By Jeff Amy Associated Press JACKSON – Mississippi’s jobless rate dipped slightly in December, but the state continues to have the highest unemployment rate of any state nationwide. The jobless rate fell to 7.2 percent, down from 7.3 percent in November and 7.8 percent in December 2013. The decrease was driven by people leaving the […]

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Gov. Phil Pryant, from left, talks with United Furniture executives Sammy Simmons, Larry George and Doug Hanby following the formal announcement that the company will open a new production facility in Verona.

By Dennis Seid Daily Journal VERONA – Equipment is being installed at United Furniture Industries’ newest production plant as it gets ready to open in two weeks. But one critical component is missing: employees. The company, which already employs more than 1,600 people at five facilities in Northeast Mississippi, is looking to fill 300 jobs […]

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JNS Biofuels, located on Highway 15 in New Albany, was rocked with an explosion a year ago. It is now rebuilt with a lot more storage capacity.

By Dennis Seid Daily Journal NEW ALBANY – A year after an explosion ripped apart the JNS Biofuel plant, the facility appears ready to reopen. But nobody is quite sure when that will happen. The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality says the 823 Mississippi Highway 15 plant has received the necessary permits to start operating, […]

By William Moore Daily Journal VERONA – More than 120 small farmers from across the region gathered at the Mississippi State Research & Extension Center to not only network with each other, but also to learn about programs and assistance. “We wanted to introduce the local farmers to the state stakeholders,” said Carolyn Jones, director […]

My son hates Common Core. He’s a 12-year-old middle-schooler who complains about having too much homework and having too many tests. So far, he’s an almost all-A student. He does have a stubborn B in math. I joke with him that Asians are supposed to be good with math. He doesn’t ask me for much […]


I have always had a fascination with behavioral science. Some people are just interested in what people do, but I have always been interested in why people do. I took a class in nonverbal behavior in college. We called it body language. I have used what I learned in that class over and over again […]

Q. My mom and dad always told me to live below my means, but they never showed me how to make it happen. I’ve gotten out of debt and fallen back in several times. I want to get control of my money and stop busting my budget. How do I keep from falling back again? […]

By Jeff Amy Associated Press JACKSON – University of Mississippi Medical Center officials say they’re planning a $150 million expansion of Batson Children’s Hospital to make room for more operating rooms, an imaging center, clinics and a revamped neonatal intensive-care unit. Dr. James Keeton, vice chancellor for health affairs at the medical center, says that […]

By Dennis Seid Daily Journal TUPELO – It’s been a little more than eight years since a delegation from Mississippi that included officials from the Tupelo Furniture Market, the Community Development Foundation, Mississippi State University and the Appalachian Regional Commission met with industry counterparts in China. Next month, a delegation from the Peoples Republic of […]