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TVA changing the way in charges for electricity

CHATTANOOGA — The Tennessee Valley Authority is giving notice that it plans to change the way it charges customers for electricity. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports the nation’s largest public utility notified local power companies this month that its pricing schedules will be tweaked when the board meets in August to adopt a budget for next year. TVA officials ...

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TVA sets record demand for February

KNOXVILLE — The Tennessee Valley Authority says cold temperatures this week drove customers to set a record for demand for February. TVA says the power demand hit an estimated 32,129 megawatts at 7 a.m. EST on Thursday. At that time, average temperatures in its coverage area hovered around 7 degrees. The previous record for February was 31,045 megawatts on Feb. ...

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Gov. Phil Bryant names 4 men to 9-year College Board terms

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant has named four men to nine-year terms on the College Board that would begin May 9. Delta Council Executive Vice President Chip Morgan of Leland was named to a central district seat to succeed Bob Owens of Jackson. Businessman Thomas Duff of Columbia was named to a southern district seat to succeed Robin Robinson of ...

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Smokin' the Sound cancelled in Biloxi

BILOXI — The annual powerboat races will not return to the Mississippi Sound in 2015. Smokin’ The Sound offshore powerboat race in Biloxi and the Smokin’ The Lake drag boat races in Gulfport are cancelled for this year Executive director Woody Bailey says dwindling financial support and recent years’ economic downturn prompted the decision. Bailey says financial support from state ...

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Rosemary Smith wins MBJ’s Businesswoman of the Year

  Rosemary Smith was named the 2015 Mississippi Business Journal Businesswoman of the Year today in front of a crowd of nearly 500 at the Hilton Hotel on County Line Road in Jackson. Smith, who grew up as one of eight children in the small town of Raleigh, is the Owner, President and Sole Stockholder of R & R Rentals and Hotshot, ...

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Rosemary Smith wins MBJ's Businesswoman of the Year

Rosemary Smith was named the 2015 Mississippi Business Journal Businesswoman of the Year today in front of a crowd of nearly 500 at the Hilton Hotel on County Line Road in Jackson. Smith, who grew up as one of eight children in the small town of Raleigh, is the Owner, President and Sole Stockholder of R & R Rentals and Hotshot, Inc., ...

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DAVID DALLAS — The dirt on Kemper Coal

The State Supreme Court has told Mississippi Power and its parent Southern Company to refund money to almost 200,000 customers. The state’s Public Service Commission had given Southern Company permission to start increasing rates on customers in an effort to pay off what is easily the most expensive boondoggle in Mississippi history. Public Service Commission Chairman Lynn Posey of Union, ...

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Judge: Oil, gas firms not liable for La. coastal erosion

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has dismissed a New Orleans-area levee authority’s lawsuit charging oil and gas companies with destroying Louisiana’s coastal wetlands. The lawsuit was filed by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East in 2013 against nearly 100 oil and gas companies over damage they allegedly caused to Louisiana’s wetlands. The authority is one of two regional boards ...

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Supreme Court says PSC blew it on Kemper power plant, orders refund

JACKSON — One thing is certain following Thursday’s state Supreme Court ruling — Mississippi Power Co.’s customers will be getting back the $200 million-plus they’ve paid so far for the coal-fueled power plant that the company is building in Kemper County. But what happens after that is anybody’s guess, as the court threw the problem back into the lap of ...

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