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Natchez a winner in a tri- and bi-centennial whirl

By JACK WEATHERLY jack.weatherly@msbusiness.com Natchez’ 300th birthday last year was big for the antebellum tourist destination on the Mississippi. Next year, the city of 15,000 is counting on a fair number of travelers making their way to New Orleans for its tricentennial celebration. “We have three historic communities in the Deep South that are two years apart on their 300th ...

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Noted chef, partners buy Parlor Market, place a bet on Jackson’s downtown

By JACK WEATHERLY jack.weatherly@msbusiness.com Restaurateur Derek Emerson has made an industry name for himself – reaching the semifinals of the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chefs of the South four times. He’s done that from his base in Fondren and Ridgeland. Now he’s betting on downtown Jackson. He and his wife, Jennifer Emerson, are now two of six owners of the ...

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New center lands Hobby Lobby, Academy Sports

Work has begun on a $21 million shopping center called Crawford Farms in Madison. Hobby Lobby and Academy Sports will be in the first phase of the 38-acre development at the intersection of Highway 463 and Welch Farms Road, east of Interstate 55. Those two stores will make up 120,000 square feet. “Preleasing for the second phase is underway and ...

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Soybeans still the king on the row-crop chess board

By JACK WEATHERLY jack.weatherly@msbusiness.com Market conditions and the weather have played their role in the annual shifting of acreage devoted to row crops in Mississippi. Cotton acreage is up 26 percent from 2016. Corn is down 25 percent and rice acreage is down 38 percent. And soybeans are up 10 percent, according to the acreage report from the USDA. But ...

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Po’ Monkey’s still silent a year after Seaberry’s death

By JACK WEATHERLY jack.weatherly@msbusiness.com Plans for reopening Po’ Monkey’s Lounge, a famous juke house in the Delta, are up in the air. Daniel Morris, attorney for the Willie Seaberry estate, said in April that Seaberry’s heirs wanted to reopen the place around July 14, the anniversary of the death of Seaberry, aka Po’ Monkey. That didn’t happen. Closing out the ...

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PSC starts clock ticking on resolution of Mississippi Power case

  By JACK WEATHERLY The latest chapter in the saga of Mississippi Power Co.’s troubled 582-megawatt “clean coal” power plant in Kemper County started Thursday. “The clock starts ticking today,” Public Service Commission Chairman Brandon Presley said of the order laying out what the PSC says are Mississippi Power’s options. The plant, construction of which began in 2010, was initially ...

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THE POWER TO SAVE MILLIONS — Entergy cuts costs for customers $118M over 3 years by joining MISO

By JACK WEATHERLY Entergy Mississippi Inc. saved customers about $118 million in the three years after joining a regional transmission organization, the Mississippi Public Service Commission said in a release on Thursday. Entergy Corp.’s four southern utilities joined the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) on Dec. 19, 2013, after a lengthy regulatory review and cost-benefit analysis. The savings have exceeded ...

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Highland Village: the more it changes, the more it’s the same

By JACK WEATHERLY Masa Liles, general manager of Highland Village, thinks of herself as a curator. Selecting new pieces and keeping certain “old” pieces has been the signature approach since the shopping center was opened in 1972. In an era when naysayers are predicting the demise of shopping aggregations, especially enclosed malls, Highland Village closes in on 50 years in ...

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Sanderson Farms sued over ads that allegedly mislead

By JACK WEATHERLY Several consumer advocacy groups have sued Laurel-based Sanderson Farms Inc. for allegedly using antibiotics and other chemicals in its chicken that the producer advertises as “100% natural.” The Organic Consumers Association, Friends of the Earth and the Center for Food Safety filed the complaint June 22 in the U.S. District Court for Northern California against Sanderson, the ...

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Mississippi Power suspending Kemper coal operation pending PSC showdown

  By JACK WEATHERLY Mississippi Power Co. and its parent, the Southern Co., issued a statement Wednesday saying that the coal-gasification operations at the Kemper County power plant will be suspended and natural-gas operations would continue. The statement came as a Mississippi Public Service Commission hearing approaches on Thursday, July 6, to determine the future of the project that is years behind ...

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