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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…

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The Mississippi State Treasury has returned $7 million in unclaimed property since Treasurer David McRae took office in January, he announced Tuesday. That amount includes $1.7 million that was distributed during the COVID-19 shutdown.

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Dixie Electric is getting more than $44 million as part of a $1.6 billion investment by the United States Department of Agriculture to build or improve rural electric infrastructure in 21 states, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced.

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The Business and Industry Political Education Committee (BIPEC) has selected Robin Robinson as best for business and jobs in the upcoming special election for the Mississippi House of Representatives. The special election in House District 88 (Jones County) is on June 23.

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A local eatery that has been in Laurel for more than 35 years is closing as a result of COVID-19, the owner announced on Facebook.

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Scott Cooley has joined Citizens Bank as vice president and loan officer at the bank’s Laurel branch, CEO Lee H. Fedric and Jones County Division President Douglas Neal announced.

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C Spire will continue to offer double the high-speed data — up to an extra 25GB per month — free to eligible postpaid and prepaid wireless smartphone customers through Sept. 30 in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

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Suez, which services the City of Laurel, is alerting businesses and homes that may have been closed for a month or more due to COVID-19 that a crucial part of reopening will be the flushing of their water pipes to ensure health and safety. According to the Environmental Science, Policy and R…

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C Spire is extending a waiver on late fees for consumer and business wireless customers through June 30 as part of its support of the FCC’s “Keep America Connected” program. The company will not terminate service or impose late fees for wireless customers who notify the company of an inabili…

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Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport’s carrier SkyWest will partner with United Airlines to provide the Pine Belt’s air service starting July 1. There will be two daily non-stop flights to Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport on a 50-passenger regional jet, said Tom Heanue, executive direc…

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Brent Quick has joined the Neel-Schaffer, Inc., and will serve as a construction project manager in the firm’s office in Laurel, according to a press release from the company.

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C Spire is providing eligible smartphone unlimited plans with an extra 25GB of high-speed data free and doubling the high-speed data up to 50GB for customers on eligible prepaid plans through June 1 in response to the COVID-19 crisis, it was announced Sunday.