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Three Roberts hotels sold at bankruptcy auction; Walthall not included

A hearing is set for April 3 in St. Louis to finalize the sale of three hotels owned by St. Louis-based Roberts Cos., owners of downtown Jackson’s shuttered Roberts Vista Hotel. The Jackson property, known for several decades as The Walthall, is not among the Roberts hotels to be sold April 3. The 85-year-old East Capitol Street landmark is in ...

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McCULLOUGH: President Obama makes good call for DOE Secretary

America is blessed with abundant energy resources, a strong energy infrastructure and people skilled to deliver affordable, reliable energy. To lead our nation to great energy security, President Obama has nominated a man of deep qualification, seasoned experience and proven leadership ability. Ernest J. Moniz graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. degree in physics from Boston College. He earned ...

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WISEMAN: Where does Mississippi fit with new county census data

A graduate student managed to ruin my last day of spring break. It all had to do with my last lecture before the break and a Census Bureau report that she forwarded to me and which caused me to reach for my calculator. The story, written by Hope Yen of the Associated Press and appearing in Yahoo! News, centered on ...

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(Update) Final price made Clinton's South Pointe the pick for new Revenue Department HQ

Aggressive last-minute price cutting did the trick for Clinton’s South Pointe Business Park in the competition to become the new home of the Mississippi Department of Revenue, the state says. The selection came down to price, with representatives of the former WorldCom headquarters presenting a lease offer too attractive to pass up, said Kevin Upchurch, executive director of the state ...

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Ala. contractor wins Baptist demolition/renovation contract

JACKSON — Brasfield & Gorrie was recently awarded a multi-phase nursing unit renovation project at Baptist Medical Center in Jackson. The project will consist of the complete demolition and renovation of approximately 156,000 square feet of existing nursing units. The cost of the project was not disclosed. Birmingham, Ala.-based Brasfield & Gorrie will work with Dean and Dean/Associates Architects, The ...

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Transportation researchers, leaders talk composites

STARKVILLE — Researchers and leaders in the transportation industry gathered recently at Mississippi State University to explore the possibilities of a technology that the university reports is revolutionizing the design, production and use of land, air and sea vehicles. Participants discussed how to overcome barriers using composite materials by creating partnerships that serve manufacturing needs and research interests. Composites are ...

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SoS receives nearly 200 bids for tax-forfetied properties

MERIDIAN — The Secretary of State’s Office recently received 183 bids to purchase 103 parcels of tax-forfeited properties in Meridian and Lauderdale County, effectively returning more than $62,000 to local property tax coffers. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said, “Tax-forfeited properties are a blight on the community. Returning these properties to private taxpaying ownership also cleans up our neighborhoods and ...

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Bank raises $20M through private stock placement

HATTIESBURG — The First Bancshares Inc., the parent company of The First, A National Banking Association, has completed a private placement of Series D Nonvoting Convertible Preferred Stock, $1 par value. The First raised $20 million in new capital through a private placement of 1,951,220 shares of its Series D nonvoting convertible preferred stock at a price of $10.25 per ...

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G-P planning seven-state expansion project

ATLANTA — Georgia-Pacific is developing plans for potential investments, which total nearly $400 million, in its plywood and lumber operations. The company has approved funding for significant engineering and is evaluating facilities in a number of southern states, including North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas and Texas. The effort would increase Georgia-Pacific’s overall capacity by approximately 20 percent. ...

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Board says it supports Bryant on teacher requirements, but…

JACKSON — The Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning has passed a resolution outlining its position on increasing teacher preparation program entrance requirements at public universities in Mississippi. The resolution outlines the Board’s ongoing support for improving teacher quality and the impact a quality teacher has on students in the classroom. The vote came after Gov. ...

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