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Mississippi city mayor says won’t seek another term in 2020

The mayor of one Mississippi city says he will not seek a second term in 2020. Natchez Mayor Darryl Grennell made the announcement during a Christmas tree lighting ceremony Friday evening. The Natchez Democrat reports that Grennell said the ceremony was bittersweet because it was the last tree lighting he would attend as mayor. Afterward, he confirmed to the newspaper that he ...

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Wanted Mississippi murder suspect captured in California

A fugitive captured in California is being extradited back to Mississippi where he’ll be charged with first-degree murder. Hattiesburg police said in a statement they arrested 48-year-old Carzetta Myers in San Diego last week. He’ll also be charged with obstruction of justice. News outlets report Myers was wanted in connection with the September shooting of 31-year-old David Lee Bolton. Bolton was found ...

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Asian shares slip after US stock tumble amid trade tensions

Asian shares slipped Tuesday, following a drop on Wall Street amid pessimism over U.S.-China trade tensions. Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 lost 0.7% to 23,379.05. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 slid 2.0% to 6,725.30. South Korea’s Kospi declined nearly 0.5% to 2,082.45. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng fell 0.1% to 26,415.70, while the Shanghai Composite was down 0.1% at 2,872.74. Technology companies led a ...

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PSC former commissioner Cochran dies at 78

Nielsen Cochran, longtime public officeholder, has passed away at age 78. He was elected Jackson City Commissioner in 1977 and re-elected in 1981. He was elected Central District Public Service Commissioner in 1983, serving till 2007. Cochran’s brother, U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, passed away in May after 40 years in the upper chamber preceded by six years in the House ...

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Commissioners Hall, Tagert honored by Mississippi Roadbuilders Association

Central Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall and Northern Transportation Commissioner Mike Tagert were honored by the Mississippi Roadbuilders Association in Jackson. Hall and Tagert are each retiring from the Mississippi Transportation Commission. Pictured, from left, are Michael Ellis, Lehman Roberts; Tracy Clark, Riverside Traffic Systems; Terry Ausbern, Ausbern Construction Company; Dwayne Boyd, APAC Mississippi; Northern Transportation Commissioner Mike Tagert; Bob Phillips, ...

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Reunion, Inc., recognized with Madison’s first Diamond Award

Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler presented the first City Of Madison Diamond Award to Reunion, Inc. The award is designed to recognize individuals and organizations that have left their mark on Madison in a significant way. Reunion’s property development teams set aside 40 percent of Reunion’s more than 2,100 acres for a variety of family activities including sandy beaches, hiking trails, ...

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Columbus Orthopaedic becomes nationally certified in advanced total hip and knee replacement

Columbus Orthopaedic Outpatient Center has become one of only 6 facilities throughout the nation to earn The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Advanced Total Hip and Knee Replacement Certification by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient ...

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Cookie baking that started on a whim becomes a franchise chain

By JACK WEATHERLY The story of Whimsy Cookie Co. began where you might imagine – in someone’s home kitchen. Laurie Suriff began by making cookies for her husband’s clients, then for others. Then she began selling them. That’s the way things went for several years. Then, by chance, she joined forces with Leigh Anne Tuohy, whose adoptive son, Michael Oher, ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Ranking the professions

Each year the Gallup organization surveys Americans to determine how they feel about certain professions. The December 2018 survey revealed that nurses rated highest for honesty and ethics for 17th consecutive year. Members of Congress and telemarketers rated lowest. Below are the rankings for each profession. Respondents in the survey were asked the following question: Please tell me how you ...

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Stocks fall over trade tensions, weak economic reports

Stocks fell in afternoon trading Monday on Wall Street as trade tensions flared with China’s diplomatic retaliation for U.S. support of protesters in Hong Kong. The selling accelerated after the U.S. government issued weak manufacturing and construction reports. Technology stocks were the biggest drag on the market. Many of the companies in that sector rely on China for sales and ...

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