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Study looks at forest 'business clusters'

STARKVILLE — As links in a chain provide support and stability, so can “business clusters” for the forest products industry, according to a new report by Mississippi State University’s (MSU’s) Forest and Wildlife Research Center. Funded by the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities Inc., the recent university study found that business clustering can provide competitive advantages and build business ...

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SBA ranks Regions high

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — For the sixth consecutive year, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) ranked Regions Financial Corporation (NYSE: RF) third among large U.S. banks in an annual study measuring banks’ emphasis on lending to small businesses. And, the bank rates second in the Magnolia State. According to the SBA’s Office of Advocacy report, “Small Business and Micro Business Lending ...

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New river bridge nears completion

GREENVILLE — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has released an update on the new Mississippi River bridge under construction at Greenville. The new bridge could see traffic as early as this summer. Contractor Massman/Traylor Bros. has completed the main span of the four-lane cable-stayed structure. This $110 million project began in December 2001 and has been completed and released ...

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Chinese buy Themis system

HANCOCK COUNTY — Themis Vision Systems is making history this year with the installation of its first system in China. Terms were not disclosed. The UV Hyperspectral Imaging System will be used for forensics purposes by the top forensics institute in China, No. 2 Institute in Beijing. The system will be used to help with studies in forensic science including ...

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OSH to offer SpyGlass

OCEAN SPRINGS — Singing River Health System is expanding its services by adding the SpyGlass Direct Visualization System at Ocean Springs Hospital (OSH). According to Singing River, it will be the only health system in the state to offer the system. Dr. John McKee, gastroenterologist, and his therapeutic endoscopy team at OSH use SpyGlass System to diagnose and treat diseases ...

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FEMA releases Katrina funds

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — FEMA has released over $13 million in federal grants for the State of Mississippi associated with Hurricane Katrina. Funds have been awarded to the following areas: • City of D’Iberville — approximately $1.167 million for restoration of public utilities • Bay St. Louis School District — approximately $3.536 million for relocation of North Bay Elementary • ...

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DSU, city look to strengthen bonds

CLEVELAND — Recognizing a long history of positive “town-gown” relations and recent questions raised by some in the community, Cleveland Mayor-elect, Billy Nowell and Delta State University (DSU) president John Hilpert announced they will name an ad hoc committee to discuss ways the relationship can be enhanced. Dr. Kent Wyatt, president emeritus of DSU, has agreed to chair the committee. ...

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Swine flu cases hit 65

JACKSON — A case of Swine Flu has been identified and confirmed in a Pre-Kindergarten student at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School In Jackson. Officials with the school have contacted parents with children attending camp there this week that they can come and collect their children. Officials said all protective measures are being taken to guard against the transfer of the ...

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Quest named agency of record

COLUMBUS — Eat With Us Group and Sweet Peppers Deli Franchise Systems have named Quest Group as agency of record for their advertising and marketing needs. The Eat With Us Group includes Harveys, Fairpark Grill, Jackson Square Grill, Cotton District Grill, Bulldog Deli and Park Heights restaurants in Tupelo, Columbus and Starkville. “We are very pleased and excited to have ...

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Cellular South Gameplan achieves milestone

Cellular South announced its Cellular South Gameplan program and the State of Mississippi has reached a milestone. All 12 of the state’s top football prospects met initial NCAA requirements for the first time and will be attending college next fall. The Cellular South Gameplan has helped more than 35 of Mississippi’s most promising athletes of 2009 meet NCAA Division 1 ...

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