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New trial set for Mississippi man in killing of 2-year-old

A Mississippi man faces a new trial in the killing of his girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter. WDAM-TV reports the retrial of Justin Blakeney is set for September in Neshoba County. Circuit Court Judge Dal Williamson approved attorneys’ request for the trial to be moved from Jones County, where Victoria Viner was killed in 2010. She was the daughter of Lidia Viner, ...

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Weyerhaeuser moving ahead with a $57 million expansion

PHILADELPHIA — One of the largest employers in Philadelphia and Neshoba County is moving ahead with a $57 million expansion. Expanding and modernizing Weyerhaeuser’s Philadelphia lumber mill is expected to take 10 months, The Meridian Star reports. Company spokesman Monte Simpson said the mill has about 180 workers. He said construction is well underway. Improvements include a new sorting and ...

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County hit by employee insurance premium hike

PHILADELPHIA — Neshoba County may have to absorb an $80,000 increase in health insurance premiums for employees. The Neshoba Democrat reported the 10-percent rate increase is projected for the new year as the Board of Supervisors works to put together a fiscal year 2014 budget. The increase would go into effect on Oct. 1 if the county renews its current ...

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Chief Phyllis making a difference

On October 2011, Phyllis J. Anderson took over as the first woman in history to serve as chief of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians in Neshoba County. It was a turbulent time with controversy over some of the tribe’s gaming operations, and an FBI raid that was followed by the resignation of the Price Waterhouse Coopers, the financial firm ...

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Klansman Edgar Ray Killen says he didn't sign over land

JACKSON — Reputed Ku Klux Klansman Edgar Ray Killen claims in new court documents that he didn’t sign over power of attorney or ownership of 40 acres of land to a black former prisoner. James Stern served time with Killen at a Mississippi prison. He claims Killen, who is serving a 60-year sentence for civil rights-era killings, signed over to ...

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Education meets exposure — Millsaps partners with MBCI for entrepreneurial camp

“Marketing creates value,” Dr. Penny Prenshaw told a group of 12 Choctaw Indian high school students on the campus of Millsaps College last week. That was the primary lesson Prenshaw wanted to pass along during one of the sessions that made up the on-campus portion of the Youth Entrepreneurial Summer Camp offered by the Else School of Management at Millsaps. ...

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