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TEC promotes Stephens

Tyler Stephens has been appointed Technician at TEC in Bay Springs. In this role, Stephens will be responsible for the installation and repair of company products and services. Stephens lives in Laurel with his wife, Candace and child, Presley.

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New group seeks to raise awareness of cybersecurity at top levels

By LISA MONTI A new coalition of top Mississippi public and private sector leaders wants to raise awareness of cybersecurity implications, issues and the growing threats to businesses and government agencies as well as economic opportunities. The Department of Information Technology Services hosted the Mississippi Executive Alliance for Cybersecurity (MEAC) held its first quarterly meeting recently in Jackson. Craig Oregon, ITS ...

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Automotive conference puts state in forefront

By LISA MONTI The Mississippi Automotive Manufacturers Association is hosting the annual Southern Automotive Conference Oct. 5-7 at Beau Rivage in Biloxi. MAMA Executive Director Don Stoegbauer said the conference will be an opportunity to put the state group “front and center” among fellow automaker groups from Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia and South Carolina. About 650 participants are expected to attend, up ...

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TODD SMITH — Social media overtakes TV as main source of news for millennials

The 18-24 crowd (younger Millennials) has used the internet as its primary source for news for several years. Now it is specifying “social media” as its main source of news, with that niche overtaking television for the first time. The information comes from a study done by The Oxford University Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. It looked at ...

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7 people sentenced for online fraud scam

A 70-year-old Mississippi woman is among seven people sentenced for their roles in an online fraud scheme involving counterfeit checks, mystery shopper websites and work-from-home scams. The U.S. Department of Justice said Thursday that Ann Louise Franzen, of Kiln, and four others pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit identity theft and theft of government property. U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola ...

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The ‘Blue Economy’ to get a boost with $10M Marine Science Facility at Port of Gulfport

By BECKY GILLETTE GULFPORT — It has been estimated that 35 percent of the Coast’s economy is based on maritime businesses like shipbuilding, transportation, fishing and tourism. And now what has been dubbed the “Blue Economy” will get another boost with the construction of a new $10-million Marine Science Facility that will be built by the Port of Gulfport for the University of ...

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Makers of cookies and coaxial cable among export award winners

By JACK WEATHERLY  Flathau’s Fine Foods’ exports of its cookies and cheese straws are growing at between 5 percent and 10 percent a year. Chile is the Petal-based company’s biggest overseas customer, according to founder Jeff Flathau. It was one of six Mississippi companies recognized for achievements at the Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Exporting Aug. 26 at the Jackson ...

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Synergetics adds 3 to team

Synergetics, a provider of technology solutions for education, government and business, has hired three new employees. Logan Box is an interactive technology technician. Mike Fuller a sales account manager for client sales in Alabama and Florida. Shelby Pace is an inside sales account manager and will support the sales team and customers. Box has six years of service and network ...

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CONSTRUCTION: Building an electric career with a 5-year training plan

By LISA MONTI Twenty-nine apprentices selected for the Jackson Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee program attended their first class Aug. 15. “Hopefully, five years from now we will have all 29 finishing the program,” said Jim Stephens, the training director for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers or IBEW. The new trainees are among 90 apprentices taking part in ...

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