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Tornado-damaged telecom tower cripples farming efforts

Even if their farms were not in the path of the April 11 tornado, hundreds of farmers will feel the loss of the massive communications tower in Noxubee County. The 300-foot-tall microwave tower located in the middle of a soybean field just northeast of Macon provided about 200 farmers and others with broadband Internet and with GPS signals that guide ...

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Late plantings could dim prospects for price premiums through early crop deliveries

Nervousness has not yet set in among Mississippi’s row crop growers but they nonetheless would welcome some dry days to get more planting done. Continuation of the rainy days much past mid April could stir some concern, said John Michael Riley, agricultural economist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service. Corn typically starts going in during early March. Frequent rain ...

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Highway revenue study committee to start work in May

One of the last things the Senate did before adjourning the first week of April was pass a resolution forming a committee to study revenues and expenditures deemed necessary to expand and maintain Mississippi’s highways. The committee will have 19 members, and its findings will be presented to the entire Legislature next session. Members have to be selected by the ...

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Millsaps class finishes up Fondren theater market research project

The developers of a proposed dine-in theater in Fondren will soon have some market research to serve as a guide moving forward. A marketing class at Millsaps College wrapped earlier this week a survey designed to gauge overall demand and consumer interest in certain parts the theater, which is being developed by Jackson attorneys Jason Watkins and David Pharr. The ...

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State film office, film festivals mark milestones, continue to grow industry

Look out Georgia and Louisiana. The Mississippi Film Office, the Mississippi Development Authority’s extended economic hand to Hollywood, is celebrating its 40th year of operations and many premier film festivals are ready for another summer of marketing the state to the inner echelons of the film industry. In the last two decades alone, producers, location scouts and film crews have ...

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Jackson faces geographic challenges on warehouse distribution front

Warehouse distribution centers are going to become more prominent than ever once an expanded Panama Canal opens in early 2015 and greatly increases an already-enormous volume of retail goods coming into the United States from China and the rest of Asia. Jackson, though a trucking and rail crossroads, could have a difficult time taking part in the distribution center boom. ...

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Road building chief frustrated by lack of highway funds

Mike Pepper had just stepped out of a meeting during yet another long legislative session. The frustration was evident in his voice. It hasn’t been very fun being executive director of the Mississippi Road Builders’ Association lately. Pepper has watched a wobbly economy and dwindling state funding rob his members of work. So, he almost scoffed when asked if he ...

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Mississippians may top obese list because they're too honest. Do you fudge on your weight?

Here’s a pretty interesting story from Mike Oliver at al.com. According to a survey at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Mississippi and Alabama may rank highest in obesity rates because Southerners are more truthful when asked about their weight. The central United States actually may be slightly more obese when scales are brought into the process. Here’s the link ...

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Non-residential contractors finally hear good news

While there has been a fair amount of good news lately about a rebound in homebuilding in Mississippi and across the U.S., commercial contractors have been waiting impatiently for a little sunshine to come their way. Perhaps their long wait is over. “I’m cautiously optimistic,” said C.J. “Buddy” Edens, president of the Mississippi chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors ...

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