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State film office, film festivals mark milestones, continue to grow industry

Look out Georgia and Louisiana. The Mississippi Film Office, the Mississippi Development Authority’s extended economic hand to Hollywood, is celebrating its 40th year of operations and many premier film festivals are ready for another summer of marketing the state to the inner echelons of the film industry. In the last two decades alone, producers, location scouts and film crews have ...

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Clinton's Monument Coffee is a "glorified walk-in closet"

Typically when Monument Coffee Company owner Jerry Watson interviews job applicants he wants to know if they have any babysitting experience. While the Memphis native does consider the Clinton drive-thru coffee shop his baby, there is a deeper meaning to the question as he hunts for traits of stewardship and accountability in each potential employee. “We look for folks who ...

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From Bibles to Bee Gees

Charles Sproles calls it “a God thing.” Norris Bookbinding Co. in Greenwood has spent more than half a century covering the bookbinding needs of the country from Bibles and rare books to periodicals and genealogy. “We give all the credit to God for keeping us around,” Sproles says. “I don’t know why He’s still got us here.” Founded in 1947 ...

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Blackberry Records executive, entertainment lawyer break down gospel industry’s roots and future

Gospel music has come a long way from the days of pews, robes and organs. While other music genres are seeing some sales decline, gospel sales are solid and more radio stations and labels are bending an ear to the next generation of the multi-million dollar industry while older performers continue to sell out venues with live performances. Blackberry Records ...

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EXPO honors Mississippi’s future

The 2013 Mississippi Business Journal Business & Technology EXPO wouldn’t be complete without its annual “Top 40 Under 40” awards luncheon. The popular program was recognized last year for its twentieth year of honoring the state’s young luminaries; the best and the brightest of both the private and public sectors. “It’s always a good class, you can’t go wrong,” says ...

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Breakfast recognizes past, present

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Combine that with some of the most important women in Mississippi, and you get the 2013 inaugural “50 Leading Business Women” alumni breakfast. The April 4 event is 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Mississippi Trade Mart in Jackson. It will honor past winners of the popular Mississippi Business ...

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Country Squire builds legacy as state's oldest tobacconist

Tobacco is as much a part of the Old South as bourbon and blueticks. There’s a light-hearted exchange on the leaf’s virtue in the 2003 Civil War movie “Gods and Generals.” “Colonel Stuart, do you use tobacco?” Confederate general Stonewall Jackson asks a junior officer. “No sir, not in any form,” answers Stuart. “Neither do it,” Jackson replies dryly, “I ...

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Brandon realtor wants harp renaissance in Mississippi

  Mandy Mangrum’s harp knows who the real star of the show is. Foregoing any gold leaf gilding, cherubs, flowers or other design ruffles, the stately, wooden Lyon & Healy Style 85 model leaves all of the flourishes to the capable fingers of its owner. “The Style 85 concert grand has less intricate detail but I like it. I think ...

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Federal prosecutor’s memoir highlights his law and order career

Retired federal prosecutor John Hailman’s book “From Midnight to Guntown” is a page-turning, tell-all of some of the U.S. Attorney Office’s best-known as well as obscure cases in North Mississippi from bank robbers to corrupt supervisors. With twisty plots and colorful characters reminiscent of a John Grisham thriller, Hailman offers a candid and captivating perspective on 30 years of federal ...

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