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Union County tornadoes

Mississippi Severe Weather Preparedness Week

Mississippi Severe Weather Preparedness Week is Feb. 3-7, marking the beginning of what is historically a weather-active season. Union County, like the rest of Mississippi, is no stranger to damaging winds, flooding, hail and tornadoes. The state ranks near the top in number of tornadoes, long-track and violent tornadoes and tornado-related fatalities. Part of the […]

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Valentine’s Day chocolate

  By Dr. Linda Mitchell When you hear the word “valentine,” what is the first word that comes to your mind? Is it heart? Red? Cupid? Love? Card? Candy? Flowers? Oh-no? If you’re like the majority of folks then the first word you think of is “heart.” Polls reveal the second word that folks claim […]

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Tickets on sale for home and garden show luncheon

Tickets are now on sale for the 2014 Home and Garden Show Lunch and Learn event. This is the only part of the sixth annual two-day show with an admission charge. The show will be April 4 and 5 at the fairgrounds and Lunch and Learn will be at noon Friday, April 4. Tickets are […]

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Aldermen approve subdivision, other business

New Albany aldermen handled some routine matters Tuesday beyond the condemnation hearings that took up much of the meeting time (see related story in this issue). They included approving a planned subdivision, improving utility service response, dealing with the sound of railroad train horns and continued marketing of the city. Building Inspector Mike Armstrong reported […]

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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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Wayne Mitchell

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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