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Tool firm moving to Ripley, creating 10 jobs

MBJ staff North Mississippi Tool Inc. is relocating its operations from Booneville to Ripley in a $700,000 corporate investment that creates 10 jobs. The company, which specializes in tool and die manufacturing for customers such as Winchester, Plumrose, American Pipe, SMW and CECA, is relocating its operations to better serve its customers. The company is renting a facility from CECA ...

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Northpark owner buys theater, but may repurpose

By Jack Weatherly No one was in a hurry to buy the building that houses the UA Northpark 14. That was obvious after its owner, United Development Co. of Southlake, Texas, put it on the market in early 2016. It failed to get a buyer in more than two years. The owner then tried to auction the 36,000-square-foot building and ...

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The most-recent of three hotels announced for the Fondren District in Jackson is in first place in development

By JACK WEATHERLY The most-recent of three hotels announced for the Fondren District in Jackson is in first place in development. Steel has risen on the Homewood Suites project site by the Ridgeland-based Heritage Hospitality Group, while two other projects announced two years earlier have yet to break ground, though spokesmen for both said about a year ago that dirt ...

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ROSS REILY: On Sept. 11, it’s the silence I remember

ROSS REILY It’s still hard to watch. In fact, most times I will turn my head or focus on something else when the images come on the screen. It was 17 years ago that my wife and I stood on the streets of New York and watched, in stunned silence, as the towers of the World Trade Center fell to ...

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Mayor: City earmarking property tax increase for road repair

A south Mississippi city is raising taxes to pay for more roadwork. WDAM-TV reports the city of Laurel is raising property taxes by 4 mills, or $40 on a $100,000 house. The City Council approved the tax increase as they approved the city budget beginning Oct. 1. Laurel Mayor Johnny Magee says the money will be earmarked to repair roads. ...

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Trump tweets ‘total endorsement’ for Hyde-Smith

Cindy Hyde Smith President Donald Trump tweeted his “complete and total endorsement” Thursday for a Republican who was appointed to the U.S. Senate in Mississippi and is running in a November special election. Trump tweeted that Cindy Hyde-Smith supports a border wall, “is helping me create Jobs, loves our Vets and fights for our conservative judges.” In a second tweet, ...

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More signatures turned in for Arkansas casino proposal

Supporters of a plan to legalize casinos in Arkansas have submitted thousands of additional signatures to try and get their proposal on the November ballot. Driving Arkansas Forward on Tuesday submitted 43,952 signatures to the secretary of state’s office for the proposed constitutional amendment the group is advocating. The proposal would expand casino gambling at a Hot Springs horse track ...

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Prosecutors charge top figure in $400M-plus pharmacy fraud

Federal prosecutors are filing criminal charges against a pharmacist they say is one of the central figures in a $400 million health care fraud. Thomas E. Spell Jr. of Ridgeland was charged Wednesday with one count of attempt and conspiracy to commit health care fraud. Spell faces a charge filed by prosecutors, not an indictment, often a sign a defendant ...

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