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Supreme Court declines to hear forester's appeal

FRANKLIN COUNTY — The Mississippi Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal from a Franklin County forester fired for opposing a logging plan pushed by the state. The Supreme Court let stand a ruling by the Court of Appeals which last year sided with the Mississippi Forestry Commission. The Appeals Court decision overturned a local judge’s ruling for Stephen ...

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British company to build $80M-plus pellet plant

GLOSTER — A British power generator will build a pair of mills in southwestern Mississippi and northeastern Louisiana to make wood pellets to burn for electricity in the United Kingdom. A unit of Drax Group, PLC will spend more than $200 million to build mills in Gloster and near Bastrop, La., each capable of yearly production of 450,000 metric tons. ...

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Sawmill cutting shift; 80 employees left jobless

VICKSBURG — Anderson-Tully Company is shutting down a second shift at its Vicksburg sawmill and is laying off 80 employees by Jan. 4. The company tells the Vicksburg Post the move has been in the works for two months because of a depressed housing market. “This is a core business decision to right-size production to match market demand,” company president ...

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Alternative fuel refinery kicks into production

COLUMBUS — Alternative fuel firm KiOR says it started production in October in Columbus, and plans to make its first commercial shipments before November’s end. CEO Fred Cannon told analysts on a conference call the technology is working “and producing a high-quality oil. I am extremely pleased with the performance of our technology at Columbus.” Based in Pasadena, Texas, KiOR ...

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Railroad outlines sustainability efforts in new report

NORFOLK, Va. — Norfolk Southern Corp. has issued its fifth-annual corporate sustainability report, documenting progress on the railroad’s efforts to reduce its business impacts on the environment. The 2012 report can be found on Norfolk Southern’s environmental website, www.nssustainability.com. It highlights advances made in the five years since the company launched a sustainability program with the goals of achieving industry ...

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Beetle-prevention program earns national recognition

STARKVILLE — The Mississippi State University Extension Service recently gained national recognition for a program designed to protect the state’s timberlands from an insect pest. The Mississippi Southern Pine Beetle Prevention Program received the 2012 Family Forests Education Award at the Society of American Foresters’ national convention, held in Spokane, Wash. The honor is given annually by the National Woodland ...

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Davis earns promotion

Nick Davis has been promoted to assistant vice president of Community Bank in Forest. He has been with Community Bank since 2009, most recently as a loan officer. Davis is a graduate of Mississippi State University, earning a degree in management of construction and land development. He is also a graduate of the Mississippi School of Banking and Hinds Community ...

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Agriculture community assessing damage from Isaac

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Even as the remnants of Hurricane Isaac were leaving Mississippi last Friday, Mississippi State University Extension agents were assessing its impact on crops that were so close to harvest. Lodging, or laying down, can be a significant harvest challenge in wind-blown fields, especially corn. Extension corn specialist Erick Larson is cautiously optimistic that most of the corn ...

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MSU researchers create new forest inventory system

STARKVILLE — Researchers at Mississippi State University’s Forest and Wildlife Research Center have created the Mississippi Forest Monitoring and Information System, a forest inventory and information system that combines satellite remote sensing data and ground surveys. It is the first time forest-related satellite data and ground measurements have been combined on such a large scale in the United States. “The ...

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Forest passes comprehensive smoking ordinance

The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) is reporting recent passage of a comprehensive “smokefree air ordinance” by the city of Forest. “The smokefree air policy implemented by this city will protect all employees and customers in businesses and other public places in Forest from the harmful effects of breathing secondhand smoke. Everyone deserves to breathe smokefree air,” said Roy ...

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