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Mississippi National Guard construction unit heads to Kuwait

About 160 Mississippi National Guard soldiers are headed to the Middle East for nearly a year. The city of Pascagoula held a sendoff Saturday for the 859th Engineer Company. The unit is headed first to Fort Bliss, Texas, for training. After that, National Guard spokesman Daniel Szarek says, the unit will head to Kuwait for nine months. The group includes ...

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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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Subscription services make life easier, but costs can add up

Sure it’s nice to have your groceries delivered now and then. Ditto dinner. Want to stream your favorite movies? Why not. Curated clothes and books sent to your home? Yes please. But too much convenience can cost you. “It’s very easy for consumers to lose track of what they are purchasing,” said Kate Ryan, a director with TIAA Financial Solutions. ...

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No arrest for first-time weed possession in Hattiesburg

The Hattiesburg City Council says it won’t arrest first-time offenders in possession of an ounce or less of marijuana. News outlets report Hattiesburg City Council unanimously passed the regulation Tuesday, saying first-time offenders will receive a citation instead of jail time.Marijuana remains illegal in Mississippi, but Mayor Toby Barker says this ordnance helps modernize the city’s approach to drug policy. ...

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Aerial photos help census officials pinpoint faraway people

The U.S. Census Bureau is using new high-tech tools to help get an accurate population count next year as its faces challenges tallying people of color who live in remote places and can be wary of the federal government. The agency is using aerial images of rural communities and hard-to-reach areas to verify addresses and determine where to send workers ...

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Analysis: Views starkly differ on Mississippi prison’s state

A federal judge sat through a monthlong trial last year over conditions at a privately run Mississippi prison, but that wasn’t enough for him to make a decision on whether conditions are unconstitutional. Now Senior U.S. District Judge William Barbour has dueling 80-page briefs to consider as he tries to decide whether East Mississippi Correctional Facility is excessively harsh, as ...

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Ole Miss grad from Hattiesburg wins Miss Mississippi title

An Ole Miss graduate who promoted organ donation has won the Miss Mississippi competition. During a ceremony Saturday night in Vicksburg, local media report that Miss Riverbend Mary Margaret Hyer was crowned 2019 Miss Mississippi. This was her third time competing for the crown. Her social impact statement promoted organ donation. During the talent phase of the competition she sang ...

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Mississippi school district could shorten summer break

A second Mississippi school district is considering a shorter summer break with longer breaks during the school year. The Oxford school district is considering the change as part of its designation by the state as a district of innovation. The Oxford Eagle reports that the district proposes a shift to a different calendar in the 2022-23 school year. Superintendent Brian ...

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Mississippi Ag Museum continues recovery from 2014 fire

A new exhibit barn has opened at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum, years after a fire damaged some buildings. The state agriculture commissioner, Andy Gipson, opened the barn and a maintenance shop Friday at the museum in Jackson. The barn has more than 5,000 square feet (465 square meters) of heavy timber construction exhibit space. Ten antique tractors and ...

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Official fell behind on property tax payments after tornado

A county supervisor in Mississippi says he fell behind on property tax payments after his business was damaged by a tornado. Forrest County Supervisor Burkett Ross is part owner of Southern Lanes bowling alley in Petal and the former skating rink next door. He tells the Hattiesburg American that the bowling alley was closed for more than 100 days after ...

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