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TVA forms opinion group

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has established a group of opinion leaders from across the Tennessee Valley region to provide additional input as TVA charts its options for meeting the region’s electricity needs for the next 20 years. TVA is developing a new Integrated Resource Plan called TVA’s Environmental and Energy Future. The plan will outline various ...

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Q&A: David Barrentine, Region president at BancorpSouth

Confidence is improving Barrentine takes a look at our complex economy As the region president at BancorpSouth, the largest Mississippi-based bank, David Barrentine has a large responsibility toward his bank and the community during these troubled economic times. Barrentine recently sat down with the Mississippi Business Journal to explain some of the complicated issues of the day and to share ...

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Q&A: Dr. Eric Clark, Executive Director State Board for Community Colleges

Educating our kids Exploring the importance of the state’s community colleges Mississippi’s pioneering system of 15 community and junior colleges has proven an invaluable asset during good times. During times of crisis, it has been indispensable in getting the state’s workforce back on its feet. Dr. Eric Clark, executive director of the State Board of Community and Junior Colleges, recently ...

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The game has changed

Industry recruitment is totally different than it was 30 years ago Notable job creation announcements since the start of the new year include the private prison in Adams County landing a federal contract that will bring 400 jobs with it, a call center in Meridian producing 273 jobs since October and Alliant Tech Systems in Iuka, which manufactures commercial aircraft ...

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Lawmakers at impasse on state’s ’09 budget

Medicaid and hospital tax are sticking points for Democrats and GOP Budget negotiators signaled last week that progress had been made toward an agreement on the state’s roughly $5-billion budget for fiscal year 2010, which begins in one month. As of late Thursday afternoon, though, no accord had been struck, as most lawmakers not involved in the negotiations sat idly ...

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Six and counting

Nissan helps Mississippi become major player Six years ago, the first vehicle at Canton’s Nissan plant rolled off the assembly line and started a drive toward Mississippi becoming a major player in the southeastern automotive manufacturing industry.   May 2003 marked the culmination of years of effort by government and economic development officials to lure the massive project that was ...

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Q&A: Janita Stewart, district director, U.S. Small Business Administration

Hope for small business Stewart offers opinions and advice for small business owners Small businesses are  feeling the squeeze from the current recession and need a boost.  One source of assistance is the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), which has recently enhanced a number of its programs and added new ones. The Mississippi Business Journal caught up with Janita Stewart, ...

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Q&A: Ed Thompson, State health officer of the Mississippi State Department of Health

Healthy Mississippi Thompson serving state during challenging times There are many health issues currently facing Mississippi, and there is one man who knows and maintains the state’s prevention and intervention efforts.  Dr. Ed Thompson, however, seems to handle the responsibility with ease.  The Mississippi Business Journal recently asked Thompson about the state’s most pressing issues, and what the Mississippi State ...

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