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Q&A: David Barrentine, Region president at BancorpSouth

Confidence is improving Barrentine takes a look at our complex economy As the region president at BancorpSouth, the largest Mississippi-based bank, David Barrentine has a large responsibility toward his bank and the community during these troubled economic times. Barrentine recently sat down with the Mississippi Business Journal to explain some of the complicated issues of the day and to share ...

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Workers eligible for assistance

VERONA — The U.S. Department of Labor announced that almost 2,000 workers in auto-related industries in Michigan, Indiana, South Carolina and Mississippi are eligible to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance. Approximately 75 workers at Foamade Industries Inc.’s Verona site, are eligible. Workers covered by these certifications will be contacted by the state with instructions on how to apply for individual ...

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The First sees poorer quarter

HATTIESBURG — The First Bancshares Inc., holding company for The First, A National Banking Association, reported earnings for the three months ended June 30, 2009, amounted to $104,000, or $0.03 per diluted share, compared to $339,000, or $0.11 per diluted share, for the same quarter in 2008. David E. Johnson, The First chairman and CEO, said, “In light of the ...

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Senate passes agriculture, FDA bill

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The FY2010 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration Appropriations Bill (HR.2997) has been approved by an 80-17 vote in the U.S. Senate. As a member of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) will now serve on a joint conference committee to reconcile differences in the House and Senate-passed versions of the bill. The ...

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DMR seeking public comment on CIAP

BILOXI — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (DMR) is proposing the addition of seven projects to the Mississippi Coastal Impact Assistance Program (CIAP) Plan. DMR is seeking public input before the revised plan is submitted for federal approval. The state CIAP Plan was approved in Feb. 2009 by the U.S. Department of Interior’s Minerals Management Service (MMS) and included ...

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Prime Outlets report record crowds

GULFPORT — Regional shopping destination Prime Outlets–Gulfport reports it experienced a record increase in shopper traffic during Mississippi’s first-ever Tax Free Holiday July 31-Aug. 1. According to Prime Outlets – Gulfport representatives, as the center’s collection of leading designer and brand-name stores including J.Crew, Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and Nike began opening their doors Friday morning, customers filed into ...

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Singing River helps land loans

LUCEDALE — Singing River Electric has presented $1.1 million in zero-interest loans by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Business Service to Jones County Junior College (JCJC) and a $740,000 zero-interest loan to Mississippi Export Railroad for a project in Jackson County. JCJC will use the $1.1 million to construct a 15,800-square-foot Learning Center adjacent to the Greene County Vo-Tech ...

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Carnegie, MAC 'LinkUP!'

JACKSON — Through Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI) Communities LinkUP! Program, the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC) is partnering with Mississippi’s symphony orchestras to bring students an opportunity to study orchestral music and to perform with the orchestra. The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, the Meridian Symphony Orchestra and the Mississippi Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra are currently participating in ...

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MPSC commissioners at odds

JACKSON — The Mississippi Public Service Commission (MPSC) declared its intent to consider the adoption of additional and/or amended rules under their jurisdiction, more specifically a “Ratepayers’ Bill of Rights,” though the decision made one commissioner unhappy. Northern District Commissioner Brandon Presley asked for a full vote on a Mississippi Ratepayers’ Bill of Rights, which he proposed in February. However, ...

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Veteran's cemetery getting federal funds

NEWTON — U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper (R–Miss.) announced $6.9 million in funding to establish the Mississippi Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Newton. The grant, issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs, will reimburse the state 100 percent for the cost associated with the construction of phase one of the three-phase development. “The Department of Veterans Affairs Grant Award for construction of ...

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