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Entergy Mississippi acquires Choctaw County generating station

Entergy Mississippi, LLC has closed its purchase of the 810-megawatt Choctaw County Generating Station. The transaction represents a major step toward modernizing the electric grid and providing additional efficient, clean energy for customers. Located near French Camp, Mississippi, the Choctaw County Generating Station entered commercial operation in July 2003. It is a clean and modern combined-cycle natural gas turbine unit, ...

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FRANK BROWN — Mississippi 100 about how we are doing as a state

It started as a routine call, one of many I make while researching the MBJ’s annual Mississippi 100, a ranking by revenue of the top private companies in the state. But after pleasantly updating his company data, Bob Dunlap, CEO of Dunlap & Kyle, Inc., in Batesville, flipped the script: “So, how is Mississippi doing this year?” he asked. I’ve ...

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SUPER SIX — Mississippi’s companies offer an array of services

By LYNN LOFTON The top six companies — the Super Six — on the list of Mississippi’s Top 100 private companies are a diverse group. The sectors represented include petroleum refining and distributing, banking, construction, tire services and insurance. The top six are Ergon, BancPlus Corporation/BankPlus, the Yates Companyies, Southern Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance, Southern Tire Mart and Southern Farm ...

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TOP 100 — C Spire nears completions of 5G work

By NASH NUNNERY Mississippi-made C Spire, the nation’s largest privately owned mobile services firm, is in the final stages of completing work for the company’s transition to 5G. C Spire announced last month that home and business customers are already experiencing a 15 to 20 percent improvement in mobile broadband speeds based on upgrades to software and the installation of ...

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TOP 100 — Yak Access culture stems from its roots

By NASH NUNNERY English poet and playwright William Shakespeare once famously wrote, “What’s in a name?” At Yak Access, the company name says it all. “A lot of people wonder why we are called ‘Yak Access’,” said Kathy Hopper, the company’s director of marketing. “Yaks are strong and dependable animals that travel in herds, carrying heavy loads through tough terrain ...

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Progress being made at state’s mental health facilities

By LYNN LOFTON The state’s mental health system is complex and serves not only people who have a mental illness, but also those with intellectual and developmental disabilities and substance use disorders. Strides have been made over the past several years to strengthen the mental health care system to meet residents’ needs. “The progress that has been made and the ...

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Physician assistants playing increasingly important role in Mississippi health care

By BECKY GILLETTE Mississippi ranks as having the worst physician shortage in the country. One way to help meet that gap is the use of “physician extenders” like advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) and physician assistants (PA). Mississippi was the last state in the country to allow PAs to practice. The state’s first training program was launched at Mississippi College ...

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Mississippi State to launch first public university physician assistant program

By BECKY GILLETTE The first physician assistant training program at a public university in Mississippi is scheduled to begin no later than January 2021. “The Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program, housed on Mississippi State University’s Riley Campus in Meridian, will prepare clinical practitioners to meet critical needs in rural healthcare,” said Sid Salter, chief communications officer for MSU. “The ...

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Tupelo dog hotel listed as top hotel for dogs

TUPELO – Macy’s Townhouse in Tupelo has been named as one of the best hotels for dogs in America, according to the Dog Hotel Critic. The dog hotel was among five currently open and one upcoming dog hotel on the list and was praised for “The small townhouse atmosphere, the George Smith mohair sofas, the arrangement of suites, the 24-hour ...

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Mississippi ranks number one for score gains on National Assessment of Educational Progress

By BLAKE ALSUP / Daily Journal Mississippi ranked number one in the nation for score gains in reading and mathematics on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as the Nation’s Report Card, in 2019. Fourth grade students made the largest score gains from 2017 to 2019 in reading and mathematics while eighth grade students outpaced the nation ...

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