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Flood control district will stop collecting taxes for now

A north Mississippi flood control district will stop collecting property taxes while it seeks to resolve claims that board members illegally paid themselves more than $350,000. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the Town Creek Master Water Management District filed an agreement in court last week to temporarily halt tax collections. State Auditor Shad White found in March that district ...

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Pleasant joins Phi Theta Kappa as advancement services specialist

Harmonese Pleasant has joined Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) as an advancement services specialist in the Ph Theta Kappa Foundation. The Phi Theta Kappa Foundation secures the resources to support the values, vision, and priorities of Phi Theta Kappa. Pleasant will develop and maintain relationships with alumni, donors, and partners; process and acknowledge gifts and donations received by the ...

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Forrest General announces annual employee awards

Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg presented annual awards for top employees, leadership and physicians. Employee of the Year: Shirley Carter, Family Medicine Residency Clinic/Employee Health Services. We C.A.R.E. Awards: Tina Bolton, dietetic aide, Food and Nutrition; Samantha Clark, PharmD, Pharmacy; Patricia Clinton, RN, ESN, CMSRN, Wound Care; Teresa Dueitt, ACNP, Palliative and Supportive Care. We C.A.R.E. Physician Award: Andrew Queler, ...

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Bradley selects first BYC Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship Program participants

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP  is pleased to announce that University of Mississippi School of Law (Ole Miss Law) first-year students Brittney N. Jackson and Allison E. Payne have been selected as the first Bessie Young Council (BYC) Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship Program participants at the firm. Jackson and Payne will work as Bradley winter associates Dec. 16-20 in the ...

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Golding Barge Line upping its Vicksburg stakes by $20M

» New boats, barges and hires coming to family-owned company By TED CARTER Sustained growth in moving both raw crude oil and refined petroleum along America’s inland waterways has led Vicksburg’s Golding Barge Line to invest $20 million in new boats, barges and vessel hands. The investment is expected to gain Golding Barge Line 25 workers. Some will work from ...

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Vicksburg giving port infrastructure close look

» Port Commission helping inland shippers hire, train worker By TED CARTER An infrastructure analysis expected to be finished in February will set a course for the City of Vicksburg’s future in the Mississippi River maritime business – and perhaps as home to an entirely new port. While the $240,000 study by Atlanta’s Jacobs Engineering Group will also look at ...

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State’s largest industry, agriculture, reaches $7.4B

By NATHAN GREGORY / MSU Extension Service In 2019, Mississippi’s agricultural industry faced the prospect of dipping below $7 billion for the first time in eight years, but federal payments pushed its value up enough to post a slight gain over 2018. The estimated value of Mississippi agriculture in 2019 is $7.39 billion, a 0.2% gain from last year’s $7.37 ...

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Teachers, staff get bonuses as 2 Columbus schools improve

Teachers and staff at two northern Mississippi schools are receiving more than $370,000 in bonuses because their schools have improved under a state grading system. Columbus Municipal School District trustees voted in 2018 to adopt a Teacher Incentive Pay Plan to provide bonuses for faculty and staff members of improving and high-performing schools. The plan also includes bonus incentives for ...

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Biloxi gets more time on grant to renovate downtown theater

A city on the Mississippi Gulf Coast is getting more time to repair and renovate a downtown theater that hosts musicals and other productions. Biloxi’s Saenger Theatre is temporarily closed for the $2.3 million project. A grant from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History required that the work be done by the end of this year, WLOX-TV reported. The department has ...

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Judge suspended after complaint that he slapped clerk’s hand

A south Mississippi judge has been suspended after complaints that he pushed a court clerk and slapped her hand. Jefferson County Justice Court Judge Wendell Williams also acted “impatient, rude and threatening” toward court staff and people in the courtroom, according to complaints filed with the Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance. The state Supreme Court handed down an order Dec. 12 suspending ...

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