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Mississippi company signs deal to provide power poles to Puerto Rico

By JACK WEATHERLY The Thomasson Co. of Philadelphia has signed a contract to provide 1,000 utility poles to the Puerto Rican national utility. The U.S. territory in the Caribbean was ravaged by Hurricane Maria in September and its power company is running at about half capacity. Brent Gray, president of Thomasson, said the $1 million contact is for 55-foot wooden ...

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Restaurateurs dive into the barbecue pool

By JACK WEATHERLY There are dozens of restaurants that specialize in barbecue in the Jackson area. So what makes David Raines and Steve and Lisa Beagles think they can take a bite out of that market? For Raines, it’s because the success and hurrahs for his Flora Butcher Shop, which opened in 2016 and specializes in above-prime waygu beef. Playing ...

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Second phase of Smith Park renovation underway

By JACK WEATHERLY The second phase of the restoration of Smith Park in downtown Jackson is underway. Concrete water courses with “boulders” are being removed and earthen berms will be leveled before the greensward is resodded, according to a release from Downtown Jackson Partners. A safety fence has been erected around the park, which will be closed for two months during ...

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Higginbotham sells Porsche dealership; new owner plans expansion

By JACK WEATHERLY Higginbotham Automobiles LLC announced on Wednesday the sale of the Porsche of Jackson dealership so it can focus on growing its Mercedes-Benz of Jackson dealership. Higginbotham is selling the Porsche dealership to Smith Automotive Group of Delray Beach, Fla. Greg Peeples, who is general manager for the Porsche dealership, said he will remain in that position for Porsche ...

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9-screen movie house doesn’t make cut at Eastover, but food hall will

By JACK WEATHERLY The District at Eastover had for several years touted a nine-screen luxury movie theater featuring as one of its assets in the mixed-use development in north Jackson. But developers Breck Hines and Ted Duckworth found that the rent was too high for theater operators, Hines said in an interview Monday. So no theater with reclining chairs, good ...

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UPDATE: Leasing agents say Northpark will undergo $50 million redo

By JACK WEATHERLY The official plans had not been made public, but leasing agents reached out in advance on Tuesday to say Northpark Mall in Ridgeland will undergo a $50 million upgrade. Brooks Corr of Retail Specialists LLC of Birmingham told the Mississippi Business Journal  that work on the 958,000-square foot mall on County Line Road will begin in the first quarter. Najla ...

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Broadband – fast or faster – expanding across state

By JACK WEATHERLY Mississippi ranks at or near the bottom in broadband Internet service in the United States. Recently, two providers have expanded their service to parts of the state that are underserved, or depending the assumptions, unserved by high-speed broadband connections. Most recently, AT&T announced it is offering its service in parts of 46 counties in Mississippi. Based on ...

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Electricity from Texas wind farms could cross Mississippi

By JACK WEATHERLY Green energy is eyeing Mississippi again. But this project is not another experiment that offers the state ground-floor entry into a new market. Such as the failed cellulose-to-fuel KiOR plant or Mississippi Power’s idled coal-gas fuel-powered electricity generation plant. Or the failure of two solar-panel manufacturing plants. The taxpayer was left holding the bag in the failed ...

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Restaurant meal delivery service launches in Jackson area

By JACK WEATHERLY Delivery is in the forefront of the U.S. economy it seems. Whether its Amazon buying up Whole Foods and getting groceries to the doorstep, or Wal-Mart and Kroger making deliveries to homes, the “last mile” seems to be the watchword. Enter Waitr into the Jackson area market. Starting Thursday, about 40 restaurants will deliver meals for a ...

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Trustmark net income up for third quarter

By JACK WEATHERLY Trustmark Corp. announced net income of $34.57 million, or 51 cents per share for the third quarter, compared with $30.98 million, or 46 cents per share, a year earlier. The results, which were released after market on Oct. 24, beat Wall Street expectations, according to the Associated Press. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment ...

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