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C Spire has been selected as one of the top mid-sized employers in the U.S. in 2021 by Forbes and Statista Inc., a world-leading statistics portal and industry ranking provider.

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The Mississippi Senate approved a bill this week that would expand connectivity and accessibility of reliable, high-speed Internet across the state, according to a press release from Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann’s office. Senate Bill 2798 allows energy companies to lease “dark fiber,” or fiber …

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Mackenzie Parker has joined The First as vice president and commercial lender. Parker joins the bank’s commercial lending team — Marcus Robinson, Wes Rouse, Shawn Harris and Chase Barnes — at the Midtown location in Hattiesburg. 

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TEC employees who have been with the company for 30 years were recognized recently. They are, front row from left, Donald Windham, Leonard Farrell, Teresa Odom and Margaret Carter; back row,  Steve Drummond, John Rand and Stanley Downs. Also honored were Ricky Jones, James Purvis, Zachary Tu…

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TEC, a Bay Springs-based fiber broadband provider, will bring fast fiber internet to more than 23,000 families and businesses in rural Mississippi after being awarded more than $40 million to help reach that goal. 

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The Polkville Community in Smith County will soon enjoy the benefits of TEC’s new fiber broadband network. Construction is underway with crews installing fiber optic cable on Smith County Road 36. 

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Eighteen employees with 25 or more consecutive years of service to Ellisville State School were recently honored. The Employee Appreciation Program is made possible by employee fundraising efforts throughout the year. 

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OXFORD – The Ole Miss Alumni Association announced elected officers for 2020-21 at its annual meeting Saturday as part of the University of Mississippi’s Homecoming activities. This year’s meeting was conducted outside in front of the Triplett Alumni Center to provide more space and social d…

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In response to multiple major hurricanes and tropical storms wreaking havoc on communities across the Southeast, Sanderson Farms has donated $50,000 to the American Red Cross to aid in ongoing recovery efforts. Sanderson Farms’ contribution will help the Red Cross provide food, emergency she…

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Tiffany McElroy of Eye Care Associates in Laurel, is the 2020 Helen St. Clair Young Optometrist of the Year. The award is presented annually by the Mississippi Optometric Association to an optometrist who has been practicing for 10 years or fewer and recognize their contributions to the prof…

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Trucks rolled out early Sunday morning with 16 Dixie Electric line workers headed to Southwest Mississippi Electric Power Association to restore power after Hurricane Delta struck their service area. Southwest Electric, located in Lorman, reported more than 22,500 members without power at he…

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Tanner Farms in Ellisville ranked as largest in registering the most Angus beef cattle in Mississippi with the American Angus Association during fiscal year 2020, which ended Sept. 30, according to Mark McCully, association chief executive officer.

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After an unprecedented legislative session, the Mississippi House of Representatives adjourned sine die on Friday, Oct. 2 in accordance with House Concurrent Resolution 69. When it passed earlier in the session, the Legislature was given six days to meet and pass bills related to COVID-19 be…

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Bay Springs Telephone Co. will expand broadband fiber service in Jasper, Jones, Newton, Lauderdale and Smith counties thanks to a $4.69 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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BAY SPRINGS – U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) on Monday celebrated the award of a $4.69 million U.S. Department of Agriculture ReConnect Program grant for the Bay Springs Telephone Co. to construct 116 miles of broadband fiber in Jasper, Jones, Newton, Lauderdale, and Smith counties.

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Through its Fueling Safe and Thriving Communities program, Atmos Energy gave $2 million, including $24,000 to the Salvation Army, during September’s Hunger Action Month to join forces with hundreds of local school districts, food banks and other essential organizations that provide the break…

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During its open meeting on Monday, Chairman Dane Maxwell and fellow Public Service Commissioners unanimously voted to approve a slight rate decrease for Mississippi Power customers. It’s the third for Mississippi Power customers since Maxwell took office in January. 

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Casey Adams has been promoted to Senior Vice President, announced Scott Pickering, Chief Executive Officer for Community Bank’s Pine Belt Region.

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Heavy equipment is moving dirt on big projects from one end of the county to the other, from the much-anticipated Love’s truck stop in Sandersville to a road extension that is expected to attract new industry to the Hattiesburg-Laurel Airport business park. The Jones County Economic Developm…

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President Donald Trump designated 11 counties as as primary natural disaster area, so producers in Jones, Wayne, Smith, Simpson, Amite, Claiborne, Covington, George, Jefferson Davis, Lawrence and Pike counties who suffered losses caused by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and fl…

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Mississippi National Guard’s Gulfport-based 890th Engineer Battalion is partnering with the Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport to extend a road located in the airport’s business park. 

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Ellisville State School recently announced the 2019 Employee of the Year winners. The agency typically honors staff at a ceremony each year in April, but this year, administrators were confronted with an obstacle – COVID-19.

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Jennifer Rogers of Ellisville has been hired by Hattiesburg-based law firm Lowrey and Fortner, P.A., as a criminal defense and family law attorney. 

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The coronavirus has impacted the way we lead our daily lives, and that includes how we eat. With many restaurants, hotels and schools closed, the food supply chain has had to adapt in order to bring to market the food we need to live. 

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CHOCTAW — The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians recently received a $15,000 grant from First Nations Development Institute as part of the Building Digital Technology Capacity in Native American Communities Project and was made possible through generous support from Comcast Communications T…

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The Mississippi 30 Day Fund announced a new partnership with Cooperative Energy by giving $30,000 to the fund. The donation will go directly toward serving Mississippi’s small businesses suffering from the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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TEC is announcing a collaborative agreement with Southern Pine Electric to provide Fast Fiber Internet to many of Mississippi’s unserved or underserved areas. With the endeavor, TEC and Southern Pine will cooperate to expand the availability of fiber internet, voice and security solutions to…

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The Mississippi 30 Day Fund, a nonprofit founded by lifelong Mississippians Marie and Brian Sanderson that provides financial support to the state’s small businesses struggling due to COVID-19, announced a new partnership with Sanderson Farms.

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Three weeks ago, we — along with some of Mississippi’s top philanthropic, business, and community leaders from across the state and four of our former governors — announced a nonprofit effort to help small businesses struggling in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

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Rural broadband expansion and K-12 distance-learning initiatives will receive almost a fourth of the Coronavirus Relief Fund, under a package appropriated by the Mississippi Legislature. Mississippi received $1.25 billion in unallocated federal aid to soften the pandemic’s health and economi…