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Toyota Celebrates Sale of 50-Millionth Corolla

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PLANO, Texas  (Courtesy: Toyota) – This past July, Toyota sold the 50-millionth Corolla, a milestone not just in Toyota history, but automotive history, as well. Now in its 12th generation and over 55 years in production, Corolla remains one of the world’s top-selling vehicles, earning buyers’ confidence and trust one car at a time. Toyota introduced the Corolla in 1966, and it arrived in the U.S. in spring 1968 as a 1969 model, starting at about $1,700. Gas cost $0.35 a gallon, and the median household income was $7,700. The No. 1 TV show in America was “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In,” and top hit songs that early Corolla drivers would have heard on the optional AM radio included Otis Redding’s “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay,” Simon and Garfunkle’s “Mrs. Robinson” and The Beatles’ “Hey Jude.” As the Corolla quickly evolved to offer more room, comfort and performance, it became a value benchmark in its class and grew into one of the largest branches in the Toyota family tree. Coroll

MMA President and CEO John McKay Testifies Before Tax Study Committee at State Capitol

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J ACKSON – MMA President & CEO John McKay testified before a Tax Study Committee Thursday at the Mississippi State Capitol to share concerns membership has about the elimination of a state income tax. The joint committee listened to witnesses Wednesday and Thursday as it prepares to introduces legislation that would eliminate the state income tax during next year’s legislative session. “When I go and speak to my members, especially about tax policy, three things tend to bubble up pretty quickly – simplicity, fairness, and predictability,” said McKay. “Predictability is a big one. If you’re running an analysis on your product and the sales figures and everything that goes into the manufacturing, you’re looking at least five years out. So anything that would add a shock to those numbers, we tend to get very nervous around that.” To watch his entire testimony from Thursday’s session, click  here  or click the video below.

MDEQ Recognizes 2020 and 2021 enHance Members

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JACKSON   (Courtesy: MDEQ)  —  The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) accepted one new member and six renewal memberships into its enHance program for the 2021 class on Wednesday. The recognition was part of the annual workshop and awards luncheon held in Jackson. The class of 2020 was also recognized due to the cancelation of the annual meeting last year. Three new members and eleven renewing members were part of that group. enHance  is a voluntary stewardship program that recognizes committed environmental leaders who accomplish goals beyond their legal requirements. Participating organizations make a commitment to address and achieve ongoing environmental improvements. enHance is open to facilities, cities, counties, and other entities who are interested in the program, and applicants can choose from three tiers: Leader, Steward, or Associate. “It is an honor to recognize these members that actively strive to reduce their wastes, reduce their environmental impact

Toyota Mississippi Donates 28 Corollas to Workforce and Fire Safety Training Organizations

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BLUE SPRINGS - Earlier this week, The Toyota Mississippi plant donated 28 Corolla sedans to community colleges and fire safety programs in North Mississippi. "We're going to be able to take these vehicles, and our students can enhance their high school skills and we can grow our own and keep our kids in our community," Deana Patterson, the work-based learning coordinator at ICC, told the Daily Journal. "We're going to be able to collaborate with the automotive services and collision repair programs and also also our welding program." The vehicles are used for training purposes, so they are not road-worthy.  The 28 vehicles went to a number of recipients. They are listed below: -East Mississippi Community College -Itawamaba County Career & Technical Center -Itawamba Community College -Lee County Career & Technical Center -Marion County Career & Technical Center -Pontotoc City School District -Birmingham Ridge Fire Department -Greenwood Fire Depart

Pfizer's COVID-19 Vaccine Receives FDA Approval

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  (Courtesy: Pfizer) - Monday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine has been known as the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, and will now be marketed as Comirnaty (koe-mir’-na-tee), for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in individuals 16 years of age and older. The vaccine also continues to be available under emergency use authorization (EUA), including for individuals 12 through 15 years of age and for the administration of a third dose in certain immunocompromised individuals. “The FDA’s approval of this vaccine is a milestone as we continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. While this and other vaccines have met the FDA’s rigorous, scientific standards for emergency use authorization, as the first FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine, the public can be very confident that this vaccine meets the high standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality the FDA requires of an approved product,” said Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Wood

NASA Looking for Applications to Agency's CubeSat Launch Inititative

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NASA -  Educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, and NASA centers can contribute to the study of Earth, its atmosphere, and beyond while helping NASA achieve its exploration goals through the next round of the agency’s  CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI) . CSLI provides CubeSat developers with a low-cost pathway to conduct research in space that advances NASA's strategic goals in the areas of education, science, and technology development. Schools, universities, nonprofit organizations, and NASA centers and programs can gain hands-on experience designing, building, and operating these small research satellites. Applicants must submit proposals  online  by 4:30 p.m. EST, November 19, 2021. To date, NASA has selected 202 CubeSat missions, 119 of which have been launched into space, with 59 more missions scheduled for launch within the next 12 months. The selected CubeSats represent participants from 42 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and 102 unique organization

U.S. Senator Roger Wicker Tests Postive for COVID-19

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WASHINGTON – The Office of Senator Roger F. Wicker Communications Director Phillip Waller today issued a statement after Senator Roger F. Wicker tested positive for COVID-19:  “Senator Wicker tested positive this morning for the COVID-19 virus after immediately seeking a test due to mild symptoms.  Senator Wicker is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, is in good health, and is being treated by his Tupelo-based physician.  He is isolating, and everyone with whom Senator Wicker has come in close contact recently has been notified.”

