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Sheriff: Man did wheelies in chase that ended in fatal crash

A man who a Mississippi sheriff says was performing wheelies on his motorcycle during a chase has died after a crash. News outlets report 29-year-old Joel Davis Jr. crashed his sports bike Wednesday afternoon in Monroe County, southeast of Tupelo. Itawamba County Sheriff Chris Dickinson says one of his deputies was trying to pull Davis over for speeding. Dickinson says ...

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Mississippi sheriff who lost primary resigns amid inquiry

A northeast Mississippi sheriff unseated in the Democratic primary election earlier this month has resigned abruptly, amid an investigation by the state auditor’s office. Also, a day after Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell resigned on Tuesday, Republican Andy Hood quit the race Wednesday, leaving Democratic nominee Kevin Crook unopposed for sheriff in the November general election. Local news outlets report ...

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True Temper Sports rebrands, unifies as TRUE Sports, Inc.

For the Monroe Journal AMORY – True Temper Sports, a sporting goods manufacturer with a legacy of over 100 years of providing premium performance equipment to professional and amateur athletes alike, is unifying its breadth of products under one name, TRUE Sports. True Temper built its reputation by manufacturing elite golf shafts used by top professional golfers around the world, ...

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Town’s deputy marshal resigns amid fight investigation

A deputy marshal in a Mississippi town has resigned amid an investigation into a fight after a police chase. The Commercial Dispatch reports Caledonia aldermen accepted Lance Luckey’s resignation Thursday. Luckey remains a Columbus police officer. He had worked part-time with the Caledonia marshal’s office for 12 years and was involved in a fight May 11 between officers from Caledonia, ...

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NauticStar Boats acquired for nearly $80M

NauticStar Boats, founded in Amory 15 years ago, has been acquired by MasterCraft for $79.8 million, the companies announced Monday. NauticStar manufactures and distributes 18- to 28-foot, bay boats, deck boats and offshore center console boats. NauticStar owner and founder Phillip M. Faulkner said “MasterCraft is an iconic brand known for quality, performance and innovation. Our entire organization is excited ...

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Amory Main Street gains momentum with new businesses

By JOHN H. WARD / Monroe Journal AMORY – Amory Main Street Director Traci Huguley is pursuing a formula she heard promoted at a statewide conference for downtown business development. “They called it 10 plus 10 plus 10,” Huguley said. “Ten businesses providing food, 10 selling domestics and 10 staying open late, all located within three blocks of each other ...

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Iconic Aberdeen businessman passes away

By RAY VAN DUSEN / Monroe Journal For the majority of Aberdeen’s history, Lann Hardware has been a downtown institution. On June 23, a longstanding rock in the business’ namesake, Walter Lann Jr., died. “He was the foundation of Main Street. I went to him for advice and vision. He had such a heart for it,” said Aberdeen Main Street ...

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Jobs coming to Mississippi, furniture company expands

WREN — United Furniture Industries is moving its distribution operations to the former Lane Furniture Industries distribution facility in Wren. The company says 50 employees will be hired in Wren while another 50 will be hired at United’s factories in Amory, Nettleton and Okolona. Tuesday’s announcement comes five months after United opened a new manufacturing plant in Verona. The facility ...

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Possible tornado hits Monroe County, no deaths reported

AMORY — Trees and buildings are damaged in Monroe County after a possible tornado hit Amory and Smithville. Monroe County Emergency Management Agency Director Robert “Bunky” Goza says no deaths or injuries were reported from the storm, which hit about 9 a.m. Monday. Goza says tree damage is widespread in central Amory, with power out. Harbormaster Scott Cox says trees ...

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Monroe County mining firm paying $50,000 environmental fine

ABERDEEN — An Aberdeen company that mines and processed bentonite is paying a $50,000 fine for failing to keep accurate records and test smokestack emissions. S&B Industrial Minerals North America, part of a company based in Luxembourg, agreed to pay the fine to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. A March 10 order from the department says S&B didn’t keep ...

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