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Middleby CEO: Viking staying in Greenwood is ‘not negotiable’

Viking Range Corp. will focus on what made the company successful in the first place — building high-end kitchen appliances in Greenwood. That was the primary message Middleby Corp. CEO Selim Bassoul laid out during a press conference one day after 20 percent of Viking’s workforce was terminated. Of the layoffs, half were in Greenwood. Despite that, Bassoul said Viking ...

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A nice tax surprise for April

Anytime I write about financial products that are also offered through my practice, I run the risk with this column of taking what some may view as unfair advantage of promoting products I also happen to write. While I think my many years of writing a financial column has dispelled this notion, I am sensitive to this criticism and do ...

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Saving downtown Jackson and big dollars to boot

Say a cash-strapped state like Mississippi had an opportunity to save tens of millions of dollars on office space in the coming decades while injecting new economic life into its capital city. How fast would you give the idea a thumbs-up – or at least an in-depth ? State Sen. David Blount wants the state to initiate a phased-in consolidation ...

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Looking for a bright future for people of Mississippi

From Will Loftin’s perspective as senior vice president and consumer banking executive for Regions Bank, the future looks bright for Mississippi. Loftin is responsible for consumer banking operations in the central and southern parts of Mississippi, representing 80 branches and more than 600 employees. Statewide, Regions has more than 146 branches and over 1,600 employees. In a recent meeting at ...

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MBA program returning to Hattiesburg

The next couple of years will be key to the University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Business, with the return of the MBA program to the Hattiesburg campus, the selection of a new dean and the opening of a new building to house its students, faculty and staff in Hattiesburg. Budget cuts in 2010 forced the suspension of Hattiesburg’s MBA ...

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Oxford tackles city's white tail deer population

The City of Oxford’s white tail deer management plan, which allows bow hunting within the city limits, is just completing its third year, and while the program is still battling some growing pains, the city’s “deer guy” says the program appears to be showing some returns. “We’re still waiting on hard numbers from this year’s season, but we’re getting reports ...

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Lawmakers see savings and consequences in state office consolidation

State Sen. Kenneth Wayne Jones of Madison County says saving state jobs may make it a worthwhile tradeoff to relocate more than a dozen state offices out of his county to downtown Jackson. Sen. Will Longwitz, Jones’ Madison County colleague, is not convinced. Nor is Tim Coursey, Madison County’s chief economic developer. The Legislature must take a real close look ...

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