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Delta downtown officials form new organization

GREENWOOD — The Delta Downtown Alliance (DDA), an alliance of downtown representatives from throughout the Mississippi Delta, has been founded. The DDA’s mission is to strengthen the promotion and publicity of events and projects in historic downtowns throughout the Mississippi Delta in order to unite the region through information sharing and coordinated communication. There are no membership fees for joining, but any ...

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IKE TROTTER: Health care costs on Social Security

Social Security provides one of the most dependable sources of income for retirees and their families. In fact, for a majority of retirees today, Social Security accounts for at least half of their income (Source: Fast Facts & Figures About Social Security, 2013). What we are seeing, however, is more of that income being spent on health-related costs each year, ...

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Corps allots more funding to projects in Mississippi

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will dedicate an additional $14.4 million to Mississippi this year to support additional dredging, flood control and other construction and maintenance projects, according to U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.). The Army Corps of Engineers has decided to direct additional Mississippi River & Tributaries Project (MR&T), general construction, and operation and maintenance ...

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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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IKE TROTTER — Personal financial statements can have value

Many times in the introductory stages of financial planning, it is necessary for advisers to know about the background of the individual or family for purposes of making suitable recommendations. In most instances, information provided from a tax return can be an invaluable tool for assessing the financial makeup of a person or family. However, when dealing with young graduates ...

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Walt Stephens to replace the retiring Bobby Barr at Regions Bank

Regions Bank has named Walt Stephens city president for Greenville. He will take over for Bobby Barr, who served in the position for seven years and will retire at the end of this year. A native of Benoit, Stephens joined Regions in early 2010 and most recently served as a vice president, community banking agricultural relationship manager. Prior to joining ...

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Former Greenville mayor named to EPA job in Atlanta

JACKSON, Mississippi — Former Greenville, Miss., Mayor Heather McTeer Toney has been named regional administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency’s regional office in Atlanta. EPA Region 4 includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and six tribal nations. The announcement came Tuesday from EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy Toney, a lawyer, was the first black and first ...

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IKE TROTTER: There are primary changes in Social Security for 2014

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has recently announced that Social Security and SSI beneficiaries will receive a 1.5 percent cost-of-living (COLA) adjustment for 2014. According to the SSA’s announcement, after the COLA adjustment, the estimated average retirement benefit will rise from $1,275 in 2013 to $1,294 in 2014. Here are the other primary changes to Social Security in the year ...

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IKE TROTTER — Weighing in on reverse mortgages

More and more we see on TV or read in the paper about reverse mortgages and the opportunities available for homeowners to “unlock” the equity in their home. I thought it might be helpful to discuss this unique type of home equity loan and the resulting implications they offer to homeowners, particularly those who are retired and elderly. Created in ...

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Will Bunker a perfect ‘match’ for Mississippi tech conference

A leader in entrepreneurial technology will be the keynote speaker at the 14th Annual Conference on Technology Innovation Nov. 12 and 13 at the Jackson Convention Complex. Will Bunker, a graduate of Mississippi State University, was co-founder of the pioneering online dating service that later became Match.com, the world’s largest personal site, will address the conference. Innovate Mississippi CEO and ...

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