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EADS North America CEO survives Alaska plane crash; ex-senator killed

Posted 8/10/2010 in Business

A plane carrying nine people -- including former Sen. Ted Stevens and CEO of defense contractor EADS North America Sean O'Keefe -- crashed in southwest Alaska, killing five people on board, authorities said Tuesday.

Caney Fork says legal fight with landlord forced closing

Posted 8/10/2010 in Business

For the second time in a year, a restaurant located at 528 18th Ave. N. in Columbus has closed. A sign posted on the door of the Caney Fork Restaurant, formerly Santa Fe Cattle Co., read: "Due to an unresolved dispute with our landlord we have been forced to close."


Base pumps $287M into local economy

Posted 8/7/2010 in Business

The Columbus Air Force Base increased its payroll and annual expenditures in the 2009 fiscal year, pumping $287 million into the local economy, according to an economic impact report released Friday.



Watch your feet: Snake activity rises with temperatures

Posted 8/6/2010 in Business

When the temperature rises in August so, too, does snake activity.


Columbus Country Club out of the rough

Posted 8/6/2010 in Business

The Columbus Country Club is back in the black after paying off back taxes, catching up on loan payments, eliminating six staff positions and slicing rates and expenses.


Chancery clerks' pay over state cap

Posted 8/5/2010 in Business

Take-home pay for 56 chancery clerks in Mississippi topped $100,000 in 2009, according to an annual report from the state auditor's office.



Peter Imes: Blocking inappropriate websites

Posted 8/5/2010 in Business

Someone contacted me a few weeks ago with concerns that an employee's web browser history listed several websites that were not work related.



Kroger card now offers fuel rewards

Posted 8/5/2010 in Business

The Kroger has teamed up with Shell to enable customers in the greater Jackson, Columbus, Tupelo, Laurel and Hattiesburg areas to earn fuel savings at the pump, using their Kroger Plus Card.



Peter Imes: Tech company Spotter considers Golden Triangle

Posted 8/2/2010 in Business

Earlier this year I taught a beginner-level class on social media through MUW's Department of Continuing Education. Though he has been involved in the development of modern computers and was teaching a computer history class through the same program, Claude Simpson enrolled in my class for an update on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.



Peter Imes: Recent tech news roundup

Posted 8/2/2010 in Business

Over the past few weeks, we've been exploring the various ways the Internet has changed our daily lives.



Local gas station owners bolt from BP as others call for rebranding

Posted 7/30/2010 in Business

BP gas station owners across the country are divided over whether the oil giant stained by its handling of the Gulf spill should rebrand U.S. outlets as Amoco or another name as part of its effort to repair the company's badly damaged reputation.


Businesses set the pace for United Way

Posted 7/30/2010 in Business

Officers of the United Way of Lowndes County kicked off an annual corporate fundraising campaign Thursday at the Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle Outpatient Pavilion.


Mental health facilities, including in north Miss., asked to develop closure plans

Posted 7/30/2010 in Business

The Mississippi Department of Mental Health has asked four facilities to develop contingency closing plans by the end of August in case the Legislature doesn't provide adequate funding in the next fiscal year.


Retailers 'pumped' about tax holiday

Posted 7/29/2010 in Business

Area retailers are getting ready for Mississippi's second annual tax-free shopping weekend.


Starkville on track to become Main Street community

Posted 7/29/2010 in Business

The city of Starkville could soon become a Mississippi Main Street community, which would give the city additional tools to promote economic development downtown.



Ala. firefighter suspended in flushed babies probe

Posted 7/28/2010 in Business

A member of the Odenville fire department was placed on administrative leave after two premature stillborn infants were flushed down a toilet.



Trustmark boosts second-quarter profit

Posted 7/28/2010 in Business

Regional banker Trustmark Corp. nearly doubled its second-quarter profit through the combination of more revenue and reductions in problem loans, the company reported.



Sheriff: Premature infants flushed down toilet

Posted 7/27/2010 in Business

The St. Clair County sheriff says a grand jury will review an investigation that turned up the bodies of two premature infants that had been flushed down a toilet.



Package for Ala. grandma contains 6 pounds of pot

Posted 7/27/2010 in Business

A package addressed from "Grandpa Henderson" in San Diego, Calif., to "Grandma Henderson" in Talladega, Ala., wasn't ordinary mail, and it wasn't picked up by any grandmother.



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