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Farm Bill and Sen. Thad Cochran are important to Mississippi

How important is the Farm Bill to Mississippi? The answer is the same as for this question – how important are farms and forestry to Mississippi’s economy? Well, 65 percent of Mississippi’s 30 million acres of land is forest land. Approximately 125,000 landowners participate in $1.17 billion in forestry production per year. Forestry is the focus of Title VIII of ...

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Blue Cross Blue Shield expects new owner of HMA's Mississippi hospitals to help control costs

Community Health Systems of Franklin, Tenn., has completed its acquisition of Hospital Management Associates in a $7.6 billion deal that gives CHS ownership of 12 of HMA’s former Mississippi hospitals and medical facilities, including four in metro Jackson. The transaction creates the nation’s second largest for-profit hospital chain by revenue, with more than 206 hospitals in s in 29 states. ...

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GLENN MCCULLOUGH — Keeping the lights on in polar vortex cold temps

Last week (Jan. 24) TVA met a record breaking winter demand for electricity generating 33,345 megawatts as temperatures across the seven-state Tennessee Valley averaged 7 degrees F. This is TVA’s highest demand for electricity since the summer of 2007 (TVA records summer and winter peaks) and the third highest demand for electricity in the TVA’s 81-year history. Thanks to talented, ...

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Bid to consolidate state offices into Central Business District passes first test

A revived move to consolidate far flung state government office space into Jackson’s Central Business District won unanimous approval Monday afternoon from the Senate Public Property Committee. The bill’s main selling point is the prospect of shaving around $5 million a year off the state’s current $16 million annual leasing costs, as well as the prospect for saving money from: ...

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NEWK'S TURNS 10 YEARS OLD — Restaurant takes fast-casual to next level

In June 2006, Chris Newcomb surveyed his newest Newk’s restaurant location in Flowood. The eatery that began in Oxford had come out of the gates running in 2004, and Newcomb made it clear that his mission was to see more Newk’s in more locales. When asked that day what his future plans were for the then-new fast-casual restaurant, Newcomb told ...

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Mississippi's business incubators hatch success stories

There are 20-plus business incubators throughout Mississippi nurturing startups until their owners are ready to graduate and leave for their own location. The incubator experience gives the new ventures a boost in longevity. “We do know that when people are part of an incubator organization, they stand an 80 percent chance of succeeding,” said John Brandon of the Mississippi Development ...

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NEW & IMPROVED — With Business Marketplace, the MBJ puts a new slant on an old standard

The state’s largest business-to-business networking event will unveil a new name and a new format when it opens for its 31st year on April 3 at the Mississippi Trade Mart at the fairgrounds in Jackson. The MBJ Business Marketplace — formerly the Mississippi Business & Technology EXPO — will now allow vendors to sell their wares on the showroom floor. ...

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