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Former epidemiologist named new Mississippi health officer

The Mississippi State Department of Health has a new leader. The department says in a news release Thursday that the Board of Health is naming Dr. Thomas Dobbs as the state health officer. It’s a job he has held on an interim basis since Dr. Mary Currier retired Oct. 31. She had been the health officer for almost nine years. ...

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Alloy ingredient firm sets $10M Mississippi plant, hiring 25

A maker of steel and aluminum alloy ingredients is opening a plant in northeast Mississippi. Traxys Cometals Processing announced Thursday that it’s investing $10 million and will hire 25 workers. The plant will be completed this month at Yellow Creek Port on the Tennessee Tombigbee Waterway near Burnsville. Mississippi Development Authority spokeswoman Tammy Craft says Yellow Creek is borrowing state ...

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Ridgeland defends Costco gas station site approval

By JACK WEATHERLY The city of Ridgeland has denied major points in a court filing against its June 19 approval of a site for a gas station across Highland Colony Parkway from a 45-acre site that would include a proposed Costco Wholesale store. The case in Madison County Circuit Court comes after opponents of the so-called third phase of the ...

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‘Grinch effect’ casts pall over shopping season

By JACK WEATHERLY Two credit-card reports cast a pall over the nation during the height of the Christmas-shopping season. The timing of the analyses might be called the Grinch effect. Mississippi has the sixth-highest credit-card debt burden in the nation, according to CreditCards.com. Another personal-finance website, WalletHub, took a look at credit-card debt in more than 2,500 cities for the ...

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Export awards given to Mississippi firms

By MBJ STAFF Gov. Phil Bryant presented awards to four Mississippi companies at the 2018 Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Exporting event held at the Old Capitol Inn in Jackson. The awards recognize Mississippi companies for their success in beginning, maintaining or increasing export sales to international markets. “The companies honored at this year’s Export Awards ceremony have successfully demonstrated ...

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CAVS perceives off-road unmanned vehicles as avenue to success

By TED CARTER Mississippi State University’s Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems, or CAVS, decided a few years back that what it really wanted was the Great Outdoors. It’s getting its wish. CAVS sees itself on a road less taken through its work with the U.S. Army researching and building driverless off-road vehicles.  A sign of how far CAVS intends to ...

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Intentionally small Burris/Wagnon Architects defies fashion and trend

By BECKY GILLETTE Burris/Wagnon Architects, P.A., is an “intentionally small” firm in Jackson that has had a big impact on architecture in the state. The firm has designed a wide variety of commercial, residential, civic, ecclesiastical, and educational projects across the state. The firm has won more than a dozen state, regional, and national design awards over the years, and ...

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Wildfires like those seen in California possible in Mississippi?

By BECKY GILLETTE The recent devastating camp fire-begun conflagration that killed 85 people and destroyed about 14,000 homes in California has created more awareness of the potential for devastating wildfires, said Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC) Fire Chief Randy Giachelli. “The saddest part is that nearly nine out of 10 wildfires nationwide could have been prevented with proper care,” Giachelli said. ...

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Trustmark Names Duane A. Dewey Chief Operating Officer

Trustmark Corporation has announced that Duane A. Dewey has been named Chief Operating Officer of Trustmark National Bank effective January 1, 2019. Gerard R. Host, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “Duane is a valuable member of our executive team and has a distinguished record of achievement during his 15-year tenure at Trustmark. He understands our customers, markets and culture ...

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