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Chamber New Member Spotlight
These businesses have recently made an investment in their future as well as the business community by joining the Grenada Area Chamber of Commerce. We congratulate them on their decision.

African American Heritage Rodeo
Antonio Clay
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Blooworth’s 4 Way Convenient Stop
Keith Bloodworth
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Circuit Rider Records Inc.
W. C. Taylor
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Lakeway Sporting & Guide Service
Jason Golding

Marascalco 1st Health Pharmacy
Frank & Dolly Marascalco

McGehee Family Health Clinic
Debbie McGehee
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National Federation of the Blind – Grenada Chapter
Eileen Richardson
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The Computer Doctor
Nick Liberto
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Katrina’s Destruction and Mississippi’s Perseverance Remembered

Katrina’s Destruction and Mississippi’s Perseverance Remembered
As Hurricane Earl strengthens, threatening the East Coast, residents of Mississippi and Louisiana are reflecting on the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the nation’s greatest natural disaster.

When the most destructive storm in Entergy Mississippi, Inc.’s history barreled through the state, communities throughout the 45-county service area were affected. More than 300,000 of Entergy Mississippi’s 410,000 customers were left without power. Soon after, some 1,200 linemen and support staff were on the ground, in the air and everywhere in between, working around the clock to restore service to customers.

“It was a Herculean effort by all citizens to help each other in our darkest hour,” said Haley Fisackerly, president and chief executive officer for Entergy Mississippi, Inc. “It was a pivotal event in our state’s history and our company’s history. The blow dealt to Mississippi and to Entergy by Hurricane Katrina was profound, but so was the resiliency of our workers and our customers.”

In today’s story, “Powering Through,” Andy Terrell, a lineman/troubleman from McComb, tells his story about working long hours in tough conditions, even missing his daughter’s own 16th birthday party, to restore power to Mississippians.

To read additional stories from Entergy employees throughout the week, please visit MS Digital Daily or paste the URL below into your browser.


MEDC News August 16 2010

This information is supplied to the Chamber by the Mississippi Economic Development Council because the Chamber is a member of MEDC. We are happy to share it with you.

Sitel, the Nashville, Tenn.-based business process outsourcing (BPO) provider, has unveiled a major expansion of its Starkville call center.

A company that makes reclining furniture broke ground Monday for a plant expansion in northeast Mississippi.

South Mississippi Electric Power Association’s (SMEPA’s) plant in Purvis has begun a $62-million environmental upgrade project.

Developers of Jackson's Old Capitol Green project say a pair of recent governmental actions should enable construction to begin on the $1 billion development by the end of the year.

Networking at the Farnborough International Airshow resulted in commitments from top aerospace executives to visit South Mississippi’s aerospace region, said George Freeland, executive director of the Jackson County Economic Development Foundation.

Mr James Hrusovsky CEO of Severstal Columbus said that "The location of Mississippi Steel Processing and New Process Steel on Severstal's campus further strengthens the position of Severstal Columbus as the premier steel maker in the southern United States. These projects also demonstrate the strong commitment to job creation in manufacturing and the determined spirit of the government and people of Mississippi."

"This is an incredible plan," Earl F. Gohl, federal co-chair for the Appalachian Regional Commission, Tuesday said of the Golden Triangle Industrial Park. "This is what we look for every place we go and we don't always find it. The key to it is everybody having a piece of it.”

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood identified 18 marine corridors, eight projects, and six initiatives for further development as part of “America’s Marine Highway Program.”

Mississippi lawmakers hold hearings on redistricting. All legislative seats are up for election in 2011. Candidates’ qualifying deadline is next June, with the general election in November.

Hernando leaders gave citizens the credit Saturday as they celebrated the city winning Mississippi's first "Healthiest Hometown" award.

Earth Consulting Group Inc. (EarthCon) has made Engineering News Record’s (ENR’s) top 200 list of environmental firms for the second consecutive year.

Millsaps College makes national ranking.

Free webinar “Jump Start Revenue Growth Through International Trade” to be presented on August 31 by the Mississippi Technology Alliance, US EDA, MDA Global Trade Division and Mississippi World Trade Center.

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