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Greg Word named senior vice president of Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership

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Greg Word has has been named senior vice president of the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership. Word will lead the organization’s economic development activities, as well as facilitate the Greater Jackson Alliance, the four-county economic development arm of the parent organization. Word has been with the Mississippi Development Authority the past two years.  Prior to his work with MDA, Word held positions with the ...

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Fitch: Kemper dealt another blow; downgrade pressure looms for Mississippi Power

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NEW YORK — Fitch Ratings sees mounting pressure on Mississippi Power Company’s Issuer Default Rating (IDR) following South Mississippi Electric Power Association (SMEPA)’s decision to terminate the Asset Purchase Agreement (APA) for a 15 percent ownership stake in the Kemper project. Fitch currently rates Mississippi Power’s IDR ‘A-‘ with a Negative Outlook. Fitch believes that finding another partner to replace SMEPA could ...

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Retired attorney, Lonnie Bailey, uncorks new winery in Greenwood

  Lonnie Bailey spent 32 years as an attorney with Upshaw Williams Bigger & Beckham in Greenwood, Mississippi. Even with his heavy caseload, Mr. Bailey still found time to indulge in his true passion. To friends and family, Mr. Bailey wasn’t their “lawyer friend,” he was their wine maker. “I’ve been making wine at home for years, but not enough ...

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Williams takes on role with State Workforce Investment Board

DENNIS SEID, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal After 30 years in the community college system, including the past 13 as vice president of economic and community services at Itawamba Community College, James Williams has a new job. Williams recently was named the executive director of the Mississippi’s State Workforce Board, and he hopes his experience in Northeast Mississippi will help bring ...

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Newk’s Eatery to expand in Louisiana and Texas

JACKSON — Newk’s Eatery, the fast-casual restaurant known for its culinary-driven menu and open kitchens, has announced a new development agreement with New Orleans-based Southeast Restaurant Group, founded by Elie Khoury. The operator of franchise and independent restaurants plans to open 15 Newk’s locations throughout Southern Louisiana and in Houston. With the new agreement, Southeast Restaurant Group becomes Newk’s largest franchisee. SRG ...

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Anderson Regional Medical Center announces new CEO

MERIDIAN — Anderson Regional Medical Center announced John G. Anderson, FACHE, as the new President and Chief Executive Officer. “We, as a Board, have every confidence in John’s ability to lead Anderson,” Dr. Joe Anderson, Chairman of the Board, told hundreds of community leaders and staff who had gathered for the announcement. “John has earned this position by working his ...

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Rice planting halted by frequent rains

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STARKVILLE — On paper, Mississippi’s rice crop is right on schedule, with half the crop planted by late April, but the reality is that recent rains have left planting at a near standstill. In the Crop Progress and Condition Report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated 49 percent of the state’s rice was planted and 30 percent emerged by April 26. Those ...

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BOBBY HARRISON: Legislature makes unusual constitutional argument

  Granted, it is an arcane point, but the irony of the argument the legislative leadership – Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and Speaker Philip Gunn – presented last week to the Mississippi Supreme Court cannot go without notice. For most of this year, the legislative leadership has been arguing against the citizen-sponsored education funding initiative that will be on the ...

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Metropolitan Banks first women’s forum a huge success

Cascading parasols in Duling Hall set the “high tea” theme for the event

Metropolitan Bank recently hosted the inaugural Metropolitan Women’s Forum.  The breakfast, held on April 21st at Duling Hall in Jackson, attracted over 100 influential women leaders from the Jackson area.  Metropolitan is a seven year old bank which recently reached $1 billion in assets, and boasts a very strong core of women leaders.  With this in mind, a few of ...

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Dan Mullen, Hugh Freeze to play in pro-am Thursday

Dan Mullen, head football coach at Mississippi State University, and Ole Miss head football coach Hugh Freeze will headline a group of 212 community leaders, business executives and elected officials playing in the C Spire Pro-Am golf event on Thursday at Fallen Oak in Biloxi. Freeze, Mullen and other amateur golfers will play alongside 53 professional golfers from the PGA ...

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