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JACK WEATHERLY — Doe’s: the tradition comes to Ridgeland

Maybe Shakespeare got it wrong. A Doe’s by any other name probably wouldn’t be as big of a deal. The restaurant did a very low profile opening last week but the fact that it was half full anyway is testament to the name of the steak and tamales restaurant that dates to 1941 in Greenville. No advertising beyond the sign ...

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Township at Colony Park to build penultimate phase

By JACK WEATHERLY Kerioth Corp. is planning to add two hotels and a conference center as one of the last two phases of The Township at Colony Park. And latest aspect of the mixed-use development in Ridgeland will be in keeping with the upscale nature of the project that began 2003, said Kerioth President and Chief Executive Clint Herring. Two ...

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‘Serial entrepreneur’ Ed Meek keeps on pioneering

By JACK WEATHERLY Ed Meek admits to being a bit of a “tambourine shaker” who has found a way to parlay his journalistic skills into the creation of successful markets over a long career. It started with magazines – 14 at last count – and trade shows, whether it be nightclubs and restaurants, satellite dishes or furniture – and most ...

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Stars come out as sun sets on MEC’s Wilson era

By JACK WEATHERLY Blake Wilson bade farewell Thursday to the Mississippi Economic Council after 19 years of leading the state chamber of commerce. Wilson’s retirement, effective June 16, as only the third director of the 68-year-old organization, added a dimension to the annual meeting at the Jackson Convention Complex, which drew more than 2,000. The growth of the organization under ...

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UPDATE: Appeal coming after ruling in favor of Costco plan

  By JACK WEATHERLY Madison County Circuit Court Judge John Emfinger ruled Friday that developers could move forward with plans to build a Costco Wholesale store on the Highland Colony Parkway – a plan hotly contested by homeowners. On Monday, Sheldon Alston, attorney for the nine plaintiffs, said the ruling will be appealed to the state Supreme Court.  Emfinger held a ...

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Oxford-based company starts graphene association

By JACK WEATHERLY Graphene is the strongest and thinnest material in the world, and an Oxford-based company, New Media Lab LLC, aims to promote its commercial applications by forming the National Graphene Association (NGA). Graphene will eventually find its way into almost every field and will affect many facets of human life, including energy storage, electronics, smart textiles, sensors, medical ...

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Viking owner agrees to pay $4.65 million civil penalty over faulty stoves

By JACK WEATHERLY Viking Range LLC and Middleby Corp. have agreed to pay a $4.65 million civil penalty in connection with faulty gas cook stoves made by Viking between 2008 and 2014.  Elgin, Ill.-based Middleby bought  Greenwood-based Viking Range Corp. in 2013 for $380 million. In that period, the manufacturer received 170 reports of stoves starting on their own and ...

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Regions plans $23 million Hattiesburg facility, 90 more jobs

By JACK WEATHERLY Regions Bank announced Monday that it will build a 75,000-square-foot operations center in Hattiesburg at a cost of $23 million and add 90 jobs. The facility will accommodate employees now working in three locations in downtown Hattiesburg, the bank said in a news release. Birmingham-based Regions Financial Corp. is by far the largest bank operating in Mississippi, ...

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Po’ Monkey’s will rock the house again

By JACK WEATHERLY If you drive down a country road a mile or so west of Merigold next summer you might hear some familiar sounds above the crunch of the gravel beneath your tires. Not large farm machinery in the distance working the Delta land. It won’t be an illusion. It will be Po Monkey’s Lounge, the world-famous sharecropper’s shack turned into ...

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