Now with a regular staff of 60 full-time employees and 240 professors, faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students, Mississippi State University's Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems has grown enormously since it was founded in 2000 as part of the state's efforts to recruit Nissan to the state.
After visiting a couple of our biggest industries in recent months and considering the narrative our economic development experts have been establishing for the past couple of years, I am beginning to think maybe, just maybe, the Luddites had a point after all.
When the long-debated, often-delayed Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway opened in 1984, critics condemned the almost $2-billion project as an example of "pork barrel" waste while advocates claimed the waterway would become a major shipping corridor, estimating that the waterway would carry 28 million tons in its first year and 99 million tons by 2035.
There is probably no harsher critic of law enforcement officers than my friend, Bill.
Some deals take months, even years, to put together.
The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors awarded bids on a pair of repair projects at the county-owned CalStar building while tabling a request from the city of Crawford for repaving of the town's walking track.
In her three years as principal at West Clay Elementary School, Dr. Helen Kennard has established rules for what she believes is essential to operating a successful school.
In what has been a lull period for economic development in the Golden Triangle, there will be at least one new start-up at the Golden Triangle Industrial Park by year's end.
Teen-aged girls can be persistent.
Sometimes, fathers can be, too.
Tuesday, the Columbus Rotary Club held its Lowndes Young Leaders program at Lion Hill Center, where the group honored the graduating class 10th-graders from schools throughout the county.
A request by the city of Columbus for Lowndes County supervisors to reconsider a decision to restructure the local E-911 board of directors has been denied.
Columbus Mayor Robert Smith sent a letter to the president of the Lowndes County board of supervisors on April 28, saying he and city councilmen feel a Yorkville Road firing range built with county and city funds should be operated and managed by the city.
The 20th Market Street Festival wrapped up early Saturday evening after being blessed with what is often called "Chamber of Commerce" weather.
A year ago today, a series of tornadoes ripped through Mississippi and other southern states, inflicting hundreds of millions of dollars in damage and costing the lives of 35 people.
This is war.
"And we are losing," said Clifford McManus, 25, as he scanned the carnage of battle Sunday morning.
The three-and-a-half year dispute over Co-Op Road has taken another twist.
For a long time, when the monthly jobless report from the Mississippi Department of Employment Security was released, Clay County officials would find their county near the bottom of the list.
These days, the reports are much favorable.
Over the past four years, 1,604 Noxubee County dogs have been spayed or neutered, with more than a quarter of them -- 440 -- being adopted by a Massachusetts-based rescue organization called Sweet Paws Rescue.
Mississippi State University held a short coronation ceremony prior to Saturday's spring football game where Bully XXI, aka "Jak" was installed as the university's mascot.
Thursday's Columbus Exchange Club meeting included an appearance by national Exchange Club President Tom Karnes of Lincoln Park, Michigan, who read a resolution from the national club commending the Columbus chapter for its exemplary performance as it celebrates its 90th year.
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