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Navy to break ground on solar facility at Mississippi base

The U.S. Navy has announced a groundbreaking ceremony for a solar generation facility at a base in Mississippi. A Navy statement says the project on Naval Air Station Meridian will be commemorated Thursday afternoon. The Navy, Tennessee Valley Authority, East Mississippi Electric Power Association and Silicon Ranch Corporation have partnered to develop the facility that will generate up to six ...

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Feds OK rehab for hotel in historic Art Deco building

The federal government has OK’d plans to turn an Art Deco landmark in central Mississippi into a hotel. The Meridian Star reports that the National Parks Service has approved plans to rehabilitate the 16-story Threefoot Building, completed in 1929 and named for the family that once owned it. It is still Meridian’s tallest building. The application had been held up ...

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Contaminants found in wells near Naval Air Station Meridian

U.S. Navy officials say they plan to test the water in private wells near Naval Air Station Meridian after discovering contaminants in three wells in the area. The Meridian Star reports that the Navy is asking some nearby residents to test their water as part of its policy. Navy Capt. Scott Bunnay, Navy Air Station Meridian’s commanding officer, said the ...

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If Raytheon gets jet contract, assembly plant in Meridian

Raytheon Co . says that if it gets an Air Force contract to build 350 training jets, its assembly plant will be in Mississippi. The Waltham, Massachusetts-based company announced Monday that it has a shovel-ready site in Meridian. “We anticipate the Meridian facility will create hundreds of new jobs,” spokesman B.J. Boling said in an email. A Raytheon radar factory in Forest, Mississippi, ...

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Avery Products to keep distribution center in Meridian

Avery Products Corp. says it plans to keep its distribution center in Meridian. The Meridian Star reports the company announced Monday that it plans to invest $1 million in its Meridian distribution facility for building improvements and to increase material handling efficiencies. Last September, the company had said it would move the distribution center to the Dallas area in 2017. ...

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County rescinds gun ban; sheriff says lawmakers may 'deal with the consequences'

MERIDIAN — The Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors has voted to rescind restrictions on individuals from taking firearms into the county annex building. The vote was taken at the recommendation of board attorney Lee Thaggard. Several cities and counties around Mississippi have done the same thing. They have been advised that such bans are in conflict with two state laws ...

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Tower International expanding operations in Meridian

Special to the MBJ MERIDIAN, Mississippi – Gov. Phil Bryant and officials from Tower International, Inc. announced today the company is expanding operations at its facility in Meridian. The project represents a corporate investment of more than $15 million and will create 83 jobs. Tower International is a global manufacturer of engineered automotive structural metal components and assemblies for small ...

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SBA disaster assistance available due to rain, flooding

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration announced today that federal economic injury disaster loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes located in Mississippi as a result of excessive rain and flooding beginning Jan. 1, 2013. The disaster declaration is effect for Clarke, George, ...

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County wins in court in lawsuit challenging bond issue

MERIDIAN — A judge has ruled that Lauderdale County did nothing wrong in the handling of a $14-million bond issue. Chancery Judge Larry Primeaux issued the ruling yesterday. If there is no appeal, the board of supervisors can move forward on the bonds. The county plans to fund recreational projects and improvements to the courthouse. Plaintiffs argued the board should ...

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Judge weighing decision in bond issue petition

MERIDIAN — A judge will decide whether Lauderdale County officials erred in not calling an election on $14-million bond issue after a petition was filed by opponents. Chancery Judge Larry Primeaux heard arguments yesterday from county officials and opponents to the bond issue. Primeaux said he would rule later on whether the June approval of the bond issue is valid. ...

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