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Mississippi drafts on U.S. economy in July

By MBJ STAff Mississippi’s Leading Index rose in July for the fourth straight month, but that’s despite itself. The national economy is pulling the state along with its improving performance, according to the University Research Center of the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning. “The only component [of the index] specific to Mississippi that rose in July was building permits,” the ...

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Central Mississippi a seller’s market for houses

By JACK WEATHERLY Central Mississippi continues to be a seller’s market for homes, with the median sales price rising 6.5 percent in July compared with a year earlier. The midpoint price of a house sold in that period rose to $189,000 from $177,500, according to the Central Mississippi Multiple Listing System. Also, days on the market were down 23.8 percent ...

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Gulfport builder wins $68 million Ingalls contract

By JACK WEATHERLY Gulfport-based Roy Anderson Corp. has been awarded a contract valued at approximately $68 million by Huntington Ingalls Inc. for the East Bank Revitalization project in Pascagoula. The project is part of Huntington Ingalls’ plans to reactivate its shipbuilding facilities on the East Bank of the Pascagoula River, which were heavily damaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Work ...

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Po’ Monkey’s items to be auctioned

By JACK WEATHERLY Po’ Monkey was not a rolling stone. He stayed put for decades in a shack on flat Delta farmland near Merigold. Willie Seaberry (aka Po’ Monkey) left the house for the last time in July 2016. But his spirit is still in much demand. In fact, the decorations in his juke house will be sold in auction ...

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Sub-dome maker celebrates $4.6M expansion, creation of 46 jobs

By JACK WEATHERLY Seemann Composites celebrated on Wednesday the company’s new submarine bow dome production facility in Gulfport. The project, a $4.6 million corporate investment, accommodates a contract with General Dynamics Electric Boat for the U.S. Navy and creates 46 jobs. “Thousands of workers on the Mississippi Gulf Coast are engaged in the production of some of the most sophisticated, ...

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Farmers to get aid on Chinese tariff impact

By JACK WEATHERLY Willard Jacks, Mississippi representative on the American Soybean Association board, said in June regarding the looming Chinese tariff that “we’ve got a couple of months to get this resolved.” While the two countries have not resolved the issue, the United States has come up with a stopgap measure. That was announced Monday, about two months later. U.S. ...

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Robocalls grow and PSC looks for a better defense

By JACK WEATHERLY Brandon Presley Hacking invades the sanctity of the computer of a person, business or government agency. And it grabs the headlines. Another kind of intrusion doesn’t draw nearly the public attention but “robocalls” can invade the privacy in a different way. And such calls are growing exponentially. The Mississippi Do Not Call List “works wonderfully” for those ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — Book festival: the written word, things left unsaid and mysteries

JACK WEATHERLY It’s probably safe to say that the sanctuary of the Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church hadn’t seen such a crowd since a revival service back in the old days. The gathering Saturday at the 102-year-old building in downtown Jackson was overflowing on both levels. It was just one session of more than 40 with over 160 authors holding ...

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Aplós opens in Highland Village

By JACK WEATHERLY Alex Eaton says the cuisine at his Manship Wood-Fired Kitchen, opened in October 2013, is “Mediterranean with Southern roots.” The latest restaurant opened Aug. 6 by Eaton and business partner Steven O’Neill is simply Mediterranean. The name of the restaurant, Aplós, is Greek for “simple.” That’s because of a distillation of all those cultural influences, says Eaton, ...

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Highland Village adds three, loses one

By JACK WEATHERLY August has been a good month for Highland Village overall, as the upscale shopping center in northeast Jackson has added two retailers and a restaurant. Vineyard Vines, as in Martha’s Vineyard in Cape Cod, is a self-styled preppy shop that features a smiling pink whale as its good-times logo. Two brothers, Ian and Shep Murray, are celebrating ...

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