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EOC officially in operation

HANCOCK COUNTY — Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and first lady Marsha Barbour were among special guests as officials at NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center cut the ribbon on its new Emergency Operations Center June 2. Officials say the 78,688-square-foot facility is a giant leap forward in emergency operations and response capabilities, enabling critical integration by consolidating the center’s medical ...

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County recoups stolen money

RALEIGH — State Auditor Stacey Pickering presented a check for $68,830 recovered from the bonding company of Telicha Nobles to the Smith County Board of Supervisors June 1 at the Smith County Courthouse in Raleigh. Nobles pled guilty Dec. 22, 2008, to embezzling $63,432 from February 2006–August 2007 while working as a payroll and accounting clerk for the county. She ...

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AT&T launches new bundled service

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — AT&T has launched a bundled-services offer targeted at small businesses that includes wireless, wired and high-speed Internet services. According to AT&T, the package is an industry first. The “All for Less” bundle is now available to qualifying small business customers (one to four lines in a single location) across AT&T’s 22-state footprint. To qualify, customers must already ...

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Alligator-hunting permits available

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks has begun accepting applications for the 2009 alligator hunting season. There are hunting opportunities on both public waters and private lands. There are two public waters zones open to limited alligator hunting opportunities. One encompasses Pearl River/Ross Barnett Zone near Jackson and the other the Pascagoula River Zone in ...

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Parkway sells Texas facility

JACKSON — Parkway Properties Inc. has closed the fee simple sale of the 1717 St. James Place office property located in Houston, Texas. The gross sales price was $8.7 million; Parkway received net cash proceeds from the sale of approximately $8.4 million. The office building, built in 1975, is a 110,000-square-foot property that was 87.9 percent occupied at June 1. ...

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Hancock Holding adds Kendricks

GULFPORT — Veteran banker Sam B. Kendricks has been named the chief credit policy officer at Hancock Holding Company. With this appointment, Kendricks begins his new executive responsibilities as former chief credit officer Alfred Rath transitions to become Hancock’s Chief Risk Officer. Kendricks, a Mississippi native who joined Hancock Bank in 2001, previously served as a senior vice president and ...

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Gillis named clerk of Courts

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court appointed Kathy Gillis of Jackson as the new clerk of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. Gillis replaces Betty Sephton of Brandon, whose retirement was effective May 31. Gillis has worked for the office of the Supreme Court Clerk for 28 years. She served as chief deputy clerk for nearly 17 years. The ...

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IHL chooses Bounds, Jones

JACKSON — After much anticipation, the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) has named Dr. Hank Bounds, Mississippi superintendent of education, as the preferred candidate for the position of commissioner of higher education, and Dr. Dan Jones, current vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical ...

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More ARRA funds heading to state

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has selected 289 applications for the first national sign-up for floodplain easements under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The easements will cover more the 36,000 acres of land in 36 states. During this ARRA floodplain easement sign-up, USDA received more than 4,200 applications, totaling over $1.4 billion and representing 479,000 acres ...

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Rouses give more to MSU

STARKVILLE — Continuing close ties with Mississippi State University (MSU), a Houston, Texas, couple is providing $500,000 to the university for recruiting and retaining high-caliber business faculty members. MSU alumnus James J. Rouse and wife, Julia, are endowing a management professorship in the College of Business. Earnings from the gift will support the academic position. “We wanted to establish an ...

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