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Olive Branch accepts $2.1M bid to fix streets

OLIVE BRANCH — Olive Branch officials have accepted a $2.1 million bid for the first batch of street repairs and repaving on 49 of the worst roads in the city. On Tuesday, the Board of Aldermen also authorized staff to begin seeking bids for phase two of street repaving. Both projects are expected to be finished by summer’s end. The ...

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Olive Branch votes to issue $8 million in bonds

OLIVE BRANCH — Olive Branch aldermen have voted to issue additional general obligation bonds designed to help pay for several projects. Over the coming months, The Commercial Appeal reports the Board of Aldermen will decide exactly how the $8 million in bonds will be spent with input from city staff. But right now, park improvements and water and sewer projects ...

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Soap maker pays $50,000 fine for violating wastewater permit

OLIVE BRANCH — An Olive Branch soap maker is paying a $50,000 civil fine for failing to renew its wastewater permit on time and for increasing wastewater discharges. Marietta American agreed to pay the fine to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. The plant is a unit of hotel toiletries maker Marietta Corp. of Cortland, New York. A Dec. 9 ...

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Emergency workers' new hydraulic tools allow faster rescues

OLIVE BRANCH —  New hydraulic rescue tools will let crews extract people from smashed cars much faster, says Olive Branch Fire Capt. Dave Taylor. “They could probably do an extraction in half the time now,” he told The Memphis Commercial Appeal. Crews are training with the new tools, which Deputy Chief Ken Givens said are also much lighter than the ...

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Southern Airways expands service from Jackson/Madison

OLIVE BRANCH — Southern Airways has added three new cities to be served from Jackson (Madison), and an upgrade of its Destin, Florida, service from seasonal to year-round. “We are very pleased to be adding new Jackson service to three additional cities: Memphis, Oxford and Atlanta,” said Stan Little, Southern’s chairman and CEO. “All Southern flights to or from Metropolitan ...

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Communities awarded national Main Street accreditation

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Main Street Association has designated cities as accredited National Main Street Programs for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center. The cities are Aberdeen, Corinth, Pascagoula, Amory, Greenville, Philadelphia, Baldwyn, Greenwood, Picayune, Batesville, Gulfport, Pontotoc, Belhaven, Hattiesburg, Ripley, Biloxi, Hernando, Senatobia, Booneville, Indianola, Starkville, Canton, Kosciusko, Tunica, Carthage, ...

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Dave Taylor new head of training for Olive Branch Fire Department

Dave Taylor, an 18-year veteran of the Olive Branch Fire Department, is the department’s new head of training. Taylor, a lieutenant, got the job after Ken Givens moved up to assistant fire chief, a role that came open when Scott Phillips, the assistant chief for 11 years, was elected mayor in this year’s municipal elections. The 39-year-old Taylor, who grew ...

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Olive Branch, Kosciusko plants begin operations

October opened on a high note for workforces in Olive Branch and Kosciusko. Attala Steel Industries cut the ribbon its new 30,000-square-foot galvanizing plant in Kosciusko, while Teleflex Inc. opened its distribution center in Olive Branch. Attala Steel’s facility is in addition to the company’s existing structural steel mill and fabrication plant in Kosciusko. Teleflex says its Olive Branch Center ...

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Olive Branch couple turns an ear toward hearing aid venture

After Joe Pickler was downsized from his job as a software salesman, he wasn’t ready to head into retirement. Instead, he and his wife, Gayle, a medical space planner, decided to start their own business. “No one wanted to hire a 64-year-old salesman,” Pickler said. “We are knowledgeable and talented. So we decided we would just open our own business. ...

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