UPDATE — David Watkins says JRA left him in dark about HUD's Farish St. involvement

By Ted Carter Farish Street Group principal David Watkins says he feels blindsided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s suspension of Farish Group from further involvement with HUD-funded projects. Watkins’ Farish Street Group until last October had a lease deal to transform downtown Jackson’s Farish Street into an entertainment district. He said […]

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Mad Genius, Eyevox owner acquires Mississippi Film Studios

RIDGELAND — Mad Genius Inc. and Eyevox Entertainment, LLC owner Rick Moore has acquired Mississippi Film Studios in Canton. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The move promises to continue the momentum Mississippi has made toward becoming a national player in the film industry. “This is the most significant announcement for the film industry…

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Payday lender expects clean bill from regulators

All American Check Cashing owner Michael Gray expects the Mississippi Department of Banking to renew his check cashing store license at the end of this month and close its investigation into illegal payday loan rollovers with no finding of wrongdoing. Gray Gray, in his first public comments since state regulators raided more than a dozen…

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MDEQ fines metalworking firm over hazardous waste

SENATOBIA — A Senatobia metalworking firm is paying $24,640 civil fine for failing to conduct inspections and mishandling hazardous waste Aluminum Extrusions agreed to pay the fine to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. An Aug. 4 order published by the department says that Aluminum Extrusions broke permit terms by not making inspections or keeping…

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PSC approves rate hike for Mississippi River Gas

FLOWOOD — Natural gas rates are going up for customers of Mississippi River Gas, LLC. The Flowood-based company serves almost 3,300 customers around Port Gibson, Fayette, Bogue Chitto, Tchula and Natchez. The Mississippi Public Service Commission approved the rate increases earlier this month. Customers will now have to pay a basic charge of $9 a…

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State’s 2014 death toll from West Nile grows to five

COAHOMA COUNTY and LEE COUNTY — State health officials are reporting two new deaths from the West Nile virus in Mississippi, bringing this year’s total to five. The deaths occurred in Lee and Coahoma counties. Other deaths have been reported earlier in Forrest, Madison and Yazoo counties. Reported were 12 new West Nile virus cases,…

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MBJ’s Mississippi Marketplace begins Friday as it celebrates 31st year with new name

The MBJ Business Marketplace gets under way today at the Mississippi Trade Mart at the fairgrounds in Jackson with a new name and new features. EVENT TICKET (Download, fill out and get FREE admission to the MBJ Business Marketplace) Formerly the Mississippi Business & Technology EXPO, the revamped and renamed Marketplace still is the largest…

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HCC works deal with MSU Extension Service for land to expand

RAYMOND — Hinds Community College will expand its nursing and allied health programs in Jackson after agreeing to move Mississippi State University Extension Service employees to college property in Raymond. The Hinds County Board of Supervisors voted Sept. 2 to accept the swap. The college will gain use of 11.5 acres and two buildings. President…

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HCC works deal with MSU Extension Service for land to expand

RAYMOND — Hinds Community College will expand its nursing and allied health programs in Jackson after agreeing to move Mississippi State University Extension Service employees to college property in Raymond. The Hinds County Board of Supervisors voted Sept. 2 to accept the swap. The college will gain use of 11.5 acres and two buildings. President…

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Grain buyer’s bankruptcy could take steep toll on Delta farmers

» Defaults on contracts and non-payment on grain already delivered are main worries The chapter 12 bankruptcy of a principal of Arkansas’ Turner Grain Co. and accompanying grain contract defaults could cost farmers in the Mississippi Delta “paper” losses of up to $70 million, according to a Greenville lawyer for several grain producers. Separate from…

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