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Chaney appointed to bench

VICKSBURG — Gov. Haley Barbour announced M. James Chaney Jr. of Vicksburg would be his appointee to the Ninth Circuit Court Judge position. Chaney will serve the unexpired term of Judge Frank Vollor, who retired May 31. Chaney’s term will end Jan. 3, 2011. Chaney is a partner in the Vicksburg law firm of Teller, Chaney, Hassell & Hopson, LLP, ...

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Cellular South: Ready for storms

RIDGELAND — With the 2009 hurricane season right around the corner, Cellular South has taken steps to bolster its network and mobilize its employees to protect against a major storm-caused disaster. “Our preparations are designed to give customers maximum reliability from their wireless phones at the time of greatest need,” said Trey Howard, director of network operations for Cellular South. ...

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Hinchman officially in at Callon

NATCHEZ — Steven B. Hinchman has been confirmed as executive vice president and COO of Callon Petroleum Company, and begins his service with the company effective today. His appointment had been announced in a previous news release April 30. In addition to his annual salary and potential annual cash bonus incentive, as inducement for employment, the company granted awards to ...

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Gulfport-Biloxi getting Atlanta flights

GULFPORT — A public charter airline company will begin operating nonstop flights three days a week between Atlanta and Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport July 8, the AP reports. Airport officials announced the new service operated by Southern Skyways in a news release June 1. The flights will be a partnership among Southern Skyways, which is operated by Atlanta-based Aviation Advantage Inc., ...

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Hosemann disappointed in voter turnout

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann is urging all Mississippians to head to the polls today after preliminary numbers show voter turnout during the recent municipal primary elections was low. “I am very disappointed in the low number of Mississippians who cast their ballot in the municipal primary,” said Hosemann. He said preliminary numbers “show less than one ...

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PSC meetings going live on Internet

JACKSON — The Mississippi Public Service Commission (PSC) will begin broadcasting its monthly hearings live on the Internet beginning tomorrow. Tomorrow’s meeting will begin at 10 a.m., and can be accessed at www.psc.state.ms.us. Northern District public service commissioner Brandon Presley introduced the proposal for the live PSC hearings in December 2008. “The public is able to get a much clearer ...

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EastGroup enters Las Vegas

JACKSON — EastGroup Properties has acquired the Arville Distribution Center in Las Vegas, Nev., for a purchase price of $11.05 million. The purchase represents EastGroup’s entry in the Las Vegas market. Arville, which was constructed in 1997, is a two-building, business distribution complex containing 142,000 square feet and is located in the southwest submarket of the city. It is 77 ...

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Hotel completes eco-friendly improvements

RIDGELAND — The partners and staff of MMI Hotel Group will celebrate the completion of eco-friendly renovations to the Cabot Lodge Jackson North property with a grand re-opening June 23, and a month-long Summer Arts Series showcasing work from Mississippi artists. The grand re-opening will take place in the Cabot Lodge Jackson North great room, located at 120 Dyess Road ...

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Barbour may not call special session

JACKSON — At a press conference this afternoon, Gov. Haley Barbour said if House and Senate negotiators can not reach an agreement on the state’s budget by Wednesday when legislators return to the Capitol, he will call a special session only when an accord has been struck or when one is eminent. The twice-extended 2009 regular session is scheduled to ...

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IHL to narrow candidates

JACKSON — The Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) will meet via teleconference at 1 p.m. tomorrow to determine the preferred candidate for both the position of chancellor of the University of Mississippi and commissioner of higher education. The public may attend the meeting in the IHL Board Room in the Universities Center on Ridgewood Road ...

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