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VIP Cinema Seating continues growth in New Albany

By LISA MONTI  Moviegoers want more for their ticket price than a blockbuster drama or comedy. They want gourmet snack food, a superior sound system, high-tech screens and a plush seat like the one back at home in front of their giant TV screen. In other words, they want the whole movie-viewing experience. That’s exactly what Stephen Simons and VIP ...

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Stennis scientists in Mississippi develop app to track seaweed

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By LISA MONTI  Last year beaches along the Gulf and other temperate waters worldwide were inundated with Sargassum, the free-floating tangle of reddish-brown seaweed that causes problems for fishermen, boaters, tourists and residents. In some places, drifts of the smelly seaweed were piled several feet high. So far in 2015, scientists say, there is a large amount of Sargassum in ...

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Island View unveils new hotel tower in Gulfport

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By LISA MONTI The local owners of Island View Casino Resort in Gulfport unveiled their 18-story hotel April 29 for guests and officials from the Coast and Jackson. Rick Carter and Terry Green invested $58 million in the tower which had been vacant since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The beach tower was built on a 10-acre site on the south side ...

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History on the web: Bay St. Louis uses website to foster historic preservation

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By LISA MONTI The Bay St. Louis Historic Preservation Commission believes its new website is a unique tool that can show residents locally and elsewhere the economic benefits of caring for historic districts. The new site, www.HistoricBSL.com, was unveiled at this week’s City Council meeting by architect Kevin Fitzpatrick, the HPC chairman, and Ellis Anderson, a commission member who was among ...

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Ridgeland firm — First Class Linens — keeps restaurant linens sharp

It’s a dirty job cleaning restaurant napkins and hotel sheets by the thousands but Ridgeland-based First Class Linen LLC has turned its linen rental and cleaning business into annual sales of around $10 million. First Class Linen was founded in 2003 by Bert Rubinsky, who serves as the company president, and Kenny Perry, vice president of operations. It serves restaurants, ...

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EastGroup makes ‘trustworthy’ list again

By LISA MONTI  EastGroup Properties Inc. of Jackson has once again earned a spot among Forbes Magazine’s 100 Most Trustworthy Companies in America. EastGroup, a self-administered equity real estate investment trust that focuses on industrial properties in major Sunbelt markets, also made the list in 2010 and 2012. The annual list is produced by MSCI ESG Research which screened more ...

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Banking association ‘hit a home run’ with women’s conference

By LISA MONTI About 150 women attended the 2015 Women in Banking Conference March 24 in Jackson. The third annual conference provided women bankers with information on how to be successful in the financial industry and also was an opportunity for them to network with their peers and talk about career challenges and solutions. “The MBA Women in Banking Conference provides ...

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State development agency program helps business owners access new opportunities

By BECKY GILLETTE How important are the Mississippi Development Authority programs that help minority and women-owned business owner learn how to access opportunities to get government contracts? First, government is big business and the largest employer in Mississippi. Second, with 51.4 percent of the state female, and 37 percent African American, a large segment of the state’s population fits underneath ...

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Mississippi geography offers engineering challenges

By LISA MONTI If you look at the geography of Mississippi with an engineer’s eye, you can see some of the challenges those professionals face in their practices. “Mississippi is an interesting state for structural design,” said Jason McQueen, president of the Structural Engineers Association of Mississippi. “On the Coast there are design requirements for hurricanes and floods. In the central ...

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Most businesses already have guidelines in place if same-sex marriage becomes law

By LISA MONTI  If and when Mississippi allows same-sex marriage, employees at large companies in the state likely won’t see any changes in their insurance and employee benefits. That’s because major automakers, aerospace companies and others already offer equality benefits plans. “When you look at some of the top private sector employers in Mississippi like Nissan and Toyota, these are ...

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