Chef John Currence was awarded the 2010 Restaurateur of the Year by the Mississippi Hospitality and Restaurant Association during an awards ceremony Monday.
The association accepted open nominations from operators throughout the state. The list of restaurateurs was reduced to a group of six finalists, including Currence. (June 11, 2010, Page 1A)
Although it still needs to be approved by the appropriate local review boards, plans for a new Hampton Inn East hotel were announced Thursday at the Oxford-Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce Dinner. (June 11, 2010, Page 1A, 3A)
Hollis Crowder was named Citizen of the Year at Thursday’s Oxford-Lafayette Chamber of Commerce dinner. Crowder, in only three years in Oxford, has become renowned for his generosity and volunteerism. Sam Haskell served as the guest speaker. (June 11, 2010, Page 1a, 3a)
The Oxford University Transit Commission approved a third bus for the green route and extended hours for several of the lines beginning this fall. During the summer, routes have been slowed down or discontinued to account for the lower ridership. (June 10, 2010, Page 1)
Neil Burton, a gifted-student teacher at Oxford Middle School, was one of several teachers who participated in the Mississippi Council on Economic Education’s Master Teacher of Economics program where teachers learn ways to bring lessons about financial responsibility, the economy and entrepreneur endeavors into the classrooms. (June 10, 2010, Page 1)
Each time a police officer or firefighter responds to a call, there’s a risk they may not return home to their families that day.
Everyone of them know the risk and still choose to spend their lives saving and protecting others.
Several Oxford lawyers will be making sure all first-responder’s families are also protected in the event of their loved-ones death. (June 10, 2010, Page 1)
The owner of the Eastgate Shopping Center parking lot on University Avenue is in favor of adding foliage to his black-top lot but would like the city to consider giving him a couple extra years to come up to code with the landscaping ordinance. The request is the first for the city since passing the ordinance in 2006 that requires all parking lots with over 100 spaces to have one tree per every five parking spaces. (June 9, 2010, Page 1, 12)
The Department of Energy has awarded $1 million to the National Center for Physical Acoustics at the University of Mississippi.
The center has been researching the use of wind farms as an alternative for electrical power. A wind farm is a group of wind turbines in the same location. Individual turbines are connected with a medium voltage power collection systems and communications network. At a substation, the current is increased in voltage with a transformer for connection to the high voltage transmission system. (June 9, 2010, Page 1)
A former insurance agent of record for Lafayette County is suing former and current county officials claiming they railroaded him into pleading guilty to crimes he didn’t commit.
The suit, filed May 27 by former insurance agent Ken Nowlin, also names attorney Tony Farese, whom Nowlin says failed to act in his best interest and coerced him into pleading guilty in 2007 to conspiring with former supervisor Gary Massey to scam the county. (June 9, 2010, Page 1)
The Oxford Police Department has some of the strongest and most fit officers in Mississippi — and they have the awards to prove it.
OPD joined 46 fellow law enforcement officers from Mississippi, Tennessee and Virginia for the first Southeastern Regional LawFit Challenge at Olive Branch High School. All four local officers taking part at the challenge took home awards. (June 8, 2010, Page 1)