Archive for November 9th, 2012

City, county at odds over future of Delta hospital

Greenwood — The Greenwood City Council has voted 4-2 against seeking bids on the possible sale of the publicly owned Greenwood Leflore Hospital might be worth. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports the council’s decision came Wednesday. The Leflore board of supervisors voted 3-1 this week to seek proposals from potential buyers. The 208-bed hospital is owned […] [...]

Construction show/mission to be held in Caribbean

JACKSON — The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) invites Mississippi businesses to participate in a building/construction exposition and business development mission from March 1-7, 2013, in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Haiti. The event will connect Mississippi firms in the building and construction industry with business opportunities in these three Caribbean markets. During the trip, […] [...]

Freeman, Luckett to auction off contents of closed restaurant

by Associated Press Published: November 9,2012

Tags: auction, close, closure, contents, food, food service, furnishings, restaurant, sale, sell

CLARKSDALE — Actor Morgan Freeman and his business partner are auctioning the contents of their upscale restaurant in the heart of the Mississippi Delta. The Madidi Restaurant in Clarksdale closed in February. At 9 a.m. Tuesday, auctioneer Nick Clark will open bidding on a laundry list of restaurant items, from the glasses to the tables […] [...]

Man gets three years in prison for contraband cigarettes

OXFORD — An Arkansas man has been sentenced to three years in prison for his role in the trafficking of contraband cigarettes. James B. Trosper, of Rogers Ark., pleaded guilty in 2011 to three counts involving the scheme. WTVA-TV reports Trosper was sentenced in federal court in Oxford. Prosecutors said Trosper and others were involved […] [...]

Retailer signs warehouse lease; creating hundreds of jobs

by MBJ Staff Published: November 9,2012

Tags: distribution, employee, employer, employment, job, lease, retail, retailer, retailing, storage, warehouse, warehousing, work, worker

OLIVE BRANCH — Philadelphia-based specialty value retailer Five Below has signed the lease for a new distribution center in Olive Branch. Terms were not disclosed. The 600,000-square-foot facility, located at 9105 Hacks Cross Road, is Five Below’s second distribution center and will allow the company to more quickly and efficiently supply stores in the South […] [...]

Board reinstates contract to elevate State Port pier

by Associated Press Published: November 9,2012

Tags: contract, elevate, elevation, hurricane, pier, port, storm, storm surge, travel, traznsporation, tropical, Weather

GULFPORT — The state port commission board has reinstated a $19-million contract to elevate the first 37 acres of the West Pier for storm-surge protection, with the understanding the final elevation would be lower than previously intended. The Sun Herald reports W.C. Fore Trucking Inc. was hired yesterday to raise the acreage by about 10 […] [...]

Alternative fuel refinery kicks into production

COLUMBUS — Alternative fuel firm KiOR says it started production in October in Columbus, and plans to make its first commercial shipments before November’s end. CEO Fred Cannon told analysts on a conference call the technology is working “and producing a high-quality oil. I am extremely pleased with the performance of our technology at Columbus.” […] [...]

No decision rendered in BP oil spill fairness hearing

NEW ORLEANS — BP and attorneys for businesses and people who lost money in the Gulf oil spill urged a federal judge yesterday to give his final approval to a class-action settlement. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier heard arguments from lawyers who negotiated the deal as well as other attorneys who have objected to parts […] [...]

State plans to demand refund from Handy Hardware

Handy Hardware, a Texas-based hardware store cooperative, plans to close its two-year-old Meridian warehouse on Dec. 31, laying off 109 workers. The Mississippi Business Journal earlier reported the facility was closing after receiving a release from the Office of Mayor in Meridian. Mississippi Development Authority spokesman Dan Turner said the state contributed a $3.6 million […] [...]

Committee chair vows to work on bond package next session

by Associated Press Published: November 9,2012

Tags: apprpriation, bond, borrow, building, construction, credit, debt, finance, lawmaker, legislation, legislative, legislator, loan, state government

JACKSON — The Mississippi House and Senate will try to agree on a package of long-term borrowing next year, after failing to authorize one this past spring, a top lawmaker said. Senate Finance Committee chairman Joey Fillingane, R-Sumrall, said leaders want to cover the state’s needs without creating too much bond debt. The state issues […] [...]

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