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Trade Mart construction to start in the spring

By JACK WEATHERLY Construction of the Mississippi Trade Mart will start in the spring, with expected completion about two years later, Cindy Hyde-Smith, commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce said Tuesday. The 105,000-square-foot building will replace the 67,000-square-foot free-standing structure erected in 1975 that has become outmoded and has a leaky roof. The new mart will be attached to the east ...

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Mississippi’s trade mission to Cuba stymied by Trump orders

By JACK WEATHERLY With some exceptions, American travelers won’t be able to stay in famed writer Ernest Hemingway’s favorite Havana hotel. The Hotel Ambos Mundo is on the state Department’s restricted list issued earlier this month. One hundred and eighty government-owned businesses, including 83 hotels, are on the Cuba Restrictions List imposed on Nov. 9. What do the hotel restrictions have to do ...

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Legal Mississippi-made bourbon becomes a reality

By JACK WEATHERLY Soon, bourbon fans will be able to sip the first whiskey made legally in Mississippi since 1908. That’s when the state anticipated by some 10 years the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by banning the making and sale of alcohol in the Magnolia State. But Mississippi jumped on the prohibition band wagon. It was the first state to ratify the ...

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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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