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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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Cochran: South Korea wants Mississippi-built radar for fighter upgrades

The office of Sen. Thad Cochran has released a statement announcing South Korea’s decision to supply its fighter aircraft with Mississippi-built radar systems. The announcement comes as international tensions increase between U.S.-backed South Korea and an increasingly militant neighboring North Korea and its leader Kim Jon-Un. The Republic of Korea Air Force reportedly selected the Active Electronic Scanned Array (AESA) ...

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Fear Fete comes back to haunt D'Iberville

“Do you like scary movies,” asked the villainous slasher Ghostface of Wes Craven’s chilling “Scream” series. The Gulf Coast apparently does. The third annual Fear Fete Horror Film Festival says it will haunt the Grand Theater 18 in D’Iberville on October 18-20th. Fear Fete has been one of the South’s premier horror film festivals, showcasing many of the world’s best independent ...

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Do ya Doonya? Bollywood exercise comes home to Mississippi

Doonya, a Bollywood-dance inspired fitness & media company, is promoting a new video series that brings Old World dance with New World exercise. Laurel native and co-owner Kajal Desai talked with MBJ-TV earlier this week about the physical benefits of the workout and how it is sweeping larger markets in Washington D.C. and Los Angeles. Desai says Doonya (which means ...

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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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Rural Physicians Scholarship program gets new director

The Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program has a new executive director. Lena native Jennifer Wahnee Sherman has taken the reigns of the program, which was founded to relieve the state’s shortage of primary care physicians in rural areas by awarding state-funded scholarships to medical students committed to practicing back in their under-served hometowns. From the University of Mississippi Medical Center Division ...

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