Miller's Mission: Ryan Miller Embracing the Mission of Accelerate Mississippi

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Ryan Miller’s view from his office on the 18 th floor of the Walter Sillers Building in downtown Jackson is symbolic of his new job as the Executive Director of Accelerate Mississippi - It’s broad and far-reaching, and goes well beyond what he can see from 180 feet up in the air. Despite that broad scope, he has a specific purpose, but that purpose is far from simple. Miller is tasked with answering a riddle that has puzzled business leaders and politicians in this state for years - How do we increase the number of skilled workers in the state and fill those open jobs?   “I really want to make sure that people and communities understand that I’ll listen to what you have to say,” Miller said. “Tell me what’s worked and what hasn’t worked. Tell me where you’ve struggled and where you succeeded. Teach me so that we, as a state office, can be a better teammate to you.   “And in some of these cases, they’ve heard what I’ve had to say before. And so, we’ve got a healthy skepticism, I think.

AP: U.S. Factory Production Sees Biggest Gains in Four Months

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. factory production in July posted the strongest gain in 4 months, reflecting a surge in production at auto plants that are still wrestling with major supply chain problems. Manufacturing output increased 1.4% last month following a decline of 0.3% in June, the Federal Reserve reported Tuesday. It was the best showing since a 3.4% gain in March. Overall, industrial production — which includes manufacturing, utilities and mining — posted a 0.9% increase, the best performance since a 2.8% surge in March. The mining sector, which includes oil and gas production, rose 1.2% as producers continued to ramp up production in response to rising prices for crude oil. Output in the utility sector fell 2.1% in July, as near record-high temperatures in the West were offset by cooler temperatures in other parts of the country. About half of the 1.4% gain in manufacturing output came from a 11.2% rise in the productions of motor vehicles and parts, reflecting the fact that many a

MDA Director John Rounsaville Stepping Down Effective August 31, 2021

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JACKSON, Miss. (Office of Governor Bryant)  — Mississippi Development Authority Director John Rounsaville is stepping down effective August 31, 2021. A search for his replacement will begin immediately. “Under John’s leadership, MDA administered $160 million in COVID-19 recovery funds to assist businesses, renters, healthcare providers, schools, and childcare centers. Under John’s direction, MDA increased the average annual capital investment into Mississippi in 2020 to $1.8 billion – doubling the prior ten-year annual average. The new Mighty Mississippi Program has increased recruitment efforts for economic development projects by more than 40 percent and the future of our economy will benefit. I wish John the best in his future endeavors,” said Governor Reeves.  Details regarding the search process will be announced in the coming weeks. “It has been a tremendous honor to serve Mississippi under the leadership of Governor Reeves.  I am confident MDA is on a strong trajectory and will

Registration is OPEN for 2021 PAC Golf Tournament and Environmental & Safety Conference

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  *photo courtesy The Refuge Golf Course Registration is open for the 2021 MMA PAC Golf Tournament and the Environmental and Safety Conference which will be held on October 20-22 at the Sheraton Flowood The Refuge Hotel & Conference Center. Here are registration details: Registration Fees $400 for members $900 for non-members * Cost includes registration to all conference activities, including continental breakfasts, lunches, receptions, and any handout materials Vendor Fees 8' x 8' MMA Member:  $900 8' x 8' Nonmember:  $1,900 (includes one-year MMA membership and two registrations) 8' x 10' MMA Member Vendor Fee (limited number):  $1,000 *Cost includes exhibit booth space with a display table, two chairs, company sign, and two complimentary registrations to all conference activities, including continental breakfasts, lunches, refreshments, receptions, and any handout materials Sponsorship and vendor opportunities are available .  *photo courtesy: Trip Advis

Clifton Carroll Named Director of External Affairs for Skills Foundation

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JACKSON -  Clifton Carroll is the new Director of External Affairs for the Skill Foundation, which is a non-profit organization focused on increasing the skilled workforce in our state. They work to engage private industry, communities, and state leaders for true public/private partnerships to grow the pipeline of skilled workers for the next generation of Mississippians. Prior to joining the Skills Foundation, Clifton worked both for Governor Reeves and the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency as a legislative liaison and policy advisor. There, he represented the Governor’s office and MEMA at the state Capitol, working with Legislators on policy initiatives and the budget. Clifton also worked on Governor Reeves’ 2019 Gubernatorial campaign as the Deputy Policy Director, where he advised the campaign on policy issues. The Skills Foundation is working closely with Accelerate Mississippi, the state’s new lead workforce development office, to bring public and private sector partners to