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MBCI Director of Economic Development wins scholarship award to Site Selectors Guild annual conference

John Hendrix, Director of Economic Development for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, was recently awarded one of five scholarships to attend the Site Selectors Guild Annual Conference. This conference brings together all 51 global members of the Site Selectors Guild as well as economic developers from around the world.  “This annual conference afforded me the opportunity to make contacts ...

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Queen’s Reward switching from mead to hand sanitizer

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal TUPELO • The newly installed gleaming copper and stainless still brewing at Queen’s Reward Meadery will be making mead brandy one day. But for now, it’ll be making something much more needed – hand sanitizer. “We were going to buy a still anyway – just not this early – but now that we have the ...

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Brent Quick joins Neel-Schaffer as project manager in Laurel office

Neel-Schaffer, Inc., has announced that Brent Quick, PE, PS, has joined the firm and will serve as a Construction Project Manager in the firm’s office in Laurel, Mississippi. Quick has nearly 25 years of engineering experience, all in various roles with the Mississippi Department of Transportation. From 2007 through early 2020, he served as an Engineer IV in MDOT’s Laurel ...

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Brent Story joins Neel-Schaffer as Georgia Director of Transportation Services

Neel-Schaffer, Inc., has announced the addition of Brent Story, PE, to our Georgia Operations as Director of Transportation Services. Based in Neel-Schaffer’s Atlanta office, Brent will play an integral role in enhancing our services to the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT). Having spent his entire career with GDOT, Brent brings over three decades of diverse project experience to his new ...

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Moss promoted to CEO of Merit Health Jackson market

Healthcare executive Barry Moss has been promoted to the role of chief executive officer for Merit Health’s Jackson Market. Moss currently serves as CEO of Merit Health Central, and will continue in this position, which he has held for the past three years. In his expanded role, Moss will have oversight for Merit Health Rankin, Merit Health River Oaks and ...

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VIP Cinema closed for good, hundreds laid off

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal NEW ALBANY – VIP Cinema Holdings Inc., after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last month, has closed for good. The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that the company told its remaining employees that because of the coronavirus pandemic, it could not get the financing it needed to restructure. VIP, which was founded in ...

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Neel-Schaffer names Cunningham engineer manager for Starkville office

Neel-Schaffer, Inc. has announced that John Cunningham, PE, has been promoted to the position of Senior Engineer Manager for the firm’s office in Starkville. Cunningham joined Neel-Schaffer in 2007 and has more than 25 years of experience as a Project Engineer and Project Manager for a wide variety of projects and disciplines. He is a Vice President with the firm ...

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‘it’s easy to overlook the impact of COVID-19 on people with serious mental-health issues’

By JULIE WHITEHEAD / Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting Cortney Hood of Tupelo knows the coronavirus pandemic is rattling her. She can see it in her daily routine.  “My anxiety manifests more at turning off all the lights because that costs money, making everyone gets off the internet since that costs money, checking the cabinets 10 times a day, checking the ...

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Mississippi moves tax filing deadline to May 15

While taxpayers have gotten an extension until July 15 to file their federal taxes, they’ll only get a one-month reprieve from Mississippi. The Mississippi Department of Revenue said it was “aware of the new pressures on the business community and state governments” due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We are committed to doing what we can to help provide relief and ...

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VT Halter Marine awarded fourth U.S. Navy berthing barge

VT Halter Marine of Pascagoula, a company of ST Engineering North America, was awarded a contract option for the U.S. Navy’s fourth Auxiliary Personnel Lighter–Small (APL(S)) 67 Class berthing and messing barge. The contract award is $39,906,609 for a firm, fixed-price option for the detail design and construction of the vessel. VT Halter Marine is currently constructing the first three ...

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