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MSU Extension reaches out to struggling farmers

By BONNIE COBLENTZ The Mississippi State University Extension Service is doing what it can to make sure everyone in the state’s agricultural community knows there is help available when the stress of life seems unrelenting. David Buys, Extension state health specialist, said the stress farmers and rural residents face regularly can cause mental health problems. If unchecked, these issues can ...

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State Auditor: Mississippi outpaces Southern states in outside-the-classroom spending

Mississippi spent a higher percentage of public education money outside the classroom and on administrative expenditures than almost every other state in the South in the last 10 years according to a new report released today by State Auditor Shad White. The report also shows Mississippi spent a smaller portion of money inside the classroom than most other southern states ...

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Possible tornadoes strike parts of Mississippi, Louisiana.

Forecasters say possible tornadoes struck communities in Mississippi and Louisiana during the overnight hours, leaving trees toppled and twisted. The National Weather Service meteorologist Dan Byrd said crews from the agency were being sent Wednesday to the small community of Star, Mississippi, to assess damage from what was likely a tornado. He said crews were also being sent to Franklin ...

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Sea turtles released after rehab from pneumonia, fish hook

Two endangered sea turtles are swimming again in the Mississippi Sound after rehabilitation in south Mississippi. One is a 115-pound (52.1-kilogram) loggerhead that developed pneumonia while a Louisiana spillway was open. The other is a Kemp’s ridley that needed throat surgery after it swallowed a fisherman’s hook. Dr. Moby Solangi of the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport attached satellite tags ...

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Original member of Mississippi Court of Appeals dies

One of the original judges for the Mississippi Court of Appeals has died. WLBT-TV reports Chief Judge Billy G. Bridges died Monday at his home in Brandon. He was 85. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Ott and Lee Funeral Home in Brandon. Visitation will be Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. ...

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State’s public universities prepare workforce for ag industry

According to the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce, agriculture remains Mississippi’s number one industry, with almost 35,000 farms covering 10.4 million acres in the state. The 7.72 billion-dollar industry employs 29 percent of the state’s workforce, either directly or indirectly. The Mississippi Small Farm and Agribusiness Center (MSFAC) at Alcorn State University is meeting the managerial and mechanical needs ...

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Sanderson Farms Championship earns PGA’s “Best Charity Integration”

For the second consecutive year, the Sanderson Farms Championship, held at The Country Club of Jackson, earned the PGA Tour award for “Best Charity Integration.” The award recognizes the tournament that incorporates the tournament’s charity and theme into all facets of the event. Through onsite activation, year-round community initiatives, and title sponsor engagement, the Sanderson Farms Championship is united around ...

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Gleason appointed DBE Director

Jackson Municipal Airport Authority (JMAA) has selected New Orleans native, Bryan Gleason as Director of Disadvantage Business Enterprise (DBE). Gleason obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Grambling State University and Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Strayer University. Equipped with great attention to detail and a strong understanding of financial and contract management, Gleason has been successful in contract ...

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Renasant promotes Asters

Renasant announced the promotion of Clayton Asters to Senior Credit Underwriting Manager and Assistant Vice President at the Tupelo Main location. Asters is a graduate of Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance. He is a member of First United Methodist Church in Tupelo.

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Baker Donelson’s Health Law Group earns multiple top ten rankings

The Baker Ober Health Law Group at Baker Donelson has earned multiple honors: Baker Donelson was ranked third on the 2019 edition of Modern Healthcare’s “Largest Healthcare Law Firms.” Baker Donelson was ranked third on the American Health Lawyers Association’s “AHLA 2019 Top Honors” rankings of health law firms in the United States. Baker Donelson was recognized in the American ...

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