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Mississippi physicians offer olive branch on code requirements


By JACK WEATHERLY Mississippi physicians are willing to throw themselves on the mercy of the federal government as a Oct. 1 deadline nears for the implementation of a complex disease coding system they say is a disruptive threat. The system is called ICD-10. That stands for the 10th version of the International Classification of Diseases. The codes have grown — ...

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UMMC medical students donate stem cells, bone marrow in the ‘Be the Match’ program

Second-year medical students John Howard, left, and Ian Mallett entered the national Be the Match program as possible bone marrow or stem cell donors. Howard matched as a stem cell contributor, Mallett as a bone marrow donor

  By LYNN LOFTON Two Mississippi medical students still have some time before completing their training, but they’re already having a positive effect on the health of others. Ian Mallett and John Howard, both second-year students at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, have donated bone marrow or stem cells to individuals whose lives were threatened by leukemia. A third ...

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A humble Norman Price drives growth at Southwest Health System

Southwest Health Systems recently recognized Norman Price’s 30 years at the hospital by naming the ambulatory surgery center in his honor. At the ceremony were, from left, Dr. Will K. Austin, Price, and Barbara and Regina Lowe, who represented the late Dr. C. Foster Lowe. Austin, Price and Lowe were key in starting the center.

By LISA MONTI CEO Norman Price has guided Southwest Health System’s growth for more than 30 years, starting when it was the 160-bed Southwest Mississippi Medical Center to through its expansion into the multi-county healthcare delivery network it is today. Price’s arrival to McComb was memorable in a couple of ways. His first day on the job, Jan. 7, 1985, was ...

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PHIL HARDWICK’S THE ALIBI, a serial novel: Chapter 9 The Chase is On

» Jack Boulder, Mississippi’s premier private investigator, seeks to recover the special Brett Favre MVP exhibit that has been stolen from the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame & Museum. George Turnage spilled his guts to Jack Boulder. The two men were sitting at the dining room table at the Turnage home at Old Waverly. Across the hall was Turnage’s remarkable ...

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US Capitol’s Confederate statues prompt renewed debate

A statue of Jefferson Davis, second from left, is on display in Statuary Hall on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 24, 2015. The statue was given to the National Statuary Hall Collection in the U.S. Capitol by Mississippi in 1931. Davis served the nation in many positions before being appointed president of the Confederate States during the Civil War, including Secretary of War, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and a member of the U.S. Senate.  The move in South Carolina to remove the Confederate flag from the statehouse grounds is prompting members of Congress to take a new look at Confederate images that surround them every day.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

WASHINGTON — Alexander H. Stephens, onetime vice president of the Confederacy, sits memorialized in stone, right leg crossed over left, staring sternly into the distance as summer-clad tourists mill about him in the U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall. Solemn and cold, he looks like he could sit there for eternity. But the renewed debate about symbols of the Confederacy in the ...

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Olive Branch reviews ambitious plans for City Park

  OLIVE BRANCH — Olive Branch’s 135-acre premier park is undergoing work on its lake and walking trails, but city officials may spend millions of dollars more to broaden the park system’s appeal. Two of the most ambitious possibilities for City Park are an “all-inclusive playground” for children with special needs at a price tag of $750,000 and a 12-court ...

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Walnut, Oxford earn healthy hometown honors in Mississippi


BILOXI — Tippah County’s Walnut has earned the title of “Mississippi’s Healthiest Home Town” and a $50,000 grant. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Oxford was also recognized on Wednesday, along with Morton and Kosciusko, by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation as part of its annual program to encourage cities around the state to create healthier communities. ...

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City of Tupelo awarded top municipal honor in Mississippi

Tupelo sign

BILOXI — The city of Tupelo has received a top honor among Mississippi municipalities by winning the Mississippi Municipal League Overall Award for Excellence for 2015. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Tupelo received the honor during an awards program Wednesday as part of the league’s annual conference. The award recognizes and encourages the achievement of Mississippi cities in meeting ...

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$66K owed, president of defunct business may have to testify

Stennis Space Center

GULFPORT — A business that made false statements to Stennis Space Center about concrete-stress tests has failed to make payments on a judgment of $66,671, federal court documents show. The Sun Herald reports that federal prosecutors want an accounting from company president Robert C. Miller. A judge has not ruled on the request. The money includes restitution and fines against ...

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Workers admit roles in fraudulent invoices on vessels


GULFPORT — Two former supervisors at Ingalls Shipbuilding pleaded guilty to charges of failing to report the fraudulent charging of time and labor for work on U.S. Coast Guard and Navy vessels at the Pascagoula shipyard. The Sun Herald reports 52-year-old Neil Holden and 41-year-old Robert Gardner Jr. waived indictment and pleaded guilty Wednesday to a bill of information charging them ...

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