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FLOYD INGRAM: Check the numbers

  Covering Chickasaw County puts me in touch with a lot of people each week and in meetings where a lot of information and data is presented. No medium is better suited to explain the details of budgets, trends and plain raw numbers than a newspaper. TV wants 30-seconds of pictures. Radio wants a five […]

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Region’s jobless rate lowest in 10 years

Special to the Chickasaw Journal TUPELO – Even with an increase in the unemployment rate in December, the overall jobless rate for all of Northeast Mississippi in 2015 was 6.5 percent. That’s the lowest rate in the 10 years the Daily Journal has compiled the figures, with information provided by the Mississippi Department of Employment […]

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Houston tourism tax discussed

  By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – Plans are being made for another tourism tax vote for Houston and community leaders are gathering facts and friends for the next campaign. Chickasaw Development Foundation members and city leaders met at the Houston Civic Center last week to discuss how they missed an opportunity last summer […]

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EDITORIAL: Volunteers need to answer the call

  Volunteer fire departments may be the best economic development tool ever created for rural communities. While there are many beautiful places to build houses in the country, banks are hesitant to loan money to construct a home unless the investment is covered by insurance. And while hardworking country folk can often afford the cost […]

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Epps due to be sentenced April 11 in MDOC scandal

By Patsy R. Brumfield Special to the Daily Journal JACKSON – Former state prisons chief Christopher B. Epps faces sentencing April 11 for his admissions to a kickback-bribery scheme, which allegedly netted him nearly $2 million for choosing contract favorites. His attorneys and federal prosecutors agreed to the new date after meeting Tuesday before U.S. […]

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More storm shelters on the way

  By Hank Wiesner Special to the Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved nearly $50,000 in grant requests from Houston, Okolona and Chickasaw County for construction of storm shelters at nine locations, County Emergency Management Agency Director Linda Griffin said this week. Based on a per-shelter capacity of 30 […]

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Wal-Mart closures to impact 180 jobs

By Dennis Seid Daily Journal TUPELO – Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will close six Walmart Express stores in north Mississippi, impacting nearly 180 workers. But the company said it will offer those employees jobs elsewhere if available. “Our goal is to place as many associates as possible who would like to continue with the company at […]

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MDOC scandal sentencing delayed

Daily Journal JACKSON – Carthage businessman Sam Waggoner, 61, will have to wait a little longer to learn his fate. Waggoner was set for sentencing Monday for his part in a bribery scandal surrounding the Mississippi Department of Corrections. Citing Waggoner’s poor health, U.S. District Court Judge Henry Wingate delayed sentencing indefinitely. Prosecutors and Waggoner’s […]

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Houlka aldermen welcome Brown to board

  By Hank Wiesner Special to the Chickasaw Journal HOULKA – Houlka’s four aldermen met met earlier this month on the same night an election was under way to determine the board’s fifth member. The Houlka Board of Aldermen started the new year awaiting the swearing-in of the new alderman later this month, and has […]

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Solar ambassadors for Houston

  By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – They’ve won the National Solar Car Challenge 14-years in a row, have just gotten back from Australia where they raced more solar car miles than any high school team in World Solar Car Challenge history and now they are spreading the news about their team and Houston. […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: A man with a gun

Deer season ends today for the Ingrams. My youngest son James and I will spend the last daylight hours of Jan. 20, 2015, looking for Mr. Buck on the 88-acres of beautiful Mississippi hardwood that we have hunted for the past three years. It snowed this week and the forecast calls for rain today, but […]

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EMA urges residents to number their house

    By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal CHICKASAW COUNTY – In an emergency, seconds count and precious time can be wasted trying to locate an unmarked house. The Chickasaw County Emergency Management Agency is urging homeowners, renters and landlords to take a minute and help local emergency service providers by displaying your house number. In […]

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Houston trustees discuss test scores

  By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – Superintendent Tony Cook spoke frankly with the Houston School Board of Trustees last week and said while he was pleased with some recent test score, there is room for improvement. Test scores for English/language arts and math were released in mid November and Cook said he and […]

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Snow? Friday? Maybe?

Special to the Chickasaw Journal Conditions are setting up for a snowy Friday in Northeast Mississippi. “We anticipate snowfall accumulations,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Zach Maye. “It may be heavy at some locations.” On Thursday, forecasters are predicting only rain. But in the early morning hours Friday, temperatures are expected to start dropping. There […]

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