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Facelift and expansion of 1950s era Monfort a go

Attala Co. hospital waits for bids now, expects to break ground in October   Montfort Jones Memorial Hospital in Kosciusko is searching for a general contractor for a $15-million expansion comprising approximately 58,000 square feet. Hospital administrator John Dawson said he hopes the facility will see lots of new patients as federal healthcare reform kicks in.   Montfort released its ...

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$6 million spent to keep migratory ducks from oil

Private landowners paid to flood land in hopes of luring flying fowl   Almost all of $6 million in federal funds allocated for early flooding along the Mississippi Flyway have been obligated to private landowners. But whether the early flooding program will actually succeed in its goal of stopping birds from heading south toward the BP oil spill is anybody’s ...

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Heritage Bank capital call nearly $6 million

Leaders not certain money can be raised The FDIC has ordered Carthage-based Heritage Bank to raise nearly $6 million in capital by early September, and the institution’s leader is not asserting that the money can be raised. Heritage has $238 million in assets and $225 in total liabilities, leaving only $13 million in equity, according to a recent earnings statement. Also, ...

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Numbers don’t lie: Beau had a lot to lose with Brown incident

The executive director of the Mississippi Department of Transportation will return to the Beau Rivage in late October. Butch Brown is probably hoping for a calmer stay than his last one. Brown, 67, was arrested in the early morning of July 23 at the Biloxi resort and charged with public intoxication and disorderly conduct. The details in the police report ...

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Heritage or Hindrance? — Mississippi flag plays a role in state’s sports and economic development

Pearl’s Trustmark Park is in the hunt to host the Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament, but in the end, the SEC says our state flag is a negative factor, officially making the Confederate symbol a financial liability Since the mid 1990s, the Birmingham, Ala., suburb of Hoover has been the site of the Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament. That may change next year. ...

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‘SHOW ME THE MONEY’

College football grasping to keep agents, lure of cash from tainting eligibility of its athletes   The Southeastern Conference’s chaotic kickoff to each football season happens every year in late July at the Wynfrey Hotel in Birmingham. Media Days, the great gathering of SEC royalty, does not require a dramatic story line to whip fans and media into a frenzy; ...

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‘Misunderstanding’

MDOT executive director Butch Brown and the Beau Rivage call his arrest a ‘misunderstanding;’ the Biloxi Police Department says Brown was ‘drunk,’ ‘belligerent’ and so much a threat to officers he was placed in a facility ‘better equipped to handle unruly prisoners’   Click here to see the complete PDF reproductions of the police report from the Butch Brown arrest ...

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Smart cities using tax increment financing

Hattiesburg development another example, like Ridgeland’s Renaissance, of the growing trend to use TIF to secure large retail projects A new $30-million retail development in western Hattiesburg is expected to close in August. The Ridge at Turtle Creek, which will be on U.S. 98 West next to Target, is another example of the growing trend of cities using tax increment ...

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Sweet-er potatoes

With weather on their side, so far, growers are looking to rebound from disastrous 2009 So far, so good. Mississippi’s sweet potato growers aren’t ready to celebrate yet, but the 2010 growing season is off to an excellent start — maybe the best ever. If those conditions hold, many farmers might just survive the worst times in the growers’ history. “This ...

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New bridge, new opportunities

U.S. 82 structure across Miss. River at Greenville alleviates bottleneck On July 26, officials will cut the ribbon on the new U.S. 82 Mississippi River Bridge at Greenville, a nine-year construction project that is expected to create new intermodal opportunities for the Delta and alleviate the worst transportation hazard on the lower river. The ceremony starts at 10 a.m. “Nobody ...

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