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Lighting company to open Mississippi facility, hiring 20

A lighting company is opening a distribution center in the Mississippi Delta, investing $1 million and hiring 20. Parmida LED Technologies announced Tuesday that it would open a facility in Indianola. Mississippi Development Authority spokeswoman Tammy Craft says the state will direct $400,000 in federal community development money for renovations and infrastructure. The state is loaning $1.5 million to Sunflower ...

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Board approves air pollution permit for wood pellet plant

Mississippi environmental regulators have approved an air pollution permit for what could be the largest wood pellet plant in the world, despite objections from environmental groups that the plant would emit too much pollution and have other harmful effects. The state Environmental Quality Permit Board voted unanimously to issue a permit Tuesday for Enviva Partners LP’s $140 million plant in ...

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Board approves air pollution permit for wood pellet plant

Mississippi environmental regulators have approved an air pollution permit for what could be the largest wood pellet plant in the world. The Clarion Ledger reports the state Environmental Quality Permit Board voted unanimously to issue a permit Tuesday for Enviva LP’s plant in Lucedale. Environmental groups have voiced concerns about dust and other emissions from the $140 million plant. But ...

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TOURISM TRAGEDY — Toxic bacteria mean fewer people on Mississippi’s beaches

Toxic bacteria are keeping swimmers out of the water on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and it will be weeks before financial information shows whether beach closures are hurting the local economy. The communications director for the tourism agency Coastal Mississippi, Erin Rosetti, says she’s seeing fewer people hanging out on the sand. “We do see people on the beach. However, ...

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Starkville narrows annexation plan after residents say no

A proposal for annexation is being revised after some county residents in northern Mississippi said they don’t want to become part of a city. Starkville aldermen on Tuesday dropped the city’s plan to take in part of the University Estates neighborhood, which is east of the Mississippi State University campus. The neighborhood’s residents turned out in large numbers at a ...

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Cary Karlson to retire from Washington County Economic Alliance

After 7 years working devotedly for the Washington County Economic Alliance (WCEA), Cary Karlson, a resident of Greenville, is set to retire on July 31. Cary Karlson, 65, joined the WCEA in 2012 after numerous years of experience in wholesale trade and product development. During his time at the WCEA, he was responsible for rebuilding the organization into the premier ...

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Bryant announces initiatives for Stennis Center

MBJ staff Gov. Phil Bryant announced on Monday two initiatives to attract space companies and strengthen the presence of the John C. Stennis Space Center in Hancock County. The center is a 14,000-acre complex surrounded by a 125,000-acre heavily wooded buffer zone. It’s where some of the most powerful rocket engines in the world have been tested, including first- and ...

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Mack graduates from Economic Development Institute

Taquana E. Mack, with Madison County Economic Development Authority, graduated from the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute on May 2 at the OU EDI Spring session held in Indianapolis, Indiana. OU EDI is an intensive 117 hour certificate program which provides a broad spectrum of advanced education for the economic development professional. Mary Ann Moon, Dean, said, “OU EDI ...

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Continuing the legacy: Ken Jeter Store and Restaurant Supply gets new owner

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal TUPELO • For nearly 50 years, Ken Jeter Store Equipment has been quietly successful, installing commercial equipment in restaurants, supermarkets, convenience stores and service industry businesses. But people outside of those businesses often don’t realize the store has been around that long and don’t even know where it is. However, its new owner, Jason ...

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Kay Sipes Named Chamber Director at WCEA

The Washington County Economic Alliance (WCEA) has announced the appointment of Kay Sipes as the new Chamber Director. Sipes is a Greenville native and comes to the WCEA with numerous years of chamber of commerce and economic development experience. She has mostly recently been serving as interim-Chamber Director with the WCEA since January. In her short time with the WCEA, ...

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