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Leadership program gets needed boost

STARKVILLE — The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has approved $697,051 for Mississippi State University (MSU) to create the High Performance Leadership Institute, a program aimed at turning around failing and underperforming schools in Mississippi. MSU will partner with the Mississippi Department of Education in the establishment of the High Performance Leadership Institute. After studying similar efforts in other states, MSU ...

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ATK a key player in Delta II satellite launch

IUKA — Alliant Techsystems (ATK) played a key role in the successful launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket for NASA from Space Launch Complex 17B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., carrying the Missile Defense Agency’s Space Tracking and Surveillance System (STSS) Demonstrators Program satellite. Nine ATK GEM-40 solid propulsion strap-on boosters provided augmented thrust for ...

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Maron reappointed to another term

Elizabeth Lee Maron, a partner in Adams and Reese, LLP’s, Jackson office, has been reappointed by the Mississippi Supreme Court for a third term to the Mississippi Commission on Continuing Legal Education. Maron was appointed by Justice Jim Kitchens, and in July, the commission members elected Maron to serve as chairman for 2009-2010. Maron is a partner in the Special ...

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Mitchell named MacArthur Fellow

Jerry Mitchell, investigative reporter at The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, was named one of two dozen new MacArthur Fellows, a list that includes artists, writers and scientists the foundation believes show the ability to use their gifts to improve the world. For 20 years, Mitchell has investigated the civil-rights era, relentlessly pursuing leads and uncovering previously unknown information that helped result ...

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Kell sets new service record

Kay Kell is now the longest-serving city manager ever for the City of Pascagoula. Charles Fulghum had held the record at eight years and eight months. Kell surpassed that mark Sept. 22. To commemorate the occasion, her executive management team presented her an engraved clock at their weekly meeting. Many members of the City Council were also there to congratulate ...

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Arnemann named assistant to commissioner

Central District Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall announces the employment of Michael Arnemann as assistant to the commissioner. Arnemann, a native of New Orleans, attended the University of Mississippi and received a degree in banking and finance. After graduation, he went to work in commercial banking in New Orleans, followed by a position with the Mississippi Republican Party as finance director. ...

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Mississippi’s hotel prices among lowest in country

According to the hotels.com Hotel Price Index (HPI), Mississippi had the lowest average price per room per night among Southern states, dropping 11 percent from last year. The HPI also found that Florida cities were among the most popular U.S. destinations for domestic and international travelers. Florida and Georgia experienced the greatest drop in lodging prices among Southern states with ...

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Hopkins earns CTR designation

Jena Hopkins, a cancer registrar at Forrest General Hospital’s Cancer Center, recently achieved certification as a certified tumor registrar through the National Cancer Registrars Association. Hopkins, who has been with Forrest General’s Cancer Registry for four years, achieved this certification after completing several classes and passing a rigorous examination.

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CARS payments are almost complete

WASHINGTON — With final dealer payments being processed under the CARS program, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that the agency has “crossed the finish line for paying back eligible and complete dealer submissions.” According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, $12.301 million was requested by dealers in Mississippi, and $11.92 million had been paid or was ready for payment ...

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StateStreet Group adds Turnipseed

Amy Turnipseed has joined StateStreet Group as commercial real estate manager. She will oversee leasing and management of commercial properties in the company’s portfolio. Turnipseed began her career as a financial consultant at KPMG, LLP.  Since then, she was a regional manager in Jackson for Parkway Properties Inc. After graduating from Millsaps College with a bachelor of business administration in ...

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