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Mississippi OB-GYN indicted on 12 sexual battery charges

An OB-GYN in Mississippi is charged with 12 counts of sexual battery after patients accused him of assaulting them in medical offices. The Commercial Appeal reports a DeSoto County grand jury indicted Dr. Gregory Norwood in March, and the indictments were made public Wednesday. Charges date from January 2016 to September 2018. Records show Norwood no longer holds a Mississippi ...

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Mississippi’s senators say award to help city buy airport

Mississippi’s senators say the City of Olive Branch has received a $14.9 million federal grant to help with the purchase of the Olive Branch Airport. U.S. Sens. Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith, in a news release Thursday, said the city will become the airfield’s primary operator. It’s been in operation since 1972, and the purchase guarantees the continued operations of ...

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DeSoto schools build expansions, expect additional growth

Mississippi’s largest school system is adding classrooms to keep up with student growth. WHBQ-TV reports that the DeSoto County school system is spending $3 million to expand or renovate four different schools. That includes classroom additions at three elementary and one middle school. The district is also completing a major renovation of Olive Branch Intermediate School. Superintendent Cory Uselton says the ...

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Tourism is economic development for DeSoto County

By JULIA MILLER Sitting right across the border from Memphis, DeSoto County Tourism is hoping to capitalize on its growth with a new marketing campaign: “South of the Ordinary.” “We have the extraordinary things to offer,” Executive Director Kim Terrell said, “We have that small town feel.” DeSoto’s tourism office created a countywide strategic plan in 2016, and at the ...

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Southaven tax could renew with a twist — a way to erase it

Mississippi lawmakers could renew Southaven’s restaurant tax this year. And, they might give local residents a way to erase it. The Commercial Appeal reports the tax has been on the books for six years. It helps pay for parks and recreation projects. The Legislature can authorize restaurant and tourism taxes when local officials request them, and the taxes typically come ...

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Mississippi on track for fall 2018 completion of I-269

Dirt and bridge work for the entire Mississippi portion of Interstate 269 is finished, and the Mississippi Department of Transportation said the project remains on track for a fall 2018 completion. Jason Scott, MDOT public information officer, tells The Commercial Appeal the next phase of work involves two paving projects, the largest of which has begun. Scott says I-269, the ...

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H & M coming to Tanger Outlets in Southaven

SOUTHAVEN — International retailer H & M has plans to open a store in the Tanger Outlets in Southaven next spring. Hennes & Mauritz AB tells The Commercial Appeal its store will encompass 26,000 square feet in the new suburban Mississippi shopping center, which is regarded as a regional destination that will attract shoppers from Memphis and Shelby County. Workers ...

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Daly’s fiancee seeks dismissal of ex-wife’s lawsuit

JACKSON — The fiancee of professional golfer John Daly is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to throw out a lawsuit that blames her for breaking up his previous marriage. In February, the Mississippi Supreme Court gave the green light to Sherrie Allison Miller to pursue damages against Anna Cladakis, claiming alienation of affection. Miller and Daly married in 2001 and ...

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Location chosen for Entergy's pilot solar project in DeSoto

HUGHES — A location has been selected for a pilot solar project in DeSoto County. The Commercial Appeal reports vacant land at the northwest corner of U.S. 61 and the North Harrah’s casino entrance will serve as one of three testing sites for widespread solar power generation. The project was announced by Entergy Mississippi, a publicly owned utility that supplies ...

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DeSoto Co. school district recommended for reaccreditation

HERNANDO — The DeSoto County school system has been recommended for reaccreditation for five years following a three-day, on-site review process by an international accrediting organization. The Commercial Appeal reports AdvancED gave an exit report to school board members this week following its seven-member team’s review. Lead evaluator Steve Oborn offered a glowing review of the district, Mississippi’s largest. “It’s ...

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