Industrial development ramping up for county

The ribbon-cutting at the Jackson Furniture plant in Myrtle Tuesday appears to be just the first in a string of industrial development-related activities in the community. Union County Development Association Executive Director Phil Nanney gave New Albany aldermen an update on several other projects at their February meeting Tuesday. In terms of new industry, Nanney […]

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Jackson Catnapper furniture plant in Myrtle brings 70 jobs to area

  The Town of Myrtle officially got an economic boost Tuesday with the ribbon-cutting at the Jackson Catnapper furniture manufacturing plant. The plant has actually been in production since Dec. 1 but Jackson vice-president Keith Jackson said they had just been too busy getting set up to plan any sort of ceremony. The company manufactures […]

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Aldermen order two residences demolished

      Pressured by written complaints by neighborhood residents, aldermen voted to have two condemned residential structures demolished Tuesday. In one case, this comes after nearly a year of back-and-forth discussion, in the other, a couple of months. Aldermen also approved action in a third case that is considered more a nuisance by neighbors. […]

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Good news for newspapers

Newspapers are not dying. The truth is most Mississippi newspapers are doing just fine, and many are thriving, with readership growth and increased advertising revenues. That was the message I brought home from the Mississippi Press Association Mid-Winter Conference last week in Jackson. The problem is that, despite being in the communication business, those of […]

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Fix school allocations

A Mississippi attorney general’s official opinion has confirmed what local school officials thought was the case, that the $300,000 a year Toyota pays Union County in lieu of school taxes can only be used for county, not city, schools. As part of its agreement when the plant was built, Toyota must give Pontotoc, Lee and […]

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Hazardous plant sites

It has been 10 days since a fire and explosion shattered the early morning calm in Union County.  That was when the JNS Biodiesel plan on Highway 15 just north of New Albany caught fire, which led to a series of big and small explosions that continued into the next day. Fire and emergency management […]

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Depressing day in the closet

My waist size and height total 110 inches, just as they have for years. Nothing has changed. Well, that’s sort of true. The total hasn’t changed, but that’s a little misleading. The numbers have. That became clear last Saturday when I decided it was time to clean out my closet. The rod that holds my […]

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A classic hotbed

The New Albany Hotbed Classic, which has become one of northeast Mississippi’s premiere prep sports events, had another successful outing Saturday at Memorial Gym on the New Albany Middle School campus. “The Hotbed, often imitated, never duplicated” is the motto of the event, and the tournament, which is sponsored by New Albany Kiwanis Club, has […]

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Denira Shawver drives to the basket for East Union to score two points during Tuesday’s 57-56 loss to Potts Camp.

Lady Urchins fight back

  It was a close call for East Union’s Lady  Urchins who saw a win slip away on a last minute surge by the Potts Camp Cardinals for a 57-56 final.  The Urchins secured a win over the Cardinals in the final game of the night, with a 56-43 tally. “You always wonder what could […]

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Lady Rebels top Blue Mountain

Hickory Flat turned in a solid outing in girls basketball action on Tuesday as they used a strong first half showing to gain a 12 point lead over the home-standing Lady Cougars. Hickory Flat used balanced scoring in the effort as four players reached double digits. Cheyenne Jones led the Lady Rebels with 13 points […]

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