WDAM – GOP gubernatorial candidate Waller attends Shelby retiree day

GOP gubernatorial candidate Waller attends Shelby Retiree DayOne of the candidates for Mississippi governor was at Camp Shelby Thursday for an annual National Guard Retiree Day ceremony.

Retired Mississippi Supreme Court chief justice and Republican candidate Bill Waller, Jr. attended the event at the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum.

Waller served in the National Guard for 30 years and just retired from the state’s High Court in January.

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CLARION LEDGER – Andy Gipson: Out-of-state interests mobilizing against Mississippi’s working forests

Andy Gipson is commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce.Based in Asheville, North Carolina, they call themselves the “Dogwood Alliance” – and they’re against pretty much anything that comes from the forest.

In March, the group’s executive director penned an op-ed in The Hill, a Washington D.C. publication, arguing against using trees for building products, paper, packaging, or energy. They effectively oppose the entire forest products industry, which supports more than 2 million jobs nationwide.

Now, they’re coming here.

This month, Dogwood and their out-of-state allies will travel to Mississippi to protest the construction of a renewable wood energy facility in Lucedale set to create 100 direct jobs and hundreds more indirect and related jobs in George County, while increasing earning potential for local landowners.

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CLARION LEDGER – Ex-Kemper plant manager says execs ignored her warnings: “It was essentially a coverup”

Kelli Williams was a construction site manager at the Kemper power plant in eastern Mississippi that overran budgets and deadlines. "It was essentially a cover-up," Williams said.Kelli Williams said the feds haven’t contacted her yet.

But if they called, Williams said she would tell them about the deceit, fraud and cover-up she saw firsthand.

Williams was a construction manager at the Kemper County power plant, which is now the subject of a second federal probe.

The plant was supposed to use new technology to burn cheap, wet coal found in eastern Mississippi without sending plumes of smoke into the atmosphere.

Leaders across the globe watched the years-long project to see whether “clean coal” was truly feasible.

It was a $7.5 billion flop.