No tuition increase this year at East Central

DECATUR (AP) - Authorities at East Central Community College say tuition will not increase this year.

College President Billy Stewart tells WTVA-TV the decision to hold tuition at current levels was approved by the college Board of Trustees on May 13.

The action came after the Mississippi Legislature increased funding for community colleges. East Central officials expect enrollment to increase by about 100 students over the next year.

Tuition for in-state students will remain at $990 per semester. Students who reside out of state or out of country will continue to pay an additional $1,050 per semester.

East Central Community College is based in Decatur. Its primary service area includes Winston, Neshoba, Newton, Scott and Leake counties.

Tower International expanding in Meridian

MERIDIAN (AP) - Auto parts manufacturer Tower International has announced it add 83 jobs in Meridian as part of a $15 million expansion.

Gov. Phil Bryant and Tower officials made the announcement Thursday.

Livonia, Michigan-based Tower says it is adding new stamping and assembly processes in its existing 410,000- square-foot Meridian plant. The company employs about 240 people in Meridian.

Jim Bernard, Tower's president of the Americas Region, says in a news release the expansion will accommodate existing and new contracts.

The Mississippi Development Authority provided assistance in support of the project for infrastructure improvements and building modifications. Lauderdale County and the city of Meridian provided assistance, as well.

In addition to Meridian, Tower has an operation in Canton near Nissan where it has more than 250 employees.