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Officials second-guess store security law

JACKSON — Some Jackson officials are questioning whether a new city law on convenience store security is enforceable, and some store owners say the law will unreasonably increase their costs of doing business. The city council voted last month to require each 24-hour convenience store to have a security guard on duty from midnight to 5 a.m. Convenience stores that ...

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TVA increases EnergyRight cash incentive payments

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — The Tennessee Valley Authority and local electric utilities are offering a 100 percent increase in cash incentive payments to businesses and industries that participate in the EnergyRight Solutions for Business and Industry program. Effective immediately, TVA will increase the cash incentive payment from 5 cents to 10 cents for each kilowatt-hour saved by businesses that enroll in ...

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SBA-Mississippi sets another quarterly record

JACKSON — The U. S. Small Business Administration Mississippi District Office has set another record for federal fiscal year 2011 (Oct. 1, 2010 to Sept. 30, 2011). A total of 749 loans were approved for Mississippi small businesses totaling a record $274,032,500. Janita R. Stewart, district director of the SBA in Mississippi, said, “We also set a record in fiscal ...

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Cochran: 'Underestimating syndrome' hurting disaster funding

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) says budgetary “underestimating syndrome” skews congressional and public understanding of the federal funding needed to address disaster recovery. Cochran serves on the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee that conducted a hearing Wednesday afternoon titled “The Federal Role in Disaster Recovery and Response.” The hearing featured testimony from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) ...

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Some make first appearance

This year’s Mississippi 100 has many companies that are “veterans” of the ranking, all very familiar to regular followers of the Mississippi 100. However, each year a new crop appears on the list. Ronald Tubertini, president and CEO of Southgroup Insurance Services, was in Texas when he got the news that Southgroup had made the 2011 Mississippi 100 for the ...

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New Coast CVB leader, Beth Carriere, touts tri-county marketing initiative

As a 20-year veteran of the tourism industry, Beth Carriere is pleased that the business sector now sees tourism as an important part of the state’s economic mix. The new executive director of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau is also excited about the move toward a united three-county Coast tourism initiative. “I’m thrilled to see support and ...

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Tagert brings strong background in public policy and waterways to Transportation Commission

The newest and youngest member of the Mississippi Transportation Commission, Northern District Commissioner Mike Tagert of Starkville has been on a unique learning curve since he joined commission after winning a special election in early February. “There are a lot of projects on the table, and I inherited a budget in mid process,” said Tagert. “I am simply trying to ...

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Thomas joins Phelps Dunbar

Phelps Dunbar LLP has hired Eugenia “Genie” Stark Thomas in the firm’s Jackson office. Thomas has joined the firm as counsel practicing in the area of healthcare law with a focus on general compliance advice, RAC and audit advising, Medicare reimbursement and coverage advice, RAC and other Medicare audit appeals, healthcare operational contracting, IT contracting, medical office leasing and HIPAA. ...

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McAlister’s is this year’s biggest jumper

McAlister’s Deli started out in a converted gas station in Oxford in the early ‘90s, and has since grown into a powerhouse on the southeastern dining scene. The casual dining chain has opened 15 new locations in 2011, pushing its total number of locations over 300. That’s one reason why McAlister’s is this year’s biggest mover in the Mississippi Business ...

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