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Circuit Court term opened Monday

HOUSTON – The first 2015 term of Chickasaw County Circuit Court opened Monday in Houston with a number of high profile cases slated for the year’s new docket. The March term saw a total of 54 cases on the docket, down from the 60 posted in December. Drug charges continued to dominate the docket with […]

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Yokohama Mississippi nearing completion

WEST POINT – The $300 million Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Mississippi plant in West Point in nearing completion, officials said Wednesday. The plant also hired 170 workers, and expects to have about 300 of its planned 500 workers employed by the end of the year. According to a press release, the roughly 1 million-square-foot factory “is […]

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IHL, Jones mull possible contract extension

By Chris Kieffer, Bobby Harrison and Errol Castens Daily Journal TUPELO – University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones has been offered a two-year contract extension by the State Institutions of Higher Learning, sources have confirmed to the Daily Journal. Under the offer, Jones would be given a two-year extension, instead of the traditional four-year contract, […]

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Region’s jobless rate rises

HOUSTON – Chickasaw County had the second highest unemployment rate in Northeast Mississippi this winter at 10.2 percent. Only Clay County, which saw unemployment drop from 18 percent earlier this year as construction of Yokahama Tire hits full speed, was higher at 13.5 percent. Local officials hope the arrival of the spring planting season will […]

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Ole Miss rallies for Jones

By Jeff Eubanks and Errol Castens Daily Journal OXFORD – Cheers and chants joined speeches, pledges and resolutions Wednesday when about 2,500 supporters of University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones rallied in the Lyceum Circle to demand his continuation as UM’s leader. The IHL Board decided last Friday and reaffirmed on Monday not to extend […]

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Supervisors waiting for roads to dry

CHICKASAW COUNTY – The Winter of 2015 has been tough on county roads. The snow and freezing weather earlier this month cracked pavement and this was quickly followed by a week of rain that washed out potholes on hard surface streets and formed ruts and washboards on gravel roads. And all the county can do […]

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Battle of Egypt marked and remembered

EGYPT – A simple sign on Highway 45 marks one of the most convoluted and difficult to understand Civil War battles in Northeast Mississippi. The Mississippi Department of Archives and History unveiled a marker for the Battle of Egypt Friday with historians telling the details of this conflict that occurred in the closing days of […]

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EDITORIAL: New meters

Everybody wants the rules and regulations to be applied equally, until it comes to their money and their family. The Houston Board of Mayor and Aldermen has seen this happen for years with people unhappy with a monthly water bill. Last month the city was approached by a customer wanting the city to reduce their […]

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Aldermen approve water meter bonds

HOUSTON – Aldermen voted 4-1 in a special called meeting at noon Tuesday to seek revenue bonds to repair a well, install electronic water meters and improve the city’s water mains and sewer lines. Aldermen have been discussing the loan for more than a year as they try to improve the city’s aging infrastructure and […]

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Houston seeks tourism tax

HOUSTON – In a dramatic turn of events, the Houston Board of Aldermen unanimously voted to seek a tourism tax after two day of debate that saw the tax discussed in a work session Monday night and then voted on in a special called meeting at noon Tuesday. The city had been told by local […]

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MSU to hold manufacturing summit at Franklin Center

Special to the Chickasaw Journal STARKVILLE –With Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant offering the keynote address, manufacturing, logistics and transportation leaders will “Focus on the Future” at the fifth annual Manufacturing Summit. The Wednesday March 18 program, held by Mississippi State University and American Home Furnishings Alliance, will be held on campus at the Franklin Center, […]

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MAEP funding sent to governor $211M short

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The state Senate rejected a proposal to phase in full funding of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program over a three-year period and instead sent to Gov. Phil Bryant a bill that increases funding for education by $110 million. The Senate proposal, which passed the House earlier […]

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County refinances jail bonds

HOUSTON – Chickasaw County supervisors will save approximately $25,000 annually in a recent move to refinance the bond for the Chickasaw County Regional Correctional Facility and Jail. The county took advantage of low interest rates to reduce the payment on it’s debt obligation for facilities. The move could save the county over $400,000 over the […]

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Freshman trio leads Okolona to State 2A final

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal JACKSON – Bailey, Smith, Spears. Three names basketball fans in Mississippi need to remember, three names West Tallahatchie would like to forget. Okolona freshmen Jaylon Bailey, Cameron Smith and Ladarius Spears rang up 53 points Thursday to lead the Chieftains to a 73-67 comeback win against West Tallahatchie in the […]

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