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DAVID DALLAS — Hope should spring eternal, not hate

In South Carolina last week, yet another unarmed, black man was killed by a white police officer. This slaying, as well as the officer’s planting of evidence, was caught on film. Somehow this is supposed to be different from other shootings of unarmed black men and boys in this country. The department has terminated the officer’s employment, meaning the chances ...

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Choctaws' new hospital nearing completion

PHILADELHIA — The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians is planning for a March 2 ribbon cutting for the tribe’s new hospital near Philadelphia. This will be followed by the grand opening for the facility on March 9. Tribal spokeswoman Misty Dreifuss tells WTOK-TV in Meridian the $55 million facility will be set up to meet an array of health care needs of ...

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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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MBJ's Businesswoman of the Year never expected her career to take this path

Thomasson Lumber has a simple slogan: “Just Pole Folks.” That may have been true for the company not too long ago. But today, the Philadelphia-based privately owned business now known as Thomasson Company does much more than provide pressure-treated utility poles, though it has been and still is a go-to-place for “round stock offerings,” which include softwood power poles. As ...

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Social media marketing allows casinos to give, take

You can be sure the casino industry knows a good bet when it sees one. And perhaps the most valuable tool to help revive a sluggish gaming industry in Mississippi is marketing through social media. “We look at social media, and there are a lot of different ways to approach it,” Brian Best, corporate president of e-commerce at Boyd Gaming, ...

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Chief Phyllis making a difference

On October 2011, Phyllis J. Anderson took over as the first woman in history to serve as chief of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians in Neshoba County. It was a turbulent time with controversy over some of the tribe’s gaming operations, and an FBI raid that was followed by the resignation of the Price Waterhouse Coopers, the financial firm ...

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Williams Brothers General Store is something to count on

The Williams Brothers General Store that is 105 years old is one retailer with absolutely no fear of Walmart. “My granddaddy was doing a big business here before Sam Walton was even born,” said Sid Williams, who owns the store with his Aunt Peggy Dees and her daughter, Jane Crosswhite. “The store has been here since 1907 in the same ...

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Indictments against former Eaton engineers dropped

JACKSON — Federal prosecutors in Mississippi have dropped criminal cases against five aerospace engineers who had been accused of stealing trade secrets. Senior U.S. District Judge William Barbour dismissed indictments against the men Wednesday. The charges of taking trade secrets from Eaton Corp. when they left to go to work for what is now called Triumph Aerospace had been brought ...

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Resort adds Warren, Deon

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians has hired Connie R. Deon as Pearl River Resort’s executive direct of finance. Deon has over 15 years of experience in finance. Most recently, she was the financial controller at Isle of Capri Casino in Lula. Bryce Warren, the resort’s president/CEO, says Deon will assist in the planning, implementing, managing and controlling of all ...

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