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PEER report on port expansion to be released this week

GULFPORT — A legislative committee will release a report this week on its analysis of spending at the State Port at Gulfport. Max Arinder, director of the Performance Evaulation and Expenditure Review Committee, told The Sun Herald that the report should be available to the public Friday. Gov. Phil Bryant, the Mississippi Development Authority and state port officials had wanted ...

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Furnituremaker files for bankruptcy, to lay off nearly 1,500 workers

NORTHEAST MISSISSIPPI — A financially troubled St. Louis, Mo., furniture company that operates several facilities in Mississippi is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and is set to lay off its 1,451-person workforce in the state. Furniture Brands International designs, manufactures and markets furniture under a variety of notable brand names, including Broyhill and Thomasville. Its Lane Furniture division operates manufacturing ...

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City hopes to land grant to clean up contaminated site

GAUTIER — Petroleum contaminated sites would be prime candidates for a revitalization program if Gautier city officials are successful in obtaining a $400,000 brownfield’s grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Jymalyn Redmond of the Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood firm is assisting the city in preparing its application. Mayor Gordon Gollott tells The Mississippi Press he hoped to see citizens ...

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State's jobless rate drops half-point, but workforce decreased

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s unemployment rate fell by a half percentage point to 8.5 percent in July, hitting lowest level in more than four years, but only because the state’s labor force shrank. A separate survey showed state employer payrolls fell slightly. Both sets of figures — adjusted to cancel out normal seasonal changes — were released today by the ...

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More puzzling numbers reported on construction industry

The construction industry has again released statistics that do not seem to quite add up, this time concerning employment. In July, builders recorded a loss of 6,000 jobs in July, according to figures from the U.S. Department of Labor. Yet, construction unemployment fell to 9.1 percent, down from 9.8 percent last month and significant decrease from the 12.3 percent jobless ...

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City enacts one-year hiring freeze; faces a $1.1M deficit

VICKSBURG — The city of Vicksburg has implemented a 12-month hiring freeze. The Vicksburg Post reports that the city is faced with a projected $1.1 million deficit when the new fiscal year begins Oct. 1. The Board of Mayor and Aldermen said the action is an attempt to prevent dipping into the city’s cash reserves. City accounting director Doug Whittington ...

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Enerfab unveils plans for yet another expansion

NATCHEZ — Enerfab Inc. plans a second expansion in less than a year at its Enersteel operation in Natchez. The $10-million investment, announced yesterday, is projected to create at least 45 jobs, raising the company’s employment total above 150. That comes on top of an $11-million, 20-job expansion announced in May. The company opened its Natchez location in the second ...

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Supervisors award infrastructure contracts for steel plant expansion

COLUMBUS — Lowndes County supervisors have awarded contracts for an access road, rail spur and loading pad portions of the expansion for the local Mississippi Steel Processing plant. The Commercial Dispatch reports the board accepted recommendations from county engineer Bob Calvert on the contracts. Okolona-based Ausbern Construction was selected to build the access road after submitting a bid of $716,354. ...

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Community learns hard lessons from IP mill closure

NATCHEZ — Darryl Grennell can remember growing up in Natchez and smelling an odd odor in the air coming from the International Paper mill. What smelled funky to Grennell was a welcomed aroma for others. “I would ask the older people what that odor was and they would say to me, ‘That’s the smell of money,'” said Grennell, who is ...

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