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Booth joins Mississippi Forestry Commission

Misty Booth has joined the Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC) as the new Urban Forestry Coordinator, announced Russell Bozeman, MFC State Forester. As the Urban Forestry Coordinator, Booth will oversee the agency’s urban forestry program, including administration of the Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Grant Program and the Tree City USA® program in Mississippi. Booth will also assist cities and private ...

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Mississippi Forestry Commission names new Director of Information and Outreach

Jason Scott has joined the Mississippi Forestry Commission as the new Director of Information and Outreach. Scott is a 2004 graduate of Mississippi State University with a bachelor’s degree in communication. Formerly the public information manager for the Mississippi Department of Transportation, Scott’s career includes work with the Mississippi State University Foundation and the Mississippi State University Extension Service. Originally ...

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Giachelli Named Mississippi Forestry Commission Fire Chief

Randy Giachelli was recently named new Fire Chief for the Mississippi Forestry Commission. Giachelli began his career with the agency as a Forestry Technician before moving to Assistant Regional Forester, Region 3. Giachelli has served on multiple federal detail deployments as a single-resource. Some of his job titles on federal detail have included Crew Boss, Heavy Equipment Boss, Engine Boss, ...

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Farmers ask questions, get answers in wake of tornadoes

LOUISVILLE — More than 70 individuals who suffered losses from the April 28 tornadoes visited the state’s first Agriculture Disaster Center May 15 at the Mississippi State University Extension Service office in Louisville. Representatives from the Mississippi Board of Animal Health, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Farm Service Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Administration and the Federal Emergency Management ...

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Coast man pleads guilty to 16th Section timber theft

SAUCIER — Following an investigation by the Secretary of State’s Office, the Department of Agriculture and the Mississippi Forestry Commission, 54-year-old Harold Edwin Simmons of Saucier has pled guilty to three counts of felony timber theft. Simmons was accused of stealing approximately $250,000 worth of timber harvested from three separate 16th Section land sites in Pearl River County. “Stealing timber ...

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Hearings at end, lawmakers start to craft budget

JACKSON — Now that budget hearings are over, Mississippi lawmakers face a long process of deciding how to spend tax dollars for fiscal 2015, which begins July 1. The 14 members of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee held four days of public hearings last week and quizzed agency leaders about how money is already being spent on programs large and ...

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Officials looking more closely at state agency budgets

JACKSON — Leaders of Mississippi government agencies are facing scrutiny about everything from office space to travel expenses as they request money for fiscal 2015, which begins July 1. The 14-member Joint Legislative Budget Committee started annual hearings yesterday — the first step in a lengthy process of deciding how to divvy up state tax dollars for everything from schools ...

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MASBO recognizes Halliwell

Sandy Halliwell, the Clinton Public School District’s finance director, is the Mississippi Association of School Business Officials – 2012 Outstanding Business Officer. She was notified of the award in a surprise presentation at the MASBO conference in Jackson. The district has gotten a clean audit report every year since Halliwell began serving as finance director in 2001. She has also ...

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Ratcliff reaches career goal

J. Tedrick Ratcliff Jr. has been named the executive vice president of the 73-year-old Mississippi Forestry Association. Ratcliff, a native of Brookhaven, currently serves as admissions coordinator/recruiter of the Colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences & Forest Resources at Mississippi State University. When Ratcliff won the Outstanding Youth Forestry Achievement Award given annually by the Mississippi Forestry Association he publicly ...

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Wildfire!

Drought turns state into kindling For the second time this year, state officials are in a high state of alert due to a spate of wildfires statewide. Wildfires have already claimed property across the state, but unlike the oil spill, have also already threatened lives. And, the drought conditions fostering the threat could have an impact that will be felt ...

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