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Power co-op gets bond rating upgrade after exiting Kemper deal

Cooperative Energy and its 11 co-op members will see lower debt costs on $35.4 million bond   By TED CARTER Bailing out of its 15 percent ownership stake in Mississippi Power’s Kemper gasification plant has helped Hattiesburg-based Cooperative Energy gain a ratings upgrade on a $35.4 million bond issue. The electric power co-op, which changed its name to Cooperative Energy from ...

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Upon turning 50, USM’s Nursing College moves to state-of-the-art home

By TED CARTER The opening of University of Southern Mississippi’s Asbury Hall for classes Jan. 17 gives USM a leading role in a strategy by which Mississippi has more than doubled its nursing school graduates since the start of the previous decade. USM’s college of Nursing already accounts for 23.55 percent of nursing baccalaureate degrees awarded in the state, followed by ...

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First of 4 sentenced in Hattiesburg on corruption charges

The first of four people has been sentenced to probation in a Hattiesburg corruption case. WDAM-TV reports that U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett on Monday sentenced developer Artie Fletcher to three years’ probation and $69,000 restitution to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Fletcher pleaded guilty to failing to report a felony. The Rev. Kenneth Fairley, his co-defendant, ...

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USM, City of Hattiesburg partnership to benefit young adults

Following high school, some young adults go to college, while an equal number go to work. Other young people, particularly those with disabilities or who are racially and economically diverse, may not find their path to adulthood so easily. The STEP UP to Leadership Council at The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) is an inclusive leadership ...

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Possibilities abound in downtown Hattiesburg

By BECKY GILLETTE / Hattiesburg Business Today Historic downtown Hattiesburg has a lot of fans of its stately turn-of-the century buildings including treasures like the restored Saenger Theater. The downtown is a center for city, county and federal government facilities, and in the past decade has seen some significant reinvestment that resulted in some popular new retail and dining options ...

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‘The sky is the limit’ — MDA optimistic about 2017

By BECKY GILLETTE What’s ahead for Mississippi’s economy in 2017? Mississippi Development Authority Executive Director Glenn L. McCullough Jr. expects 2017 to be another exciting year in economic development in Mississippi. “Gov. Phil Bryant and the Mississippi Legislature have enacted several strong, pro-business measures like the phaseout of the franchise tax and the creation of the Mississippi Works fund which dedicates ...

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Convicted pastor seeks sentencing delay in federal case

Hattiesburg pastor Kenneth Fairley, who was convicted of federal theft and conspiracy charges, is asking for a continuance for his sentencing. Media outlets report that Fairley’s attorneys filed a motion that seeks a delay from Dec. 19 until January to allow time for the court to address Fairley’s objections to some items in his presentence report. The motion also requests ...

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Hattiesburg shines with massive new solar farms and jobs growth

By BECKY GILLETTE / Hattiesburg Business Today The greater Hattiesburg area is quickly becoming a solar hub of the state and region with two, $100-million solar farms covering 1,000 acres current under construction that are expected to come online producing 100 megawatts of electricity by the summer of 2017, said Chad E. Newell, president of the Area Development Partnership (ADP). ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Is out-of-state student growth good for Mississippi taxpayers?

USM, seeking students, reduces out-of-state tuition,” read the recent newspaper headline.   “The idea is to reverse a 2,000-student enrollment dip by pricing a USM education below some public universities in nearby states, and attract enough high-schoolers from Houston, Dallas and San Antonio to raise overall revenue,” explained the Clarion-Ledger story. USM cut annual tuition for out-of-state students by 40 percent, from ...

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USM online learning gets No. 1 rank for affordability

The University of Southern Mississippi has been named No. 1 in the nation for affordability of its online offerings. Affordable Colleges Online ranked Southern Miss as the most affordable online college in the U.S. Tom Hutchinson, interim director of the Office of Online Learning, tells The HattiesburgAmerican Affordable Colleges Online includes researchers and higher education experts who analyze data from every ...

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