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Natchez Trace Parkway is reopening some visitor facilities

A popular recreation area that runs through three southern states is reopening more of its facilities after restricting access due to the coronavirus, federal officials said. The Natchez Trace Parkway this week is allowing some access to comfort stations along the parkway, The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reported. Capacity restrictions will be in place and social distancing guidelines must be followed, park ...

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Some projects for Mississippi district get ahead amid virus

Distance learning within a Mississippi school district has allowed construction workers to get ahead on several school renovation projects, according to the project’s manager. Vicksburg Warren School District buildings have been without students, teachers and staff since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic, The Vicksburg Post reported. Work is ahead of schedule at both high schools and two middle schools, according to Gary Bailey, ...

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Mississippi to pay $5M to settle food stamp data claims

The Mississippi Department of Human Services will pay $5 million to the federal government to settle claims that it manipulated reporting within a food assistance program and received undeserved performance bonuses. The settlement announced Monday stems from allegations that Julie Osnes Consulting, LLC, gave the state recommendations which injected bias into its federal reporting for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, ...

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Mississippi to name nursing homes with COVID-19 outbreaks

State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Hobbs speaks at a Senate hearing on healthcare, Tuesday, May 12, 2020, at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. He outlined Mississippi COVID-19 cases and deaths by race and ethnicity, and presented a CARES Act funding request before the lawmakers who are members from the Senate Medicaid and Public Health and Welfare committees. The legislators also ...

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Forrest General names DAISY Award winner for May

A member of the medical profession for 18 years, Brandy Bruce, an RN at Forrest General Hospital, said it was taking care of patients that brought her to radiology after stints in both critical care and surgery. On Thursday, Brandy Bruce, a medical professional for 18 years and an RN at Forrest General Hospital, has been recognized as the hospital’s second ...

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Business and innovation leader named director of MSU Advanced Composites Institute

Christopher Bounds, a polymer scientist with extensive training and experience in business, marketing, leadership and innovation, is the new director of Mississippi State’s Advanced Composites Institute. The unit is part of MSU’s Raspet Flight Research Laboratory, the nation’s leading academic research institute dedicated exclusively to the advancement of Unmanned Aircraft Systems. Bounds joins MSU from Albemarle Corp., headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., where ...

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Southern AgCredit Promotes Three Associates Within the Co-op

Southern AgCredit recently promoted three employees. Amanda Hudson was promoted to vice president of operations in the Ridgeland administrative office. Hudson holds a bachelor’s degree and a Master of Agribusiness Management from Mississippi State University. She is also a graduate of the inaugural class of the Thad Cochran Agricultural Leadership Program. Hudson joined Southern AgCredit in 2006 as a loan officer. ...

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TODD SMITH — Influencer marketing is a great communications tool in today’s world

Influencer marketing has experienced explosive growth in recent years. Previous projections had it estimated to become a $15 billion market by 2022, and that was before the rapid rise of TikTok and content creation under quarantine.   However, alongside this growth have been increasingly bleak headlines: The influencer marketing bubble is set to burst, influence is phony and influencer fraud is costing companies more than ...

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Hotelier Chawla looking to a brighter future

Police matter, dissolution of alliance with Trump organization behind him   By JACK WEATHERLY Dinesh Chawla is looking to the future. Not the recent past. That is understandable, given the turn of events in the past year for the man who is looking forward to the opening of the Lyric Hotel in Cleveland. The luxury hotel, which will be a ...

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George A. Gammon, III joins the Citizens Bank as Metro Jackson President

The Citizens Bank has announced that George A. Gammon, III has joined the bank and will serve as Metro Jackson President. Gammon has 30 years of banking experience and prior to joining the bank he previously served as Regional Executive and Metro Jackson President at State Bank & Trust Company. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the ...

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