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CAREY-ED SPECIALIST DEGREE

William Carey new degree: specialist in education

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - William Carey University is offering a new online degree for administrators and teachers who want to help other teachers improve classroom instruction.

Ben Burnett is dean of the school of education. He says the 30-hour degree would be above a master's degree but below a doctorate. It's called specialist in education with instructional leadership concentration.

He tells the Hattiesburg American it will interest principals, master teachers and lead teachers.

It will include lectures, videos and chats.

The school has sent 1,200 emails to educators across the state to announce the degree. Burnett says he's also received queries from students in New Orleans and China who saw it advertised on the university's website.

Students who take two courses a term can finish in two years.

DOWNTOWN JACKSON PARTNERS

State auditors investigating Jackson nonprofit

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi attorney general's office says the state auditor is investigating the nonprofit that promotes and markets Jackson's 66-block core. The office also says Downtown Jackson Partners executive assistant Linda Brune has registered as a whistleblower.

Board chairman David Watkins tells the Clarion-Ledger that Brune has been fired because four boxes of records from 2010 and 2012 are missing.

Her attorney, John Reeves of Jackson, says Brune did not take anything and is a hero for reporting alleged wrongdoing.

The newspaper says copies of documents show the nonprofit bought $18,000 worth of furniture from a company owned by a board member's daughter--in-law, and spent $1,230 on a meal for nine.

Partners president Ben Allen says said lavish spending sometimes is needed when trying to lure big-league investors.

TAYLOR BRIDGES

Progress made on Taylor bridges

TAYLOR, Miss. (AP) - The state Department of Transportation is expected to start work in October to repair or replace eight bridges along Mississippi Highway 328 in the Taylor community of Lafayette County.

Taylor is located south of Oxford in north Mississippi.

Northern District Transportation Commissioner Mike Tagert tells The Oxford Eagle one of the bridges that has been closed for several months - and one of the most heavily traveled - has been made a priority and will be repaired first.

The Transportation Department announced work on the bridges would begin June of 2013. Budget constraints pushed the bridges back to 2014.

So far, the bridges are in the early stages of construction which involves grubbing and clearing debris and vegetation from around the bridges.

SWEET POTATO-FIELD DAY

Sweep potato crop topic of field day event

PONTOTOC, Miss. (AP) - Sweet potato growers, crop consultants and other agricultural professionals will learn about current research and market issues during a field day program Aug. 20.

Researchers and specialists with the Mississippi State University Extension Service and the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station will be featured at the event at the Pontotoc Ridge-Flatwoods Branch Experiment Station in Pontotoc on Mississippi Highway 15 South.

Topics include nutsedge management, production and variety trials and herbicide carry-over to corn. There also will be discussion of alternative rotational crops, such as grain sorghum and sesame.

A Mississippi crop report also will be presented.

A sweet potato soil fumigation rig designed by Mississippi State University engineers will be demonstrated.

CORINTH-CENTER FEES

Fees rising at Corinth center

CORINTH, Miss. (AP) - The city of Corinth is doubling the fees it charges for use of the Johnson Street Community Center.

The Daily Corinthian reports the increases were recommended by an advisory committee that oversees the city-owned center.

The action by the Board of Aldermen raises the fee to $50 for up to four hours of use, an increase from the current fee of $25. For up to eight hours of use, the fee rises from $45 to $100.

A fee of $50 will be applied for use of the center's new kitchen facilities.

The center is made available free for some activities, such as senior citizen and scout group meetings.

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