Home » Author Archives: Jack Weatherly (page 55)

Author Archives: Jack Weatherly

Glenn McCullough ‘trained’ at TVA for his new job as MDA chief

By JACK WEATHERLY & TED CARTER Gov. Phil Bryant says he didn’t need to look outside of the state to seek his next executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority. He selected Glenn L. McCullough Jr. of Tupelo, who did a lot of work for his home state when he was running the Tennessee Valley Authority. In fact, Tupelo was the ...

Read More »

Updated: ‘Streamlined’ MDA debuts its analytical website

By JACK WEATHERLY  If it wants to remain competitive with other states, the Mississippi Development Authority needs to streamline and recognize that communications technology has changed. The agency has heeded those findings from a 2014 study funded by the Mississippi Economic Council, the state chamber of commerce. Streamlining means better delivery of services, said George Freeland, executive director of the ...

Read More »

Company: Natchez recycling plant to open in month

  MBJ staff and wire Company officials say Delta-Energy should start operations in Natchez within a month to five weeks. The company announced plans in February to open a carbon solids and hydrocarbon recapturing facility on 30 acres of the former International Paper property. Delta-Energy’s John Rollins told The Natchez Democrat the company has moved the equipment from its first ...

Read More »

Bids on reworking Interstate 55 stretch are rejected

By JACK WEATHERLY The Mississippi Department of Transportation has rejected all design-build proposals submitted for the Interstate 55 project that is from the I- 20 interchange and Byram. “After reviewing bids received April 17, it was determined the lowest bid had several major errors and could not be awarded,” MDOT Executive Director Melinda McGrath said Friday in a news release. ...

Read More »

Ex-movie maker returns to Jackson with plan for Internet TV network

By JACK WEATHERLY  Bob Schnitzer made a thriller film called “The Premonition” in Jackson in the mid-70s. Now he has returned to the capital, the scene of the movie intended to horrify, to set up an Internet streaming network whose intent is to heal. “Holistic” is the term Schnitzer uses for OTV, live and on-demand, which will emphasize “personal growth, ...

Read More »

Mississippi oil workers feeling effects of price downturn

By JACK WEATHERLY  Rosemary Smith built her oilfield rental business from the ground up over 30 years. And the foundations of her R&R Rentals and Hotshot Inc. have been shaken twice since then. In 2008, crude oil started the year at $92 a barrel, spiked to nearly $150 in July — due in part to speculation fueled by fears that ...

Read More »

Mississippi Power announces solar projects

MBJ staff Mississippi Power plans to become the second major utility in the state to announce a solar project of limited scope, it said in a news release. It is partnering with two solar businesses and the U.S. Navy to build two generating farms to produce approximately 53 megawatts,  enough  to power 7,800 homes, according to the utility’s Friday release. ...

Read More »

JACK WEATHERLY: Economic development in these parts is a ‘family’ business

It’s all in the family when it comes to economic development in the South, if things in these parts are any indication. And I suspect they are. The recent announcement that Mississippi’s top economic development official, Brent Christensen, is leaving for a similar post in Greensboro, N.C., brings this to mind. That, and in Arkansas, a new governor, Republican Asa ...

Read More »

Hosemann to launch crowd funding program

By JACK WEATHERLY  Crowd funding has been around for a few years. Sometimes it’s a shop that’s about to go under. Someone sends out the rallying cry and the money pours in, sometimes. And maybe there is a lasting benefit, maybe not. But the phenomenon has become more varied. And in some cases more sophisticated, with a longer-range perspective. By ...

Read More »

Bids on reworking Interstate 55 stretch are rejected

By JACK WEATHERLY  The Mississippi Department of Transportation has rejected all design-build proposals submitted for the Interstate 55 project that is from the I- 20 interchange and Byram. “After reviewing bids received April 17, it was determined the lowest bid had several major errors and could not be awarded,” MDOT Executive Director Melinda McGrath said Friday in a news release. ...

Read More »