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Lauren Rogers Museum of Art renovations near completion

When it comes to delicate logistics, one South Mississippi renovation project tops the list. A miscue here, and an irreplaceable world treasure could be compromised. The Lauren Rogers Museum of Art is nearing completion of construction that includes a new gallery, additional storage space and an expanded loading dock. Funded by a $5-million fundraising campaign ($3 million for the project, ...

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Kirkland Hair is staying on the cutting edge

Jim McFadden still chokes up when he tells the story of Jackson barber Jeri Kirkland’s funeral. “She was a great lady,” he says of his mother-in-law. “She had a congressman be her pallbearer. She had some of the top Jackson businessmen carry her to her grave. Kings carrying their servant to her grave.” Business would go on at Kirkland Hair ...

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Prize-winning investigative reporter’s memoir released this month

“Scoop” is another fine example of a Mississippi publishing house presenting a book written by and about an outstanding Mississippian. It’s Jack Nelson’s memoir and was edited after his death by Matusow, his wife of 35 years. She will be at the 20th-annual Oxford Conference for the Book March 22. Nelson died in 2009 at age 80. Nelson is legendary ...

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Henry shows others by reaching back and giving

Julius Caesar is quoted as saying, “Experience is the teacher of all things.” For leaders, this means that each day is the opportunity to learn, grow, and become a better leader. We can learn from the examples of good and bad leaders and improve upon our own style. We are all leading and extending influence at some level. The question ...

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Help with manufacturing exports on tap for Feb. 7 Indianola seminar

Mississippi manufacturers that want to begin export operations or expand current ones can get details on resources and other help available to them at a Feb. 7 workshop in Indianola sponsored by the Delta Regional Authority. Mississippi State University’s Franklin Furniture Institute is hosting the Getting to Know Your Export Resources workshop. It is funded by the Delta Regional Authority. ...

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Jackson's own Papa Peachez wows on "American Idol"

Jackson resident Papa Peachez made it through a successful audition Wednesday night and secured a spot on Season 12 of Fox’s “American Idol.” Self-described as “a big black woman trapped in a little boy’s body,” Peachez said he enjoys dancing and working with Jackson’s homeless population. While Idol judge Keith Urban found Peachez to be too theatrical, the young Jacksonian ...

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CEO Fred Carl resigns as Viking empire crumbles

Viking CEO Fred Carl has resigned from the company he built as Middleby Corp. confirmed Thursday afternoon that it had laid off earlier in the day 20 percent of Viking Range’s 700 employees. Middleby spokesperson Darcy Bretz said in an email to the Mississippi Business Journal that the cuts were made “across the Viking enterprise.” She said half the layoffs were ...

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Kemper rate mitigation bill similar to 2009 Georgia law

Four years ago, lawmakers in Georgia’s General Assembly approved a bill designed to lessen the rate shock for Georgia Power Co. customers related to the utility’s construction of nuclear power units. Mississippi lawmakers are considering a similar bill for Mississippi Power Co.’s Kemper County coal plant. >> Read complete story here …  

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MBJ ANALYSIS: Businessman promising $1.1 billion steel plant in Arkansas has failed to deliver on big projects announced in Mississippi

John D. Correnti, the businessman Arkansas is counting on to deliver “the largest economic development project in the state’s history,” a proposed $1.1 billion steel mill in Mississippi County in northeast Arkansas, has recently failed to deliver on promises for big projects in Mississippi. Tuesday Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe announced that Correnti’s Big River Steel LLC, Blytheville, plans to build ...

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MBJ ANALYSIS: Businessman promising $1.1 billion steel plant in Arkansas has failed to deliver on big projects announced in Mississippi

By BECKY GILLETTE John D. Correnti, the businessman Arkansas is counting on to deliver “the largest economic development project in the state’s history,” a proposed $1.1 billion steel mill in Mississippi County in northeast Arkansas, has recently failed to deliver on promises for big projects in Mississippi. Tuesday Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe announced that Correnti’s Big River Steel LLC, Blytheville, ...

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