Adams attended Jackson State University and majored in psychology. In 1998, Adams graduated at the top of his class with magna cum laude honors. After college, Adams took a position as career counselor and later as a ...

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Nurse practitioners fill void in state health care

The number of nurse practitioners is increasing in Mississippi. Their role in health care is also increasing as these highly trained nursing professionals are specializing and giving patients a higher level of care. According to Gayle Harrell, president of the Mississippi Nurses Association, there are 3,300 advanced practicing nurses and approximately 2,800 to 2,900 of those are nurse practitioners. “Most ...

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Nature unleashes fury, from the Delta across to East Mississippi

Bad weather made 2011 a year to forget. The losses from tornadoes, flooding and drought are still being calculated. In April, the state suffered one of the worst tornado outbreaks in history. Hardest hit was the Town of Smithville, a community of less than 1,000 that was hit by an EF-5 tornado on April 27 leaving 16 dead. >> See ...

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Getting off the bottom

As the historic crest of the Mississippi River rolled past the Delta last month, the catfish industry started breathing a little easier. If the Yazoo Backwater Levee had failed, practically the entire catfish industry in Mississippi would have been underwater, and after a decade of struggles, could have meant the industry’s death. Even if the levee held, some forecasted nearly ...

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