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DORSEY CARSON: Let’s do the simple but hard thing on infrastructure

by Published: December 12,2014

Tags: Business, JACKSON, Mississippi, NEWS, Politics

As I walk door-to-door through neighborhoods during our campaign for Jackson City Council, there is one thing strikes me over and over: the vast quantity of treated water that I see running down our curbs, flooding our streets, and overloading our already-stressed sewer system.  To date, the solution to our water problems being proposed by […] [...]

Tay’s Barbecue grows its family-style restaurant, catering business in Pascagoula

by Published: December 12,2014

Tags: Business, Gulf Coast, Jackson County, Mississippi, NEWS

By Tammy Leytham It’s not the sauce that holds the secret to Tay’s Barbecue. It’s the dry rub. It’s a recipe passed to Ramsay Taylor from his grandfather, Millard, who started the first Tay’s Barbecue after World War II in Columbia, Miss. Ramsay Taylor re-started the family business after graduating from Ole Miss in 2000. […] [...]

Dixie National Rodeo and Livestock Show 50th Anniversary Gala announced

Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Cindy Hyde-Smith and Mississippi Fair Commission Executive Director Rick Reno will step back in time through half a century of the largest rodeo east of the Mississippi River at the Dixie National Rodeo and Livestock Show 50th Anniversary Gala. The event will take place on February 10 at the Mississippi Trade […] [...]

Ridgeland first Mississippi city to qualify five areas for new fiber plan

by Published: December 11,2014

Tags: Business, C Spire, Mississippi, NEWS, technology

RIDGELAND — C Spire announced today that homeowner pre-registration exceeded the required threshold in a fifth area of the city of Ridgeland this week – helping it qualify for the company’s ultra-fast 1 Gbps (Gigabit per second) Fiber to the Home Internet service and related super HD TV and home phone services. Ridgeland’s Ann Smith fiberhood, […] [...]

National Report: Mississippi ranks 16th in protecting kids from tobacco

by Published: December 11,2014

Tags: Business, healthcare, Mississippi, NEWS, smoking

WASHINGTON — Mississippi ranks 16th in the country in funding programs that prevent kids from smoking and help smokers quit, according to a national report released today by a coalition of public health organizations. The report challenges states to do more by shining the spotlight on Florida, which has cut its high school smoking rate to […] [...]

Increased disease pressure expected for Mississippi peanuts

By Bonnie Coblentz/MSU Ag Communications Mississippi producers had another successful year of peanut production, but the honeymoon phase for this crop is probably over. Jason Sarver, peanut specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, said between 2005 and 2011, Mississippi growers produced an average of 18,000 acres […] [...]

MARK BLACKWELL — Smart year-end financial moves

by Published: December 4,2014

Tags: banking, Business, finance, Mark Blackwell, Mississippi, NEWS

A s we approach 2015, now is an ideal time to consider ways to maximize year-end opportunities for your finances.  I have listed below a few specific ideas you may want to consider.  Since some take a little time to implement, it is important to not wait too long to act.  Also, please keep in […] [...]

LOUANN LOFTON — This book of essays contains something for everyone

by Published: December 4,2014

Tags: books, Business, Louann Lofton, Mississippi, Warren Buffett

Sometimes you love a book so much that you feel like it’s a travesty if everyone you know doesn’t read it right away. That’s exactly how I felt about Ann Patchett’s collection of essays, This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage. Ann Patchett, is, of course, perhaps best known for her best-selling fiction, including […] [...]

Jackson County small businesses prepare for busy shopping season

By Tammy Leytham On a recent November day, Ashley Knecht was preparing her store, Gourmet Gurl, in Pascagoula for its one-year anniversary followed by the Christmas shopping season. She has give-a-ways and food samples planned and has shelves stocked with big sellers — like Captain Rodney’s Boucan Glaze, coffees and teas. And a new item […] [...]

Love of the water leads to Ocean Springs SUP business for Coast native

by Published: December 4,2014

Tags: Business, Gulf Coast, Mississippi, NEWS, OceanSprings

By Tammy Leytham It’s almost like walking on water” is how Mississippi Gulf Coast native Amanda Mavar-Schmidt describes standup paddleboarding, a cross between surfing and paddling. She’s enjoyed the waters of the region her whole life and says it’s in her blood to be on the water. After Hurricane Katrina, Mavar-Schmidt moved to the Florida […] [...]

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