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BILL CRAWFORD: May Day shows rural communities can succeed

Rural communities in the South can succeed.    Thomasville, a small town in Alabama’s poor “Black Belt,” has thrived under the leadership of Mayor Sheldon Day. Indeed, Day has his folks believing it is “cool to be rural.”   Census data shows Thomasville with 4,209 residents and a low family poverty rate of 13% compared to 25% for the whole ...

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Former Stone County Economic Development Partnership executive director indicted

JACKSON, Mississippi — Jay Paul Gumm, former executive director of the Stone County Economic Development Partnership, was indicted Thursday on one count of felony embezzlement, according to a release today from State Auditor Stacey Pickering.  Gumm was previously arrested on August 16, 2013 for embezzlement. As Executive Director, Gumm embezzled over $24,000.00, Pickering’s release said. Gumm is accused of depositing ...

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Ex-economic developer arrested, charged with stealing

WIGGINS — Authorities say the former executive director of the Stone County Economic Development Partnership has been arrested on an embezzlement charge. A news release from State Auditor Stacey Pickering’s office says 50-year-old Jay Paul Gumm was arrested Friday. The news release says Gumm embezzled over $24,000 from the organization. The arrest was made by investigators from the auditor’s office ...

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Gumm earns honor

Jay Paul Gumm, executive director of the Stone County Economic Development Partnership (EDP), received an award for leadership in economic development at the Mississippi Economic Development Council’s Winter Conference. Gumm, who just completed his first year with the EDP, won the Jimmy and Ray Heidel Leadership Award. Jimmy Heidel, for whom the award is named, presented the award. Heidel spent ...

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