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Nationwide asking to raise premiums

JACKSON — The insurance firm Nationwide has proposed a 11.7 percent increase in homeowner insurance premiums statewide, according to The Associated Press. Company spokeswoman Nancy Smeltzer tells The Sun Herald that rates are based on five years of loss, premium and expense data. Nationwide, based in Columbus, Ohio, has received three increases since 2006. The company’s most recent request was ...

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Diver's D/Lyte gets 'seed' funds

RIDGELAND — Mississippi Technology Alliance (MTA) president and CEO Tony Jeff announced that Diver’s DLyte is latest the recipient of a $10,000 Proof of Concept award from the Mississippi Seed Fund. Diver’s DLyte is a Ridgeland-based start-up company that developed a proprietary performance energy drink that protects scuba divers from decompression sickness. Diver’s DLyte used the funds to demonstrate the ...

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MDOT to hold I-69 meetings

NORTHWEST MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT), in cooperation with local governments, will host two public meetings Jan. 25 to discuss high-capacity transit service along the Interstate 69 (I-69) corridor from DeSoto and Tunica counties in Northwest Mississippi to the Memphis Central Business District. The upcoming meetings are the first in a series of public meetings scheduled for ...

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DMR to hold public meeting on pathway

BILOXI — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (DMR) will hold a public hearing on an application filed by the City of Ocean Springs requesting authorization for the construction of a pedestrian pathway adjacent to East Beach Drive. The public hearing will be held Feb. 3 at 6 p.m. at the Bolton Building in Biloxi. The City of Ocean Springs ...

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Seven candidates in running for Senate

JACKSON — The qualifying deadline for the special election for Senate District 36 has expired. The following candidates filed qualifying papers with the Office of the Secretary of State: Albert Butler, Port Gibson; Jerry L. Cain Sr., Fayette; Elvis E. Colenberg, Fayette; Kenneth H. Ramsey, Hazlehurst; Jimmy D. Strong, Utica; Ken Dale Sullivan, Wesson; and, Jazma Wheeler, Crystal Springs The ...

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Granite to take out old river bridge

GREENVILLE — According to Granite Construction Inc., Granite Construction Company has been awarded a $22.4-million contract by the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) for the demolition of the U.S. 82 bridge over the Mississippi River at Greenville. The scope of the project includes demolition and removal of the 2.25-mile steel through-truss bridge that spans the Mississippi River. Granite will also ...

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Truck scales going underground

VICKSBURG — Scales on Mississippi highways in seven counties will be replaced this year with underground weight-measuring systems expected to streamline weigh-ins for longer trucks. The Associated Press reports updates are sorely needed because scales in place for more than 20 years, such as those near Bovina on each side of Interstate 20 in Warren County, are too short to ...

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Jeff chosen to lead MTA

RIDGELAND — The Mississippi Technology Alliance (MTA) board of directors chair Jan Farrington announced that Tony Jeff has been selected as the organization’s new president and CEO. Jeff previously served as vice president and chief operating officer and director of MTA’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship where he coordinated MTA’s efforts to help entrepreneurs bring their innovations successfully to market. ...

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Abby relocating, adding jobs

ASHLAND — Abby Manufacturing, a fabricated structural metal manufacturer, is expanding its operations into a county-owned building in Benton County. The expansion, a nearly $556,000 investment by the company, will create approximately 35 new jobs at the Ashland facility. Twenty-five of those jobs are already in place. “In the current economy, it’s particularly important that we focus on creating jobs ...

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AllState rethinks rate hike petition

Officials say Allstate Property and Casualty Insurance Co. will temporarily withdraw its petition seeking a 65 percent increase hike in Mississippi, according to The Associated Press. The company’s decision came Jan. 8, a day after Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney rejected Allstate’s request. Allstate spokeswoman April Eaton says the company will evaluate and address Chaney’s concerns. She said another request ...

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