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Warden who lives hundreds of miles from jail resigns

CORINTH — A lobbyist for a private prison company is resigning as warden of the Alcorn County jail in northeast Mississippi, a job he held while living more than 200 miles away in the Jackson suburb of Madison. Irb Benjamin told Alcorn County supervisors he will step down Dec. 1. That action came several days after two inmates escaped from ...

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Indictment: Prison boss Chris Epps took bribes for contracts

JACKSON — Former Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps, who resigned abruptly this week, has been charged with accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from a Rankin County businessman connected to several private prison companies. Epps is accused of receiving more than $700,000 from 2008 to 2014. The 49-count federal indictment, unsealed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Jackson, also ...

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Corrections Commissioner Epps resigns due to apparent federal investigation

JACKSON — Mississippi’s corrections commissioner suddenly resigned yesterday in the face of an apparent federal investigation. Christopher Epps had led the state prison system for 12 years. Gov Phil Bryant named Deputy Commissioner Richard McCarty as the interim leader of the state prison system until a permanent commissioner is selected. Epps did not return a telephone call seeking comment. House ...

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Justice Court judge announces retirement, cites health issues

TUPELO — Longtime Lee County Justice Court Judge Pat Carr is resigning effective May 31. Carr cited health reasons in his resignation letter to the board of supervisors Monday. A special election to fill the remainder of the term is scheduled for Nov. 4. The job pays $47,844 annually. Supervisors appointed Tupelo attorney Dennis Voge to serve as interim judge ...

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Alcorn president resigns as investigation continues

Above is former Alcorn State University President M. Christopher Brown II’s interview with the Mississippi Business Journal earlier this year … LORMAN — Alcorn State University President M. Christopher Brown II has resigned amid an investigation into university purchasing practices. The resignation was announced yesterday by Higher Education Commissioner Hank Bounds. Brown did not immediately respond to requests for comment ...

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Alcorn's finances being investigated; CFO resigns

LORMAN — Alcorn State University’s chief financial officer has resigned amid an investigation of alleged financial problems at the school. Mississippi Higher Education Commissioner Hank Bounds tells The Natchez Democrat that Betty Roberts resigned yesterday. Bounds says in a statement that his office has received reports of financial discrepancies and the College Boards staff is reviewing those reports. Bounds declined ...

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School superintendent resigns after administrative leave, police visit

PHILADELPHIA — Dr. Terry Larabee has agreed to resign as superintendent of the Philadelphia Public School District. The Neshoba Democrat reports that the school board announced Larabee’s resignation in a statement yesterday. The board says it will pay $100,000 to settle the differences between the parties. It says Larabee is giving up the remainder of his contract, which was in ...

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CVB director resigns; board president surprised

BILOXI — The director of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau has resigned. Beth Carriere submitted her resignation Friday, the Sun Herald reports, in what board president Duncan McKenzie describes as a surprise. McKenzie, who heads the Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Tourism Commission, declines to discuss why Carriere is leaving. She couldn’t be reached for comment. Carriere’s ...

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Davis resigns, turning over mayor's office early

SOUTHAVEN — Mayor Greg Davis’ term does not end until next month, but he announced at yesterday’s aldermen meeting that he is resigning from the job he has held for 16 years a little early. Davis said he would step down as mayor effective June 28 and pass the reins over to Darren Musselwhite, who defeated him in the June ...

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State agency continues to lose top executives

BILOXI — Another top official at the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources has announced he’s leaving. The Sun Herald reports Danny Guice, who had been interim director of the agency after DMR executive director Bill Walker was fired in January, announced to the staff last week he would be retiring, effective June 30. The agency is the focus of ongoing ...

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