Published 5:23 pm CDT, Thursday, August 9, 2018 JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal courthouse in Mississippi has been named for a longtime Republican U.S. senator who resigned this year. Officials gathered Thursday in downtown Jackson to unveil the new name on the Thad Cochran courthouse. The building opened in 2010 with a dozen courtrooms and other federal offices. The 80-year-old Cochran and his wife, Kay, attended the dedication ceremony, as did Mississippi's two current senators, Republicans Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith. Former Gov. Haley Barbour, federal judges and several of Cochran's former staff members were also there. Cochran was elected to the U.S. House in 1972 and the Senate in 1978. He won another six-year term in 2014 but stepped down this April because of health concerns. He was chairman of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee. … [Read more...] about US courthouse in Mississippi named for former Sen. Cochran
By CALLIE DANIELS BRYANT Five years ago, Delta State University welcomed home its beloved student as its president: Bill LaForge. As a Cleveland native, and the son of DSU’s Dean of College Arts and Science William LaForge (whose name can be found on the university’s library building), his homecoming seems obvious. But he is a nontraditional president. “I did not come through the way of academia,” said LaForge, recounting his 37 years in Washington D.C. where he first served as Chief of Staff to Thad Cochran then as chief counsel for an appropriations subcommittee for the U.S. Senate. As a registered lobbyist he specialized in federal government relations as he represented businesses and organizations with public policy interests – a topic he also taught for over 25 years as an adjunct professor at three different universities including Georgetown. His post-graduate journey took him to Russia, Poland and Bulgaria as a visiting professor, too. Then he … [Read more...] about LaForge leads Delta State into the future
He put in around noon on a Friday. Nearby, the women sprayed sunscreen and hung floaties on the children, and the boys threw rocks into the duckweed. Onboard, they had grocery bags, a propane grill and not one fishing pole. “Soon as I get out in the lake, I’m gonna start cooking for these kids,” Broussard said. “We come up here all the time, and if they had cabins or something like that, I’d rent one, even though I just live an hour away.” There are no cabins. No lodges. Not even overnight camping. Okhissa Lake has a few covered pavilions and some restrooms, but no places to stay within 30 miles. A local economic development group wants to change that, and they’re on the verge of getting permission to buy up 150 acres of publicly-owned land in the Homochitto National Forest for the construction of rental property on the lake, if federal lawmakers greenlight the current version of the national farm bill. Meadville Mayor Lane Reed — who … [Read more...] about Vacancy at Okhissa Lake: Group hopes to buy land from feds
Bracey Harris and Geoff Pender Mississippi Clarion Ledger Published 2:09 p.m. UTC Jul 24, 2018 Appointed Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith out-raised her opponents for November's special election to replace Thad Cochran by well over $1 million from April 1 through June 30. Hyde-Smith raised nearly $1.6 million for the period. Democratic former U.S. Rep. Mike Espy raised more than $308,000 and Republican state Sen. Chris McDaniel raised $272,000. This includes loans of $111,000 and $55,000, respectively, that Espy and McDaniel loaned their own campaigns. No report was available for a fourth, little known candidate, Democrat Tobey Bartee. More: Bryant appoints Hyde-Smith to vacant senate seat Millions of out-of-state dollars have so far been pumped into the race through PACs, super PACs and individual donations to candidates. Conservative Republican billionaire mega-donors Robert Mercer and Richard Uihlein and their families have contributed to McDaniel's campaign this cycle, … [Read more...] about Follow the money: How much have Mississippi special U.S. Senate race candidates raised?
Camille Scales Young Haley Fisakerly The Woodward Hines Education Foundation (WHEF) has elected two new members to the board of directors, Haley Fisackerly and Camille Scales Young. They take positions left open by the outgoing Ronald Smith and the founder Jack Woodward who died in February. Fisackerly is the president and chief executive officer of Entergy Mississippi, Inc., which serves approximately 445,000 customers in 45 counties statewide. Fisackerly, a native of Columbus, Mississippi, holds a degree in business administration from Mississippi State University and a master’s degree in public policy administration from George Washington University. Fisackerly served for several years on the staff of U.S. Senator Thad Cochran prior to joining Entergy at its Washington, D.C. office in 1995. Fisackerly serves on numerous local and statewide boards, including the Mississippi Economic Council, Mississippi Energy Institute, Bankfirst Financial Services and The Nature Conservancy. … [Read more...] about New board members join Woodward Hines