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MSU adopts commercial tailgating policies

A few weeks before football season starts, Mississippi State has unveiled the state’s first set of regulations governing commercial tailgating companies. A school press release said the rules governing commercial tailgating companies — those that erect tailgate set-ups for customers — are designed to manage the industry’s expansion. A committee adopted the policies after studying […] [...]

Former GreenTech fundraising partner under federal investigation

One of the fundraising functions for GreenTech Automotive is under federal investigation related to President Barack Obama’s pick for the No. 2 spot at the Homeland Security Department. Gulf Coast Funds Managament, LLC, serves Mississippi and Louisiana under the EB-5 program, which allows foreign investors to earn permanent resident visas for investing in U.S. economic […] [...]

How much influence would Bennie Thompson have in an election to replace him?

Mississippi 2nd District Congressman Bennie Thompson, D-Bolton, was one of the names floated Monday as a possibility to replace outgoing Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano. Thompson has represented the 2nd District — which encompasses the Mississippi Delta and parts of Hinds County — since the early 1990s. His seat is considered the safest in the […] [...]

Puckett Machinery founder to receive Hall of Fame award

by Published: July 19,2013

Tags: Ben Puckett, manufacturing, Puckett Machinery

Jackson businessman and philanthropist Ben Puckett will receive the second-annual Rube Award at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum’s induction banquet Aug. 2. The Rube Award, named for long-time Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum executive director Michael Rubenstein, is awarded to the person whose love and passion for — and contributions […] [...]

Parkway move second blow to downtown Jackson this year

Parkway Properties will close its Jackson office by the end of this year. Parkway notified the office’s approximately 40 employees last week, a company spokesperson said. The real estate investment trust has its Mississippi offices in downtown Jackson’s One Jackson Place. It sold most of its Mississippi portfolio within the past couple years. The only […] [...]

Future work on fire-damaged Jackson Armory to be decided

Officials are assessing when construction work can continue on the old Hinds County Armory on Jackson’s Mississippi State Fairgrounds. The structure was damaged by fire July 2. Work started earlier this year on replacing the Armory’s roof, in an effort to keep the inside protected from the elements and help preserve the inside of the […] [...]

New tax ruling could give Department of Revenue huge appeal advantage

A June 20 decision by the Mississippi Supreme Court in a tax dispute between Equifax Credit Information Services and the Mississippi Department of Revenue severely damages the rights of taxpayers, said an attorney who practices tax law. The dispute arose over the company’s tax liability to the state. Using the standard apportionment method, Equifax computed […] [...]

Company, using MSU technology, plan biocrude production facility

Mississippi State University has granted a commercialization license to a Jackson-based company for a technology developed and owned by the university. The technology extracts oil from microorganisms. Bio Energy Spectrum Solutions, LLC, received the exclusive right to commercialize MSU’s patented technology involving extracting biocrude from oleaginous microorganisms, which are found in wastewater treatment facilities. The […] [...]

Lolly Barnes takes reins at Mississippi Heritage Trust

Lolly Barnes was recently named executive director of the Mississippi Heritage Trust. Barnes, a Biloxi native, brings 20 years of preservation experience to MHT. A Biloxi native, she received a B.A. in history from LSU, and a M.A. in history from the University of Southern Mississippi. Q — What’s the mission of the Mississippi Heritage […] [...]

Patrick Sullivan says state can have a global energy impact

Patrick Sullivan is president of the Mississippi Energy Institute in Jackson, an energy policy and research and development hub dedicated to helping Mississippi compete in the global energy sector. The institute was founded in 2009 under the Mississippi Economic Council, but is now a standalone, privately funded business. Its mission is to develop policies and strategies […] [...]

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