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Bryant names new MDEQ director

Special to the MBJ Gov. Phil Bryant has named Gary Rikard to succeed Trudy Fisher as executive director of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. Fisher, who has served as executive director since 2007, has announced her intentions to return to the private sector at the end of the summer. “Trudy has worked tirelessly in her capacity as executive director, ...

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Uncle Ben's Greenville hires director of manufacturing

Jair Cole has accepted the position of Director of Manufacturing for Uncle Ben’s in Greenville. Beginning Monday, Cole will be responsible for directing the overall operations of both Uncle Ben’s Greenville and Bolton sites and ensuring efficient and safe manufacturing practices. The position also has responsibility for associate development and engagement at sites. Cole’s previous experience includes working at PepsiCo ...

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Greenwood, Cleveland earn National Main Street accreditations

Special to the MBJ Main Street Greenwood and Team Cleveland Main Street have been designated as accredited National Main Street Programs for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its partners announce the list of accredited ...

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D'Iberville casino approved; Diamondhead site rejected

The Mississippi Gulf Coast is gaining one casino, but a second casino proposal was denied by the Mississippi Gaming Commission at its monthly meeting Thursday in Jackson. After receiving approval for its financing plan, Land Holdings 1 was given the okay to begin construction on the Scarlet Pearl casino, which will be located east of Interstate 110 on the Back ...

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SBA disaster loan application deadline is Monday for Tupelo, Louisville

Disaster Loan Outreach Centers in Louisville and Tupelo will cease operations at the close of business Monday, the U.S. Small Business Administration said in a news release today. Monday is also the final day to file an SBA Disaster loan application, including homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes for physical damage caused by severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that ...

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Jackson to host free fireworks and show July 3 at Smith Wills

Special to the MBJ The City of Jackson will host its first Fireworks Extravaganza July 3 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Smith Wills Stadium, 1200 Lakeland Dr. The event, which the city hopes to hold annually, is free and open to the public. The event will feature a 20-minute fireworks display and entertainment for children and adults, including ...

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Wendy Scott new dean at Mississippi College Law School

Special to the MBJ Wendy Scott will soon make history as the first African-American to serve as dean at the Mississippi College School of Law. This summer, the accomplished lawyer, legal scholar and administrator also becomes the second women to lead Baptist-affiliated MC Law. On August 11, Scott succeeds Dean Jim Rosenblatt, who helped build the law school’s regional and ...

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Gaming revenues down again in May

The fall in gross gaming revenues at Mississippi’s 30 casinos continued in May, according to figures released by the Mississippi Gaming Commission. Statewide, revenue fell from $192.2 million in May of 2013 to $171.8 million this year that’s a drop of 10.6 percent. As has been the trend, the Mississippi River casinos, which stretch from Natchez to Tunica Resorts, were ...

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MBJ wins 14 awards in MPA newspaper contest

The Mississippi Business Journal won 14 awards, including eight first place awards and finished second in General Excellence Saturday at the Mississippi Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest at the IP Biloxi Resort and Casino. The MBJ competed in the Weekly Division B category along with other mid-size weeklies. Contest entries were from newspapers in Mississippi for work published in 2013. Staff writer ...

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