Mississippi Metro Areas Lag Nation In Growth

JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — Economic growth in Mississippi’s three metropolitan areas lagged the national average in 2016. Numbers released last week by the U.S. Commerce Department show the economy shrank slightly in the Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula metro area, was flat in metro Jackson and grew in Hattiesburg. The Mississippi Gulf Coast…


Boutique Air In The Running For Tupelo Service

TUPELO, MS (Ben Caxton) — Current provider Contour Airlines and five other carriers have submitted bids to keep air service going in Tupelo. Contour’s parent company, Corporate Flight Management, has provided service between Tupelo and Nashville since April 2016 and is being paid more than $8 million for a two-year…


Drew Woman Held For Helping Parchman Escape

INDIANOLA, MS (Ben Caxton) — The Sunflower County Sheriff is holding 35-year-old Nicole Romero of Drew for conspiracy in connection with this month’s escape of two inmates from Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman. Romero was a guard at the prison. Her bond was set at $50,000. 22-year-old Ryan Young was…


University Of Mississippi Gets A New Provost

OXFORD, MS (Ben Caxton) — The University of Mississippi has named interim provost Noel Wilkin to the post permanently. Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter made the announcement Friday, saying the university chose the 21-year veteran to oversee academic affairs at Ole Miss following a national search. A pharmacy professor and graduate of…