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Eight counties report damage from storm system

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has received reports of damage from eight counties as a result of severe weather that moved through the state yesterday. MEMA says minor street flooding was reported in Hinds, Rankin, Washington and Yazoo counties. Trees were reported down in Jones and Scott counties. There was street flooding reported in Warren County and ...

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Lauren Rogers museum celebrates 90 years as cultural hub

The Lauren Rogers Museum of Art is a treasure for Laurel, Jones County and the whole state of Mississippi. This gem opened in 1923 on a tree-lined street in the historic district of Laurel. It was established by the family of Lauren Rogers as a legacy to this young man who died at the age of 23. He was an ...

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Bad bridges list draws strong reaction

Few people know Jones County better than Mitch Stennett, a long-time resident and head of the Economic Development Authority of Jones County. Yet, even he was surprised by the number of suspect bridges in his county and where they are located per the National Bridge Inventory (NBI). “Two bridges on the Ellisville-Tuckers Crossing Road are on the list? Really?” Stennett ...

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Stennett, Simpson attend Forum

Mitch Stennett, president, and Larkin Simpson, chamber director, of the Economic Development Authority of Jones County, participated in the 2011 Janus Economics Forum, an association of professionals dedicated to advancing the field of economic development. Each year, the Forum invites approximately 15 leading economic developers from around the country to participate in a unique peer-learning and networking event in Rabun ...

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Despite Barbour and Republicans' best efforts, community embraces new casino

SANDERSVILLE — More than six months after Bok Homa (BOHK HO-MUH) Casino opened in Jones County near Sandersville, things seem to be going smoothly for both the casino and neighboring area. The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians had to weather countless efforts by local and state officials — including Gov. Haley Barbour — to stop the construction of Bok Homa. ...

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Choctaw casino in Jones Co. hires 184

SANDERSVILLE — Officials say about half the jobs at the planned Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians casino in Jones County have been filled. Tribe spokesman Warren Strain tells the Laurel Leader-Call that 184 people were offered jobs after two recent jobs fairs. He says another 170 positions are to be filled before the Bok Homa (BOHK HO-MUH) Casino opens in ...

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A gamble in Jones County

Choctaws look to build casino in Pine Belt Gaming can be a polarizing issue. So when the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians (MBCI) announced earlier this month to build a casino near the tiny hamlet of Sandersville in Jones County, which has never had gaming, it was not surprising that a segment of the local population would be against a ...

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Leadership class introduced

On Sept. 10, a reception was held at the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art to introduce the 2009-2010 Leadership Jones County Class. Class members are (back row, left to right): Scott French, Wayne Farms; Darrel Speir, SCRMC; Stacy Tucker, alderman of Ellisville; and, Ryan Maki, Verizon Wireless. (middle row, left to right): Tony Hales, Mississippi Army National Guard; Anna McLeod, ...

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