American Red Cross conducts business matchmaking event in Jackson

September 18, 2014 in Business, News

By Lonnie Ross Online Editor Mayor Tony Yarber welcomed a national representative of the American Red Cross to the city of Jackson during a business matchmaking event at the JSU […]

Judge: Mississippi Development Authority study on offshore drilling `severely lacking’

June 20, 2014 in Business

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) – A Hinds County judge says the state must write a better economic impact statement on proposed offshore natural gas and oil exploration in parts of the […]

Mississippi has agreement with HUD on plan to show jobs from Gulfport port expansion

November 6, 2013 in Business, News

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — Mississippi officials say they have an agreement with the federal government to show how existing jobs were preserved with federal money at the state-owned Port of […]

Songwriter Johnny Russell gets country music marker in Moorhead

August 15, 2013 in Entertainment, National Entertainment, News, Statewide News

Country music singer-songwriter Johnny Russell was the latest recipient honored with a marker on the Mississippi Country Music Trail. The marker unveiling was at 101 East Delta Avenue in Moorhead.

Governor Phil Bryant, who was born in Moorhead, offered remarks during the ceremony.

John Bright “Johnny” Russell (1940-2001) was born and raised in Moorhead and went on to become a star of the Grand Ole Opry and a popular country recording artist, with such hits as “Catfish John” and “Rednecks, White Socks and Blue Ribbon Beer.”

Green Circle locating wood pellet operations to George County

July 12, 2013 in Business, News, Statewide News, Top Stories

Officials from Green Circle Bio Energy said the company is locating an energy wood pellet manufacturing facility in the George County Industrial Park. The project represents a company investment of $115 million and will create 126 jobs with the potential of up to 141.

The majority of the project’s jobs will be at the George County facility with the remainder being at the Port of Pascagoula. Additional temporary jobs will also be created during plant construction. 

The facility is expected to be operational by spring 2015 and will produce wood pellets for shipment from the Port of Pascagoula to European markets to be sold to electric generating facilities as a renewable alternative to coal. Initially, the plant will have the capacity to produce 500,000 tons of wood pellets per year.

Hankins Lumber Company re-opening in Grenada

June 26, 2013 in Business, News, Statewide News, Top Stories

Officials from Hankins Lumber Company announced this week that the company is reopening its facility in Grenada following a 15-month closure due to the downturn in the economy.

The project represents a $1.5 million investment and is creating 120 jobs, many of which will be filled by former employees working at the facility when it closed.

A producer of southern yellow pine products, Hankins Lumber Company produces and supplies a variety of lumber and related products for commercial and residential clients throughout Mississippi, as well as the country’s retail and wholesale markets.

Preacher charged with sexual battery

June 21, 2013 in News, Statewide News, Top Stories

Authorities have charged an Alcorn County preacher with sexual battery. The Alcorn County Sheriff’s Department told WTVA that Timothy D. Nall, 57, has been charged based on a grand jury indictment.

Authorities said a report was filed against Nall in April 2013. They said Nall has been a preacher at Farmington Baptist Church.

CertainTeed restarting production in Meridian

June 5, 2013 in Business, News, Statewide News, Top Stories

CertainTeed joined local and state officials Monday to announce the company is restarting its ceiling tile manufacturing operations in Meridian, in the same facility it purchased in 2005.

The project represents a $24 million company investment and will create 110 new jobs by 2016.

Production is expected to resume during the second quarter of 2014. Once operational, the facility will produce a range of ceiling tiles and acoustical wall panels used in commercial construction applications.