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Newk’s Eatery named to QSR Magazine’s top franchise deals

Newk's Eatery

QSR Magazine has named Newk’s Eatery, the fast casual restaurant known for its culinary-driven menu and open kitchens, a top pick for franchisees looking for concepts that deliver a “mutually beneficial relationship.” Fast-growing Newk’s, with more than 80 locations throughout the South and Southeast, was one of 12 concepts recognized by the respected restaurant trade publication. QSR called Newk’s a “rising star,” with a ...

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Weatherly has deep roots in Mississippi agriculture

Oktibbeha County Master Gardener Charlie Weatherly pauses July 23, 2015 beside some of flowers growing in the Veterans Memorial Rose Garden, which he helped establish at the R.R. Foil Plant Science Research Center at Mississippi State University. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kat Lawrence)

STARKVILLE — Long before Charlie Weatherly earned the state’s 2015 Master Gardener of the Year honor, his family roots were dug deep into the Mississippi soil. Although he retired from Mississippi State University in 1997, Weatherly has not strayed far from the land-grant institution’s campus or mission. How could he? As a child, he frequently came to campus with his father, Ernest, ...

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Heat not helping state’s corn crop

The majority of the state’s corn is rated in good or excellent condition despite spring rains that delayed much of the crop and recent detrimental heat. This photo was taken June 12, 2015 in Sunflower County. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kat Lawrence)

STARKVILLE —  Wet spring weather prevented Mississippi farmers from planting as many corn acres as they intended, but despite the heat, the crop is mostly looking good in fields across the state. “We should have a good crop this year, but it won’t be a record,” said Erick Larson, Mississippi State University Extension Service corn specialist. “The planted acreage is down from ...

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Thomas Blanton’s response to Bill Crawford column

letter to the editor

Response to Bill Crawford column: July 19, 2015 (BILL CRAWFORD: Blanton, court make higher rates likely for MPC customers) Misinformation is the worst kind. Mississippi Power used to be a beloved part of South Mississippi. However their corporate culture has transformed itself over the past few years. In the past it did not threaten its customers, subject its customers to ...

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Price, numbers are up for beef cattle in state

Shade from the summer sun is necessary to keep cattle cool and their food intake high. These cattle were at the Mississippi State University Leveck Animal Research Center in Starkville July 8, 2015. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kevin Hudson)

  STARKVILLE — Record beef cattle prices are making Mississippi producers happy to be in the business this summer. Brian Williams, a Mississippi State University Extension Service agricultural economist, said 400- to 500-pound Mississippi calves are selling for $282.50 per hundredweight, and 700- to 800-pound steers are selling for $200 per hundredweight. “Mississippi feeder cattle prices are higher this year than a ...

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Seraphim Solar to build manufacturing facility in Jackson; says will create up to 250 jobs

solar

Chinese solar panel maker Seraphim Solar announced Wednesday that it will invest $50 million to open its first U.S. factory in Jackson. The company said it will hire 250 workers over its first five years to assemble solar modules. City spokeswoman Shelia Byrd said the city is in final negotiations on incentives, but said she didn’t know when an agreement ...

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Madison named best place to live in Mississippi

Madison_Caboose

According to homesnacks.com, Madison is the best place to live in Mississippi. The website also seemed to like town that were a suburb of Jackson, while not necessarily liking Jackson. Here is some of that the website had to say … Mississippi is a truly glorious state. A place of historical relevance, high religious identity, deep cultural roots, and perhaps, ...

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Ole Miss earthquake expert explains Madison tremors

Earthquake

Although Mississippi residents are unaccustomed to earthquakes, such as the 3.2 magnitude earthquake that shook Madison County the morning of June 29, the state is no stranger to earthquakes, said Charles Swann, associate director for state programs at the Mississippi Mineral Resources Institute. Swann’s research on earthquakes at the MMRI shows that the state has a number of epicenters running ...

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MDA names new deputy director, Mike McGreavey

Mike McGreavy

Mississippi Development Authority has announced Mike McGrevey has joined the agency as deputy director, effective July 6. McGrevey comes to MDA from the city of Meridian, where he served as chief administrative officer responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the city, including economic development and working to improve the city’s  infrastructure. “Mike has a proven track record and a remarkable professional ...

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Catfish producers see lower costs, high demand

With consumer demand high and input costs down, Mississippi catfish producers are stocking their ponds at high rates this year. (File Photo by MSU Ag Communications)

RAYMOND — High consumer demand and lower input costs have Mississippi catfish farmers filling their ponds to the brim. “Consumer demand has stayed pretty high, and that has farmers stocking at high rates, even though pond acreage is down by almost 8 percent from last year,” said Jimmy Avery, Extension aquaculture professor at the Mississippi State University Delta Research and Extension Center ...

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