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SPECIAL REPORT: A savvy pro is sought for Jackson airport’s CEO

The aviation executive search firm hired to find the next CEO of the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority is likely to focus on an airport pro skilled in economic development. “You need someone who can make that happen,” said  Doug Kuelpman, founder and president of ADK Executive Search, a Jacksonville, Fla., company the Airport Authority selected […] [...]

SPECIAL REPORT: Land may hold key to Jackson airport’s success

Developing and attracting businesses to several hundred acres on Jackson Municipal Airport Authority land east of Medgar Wiley Evers International may be the Authority’s best hope for offsetting the $800,000 lost annually to the departure of Southwest Airlines. The revenue loss has already cost the Airport Authority a Fitch Ratings Service downgrade of a $39.4 […] [...]

(UPDATED) Making Jackson-Evers affordable to Allegiant is key to regaining Orlando service

Prospects for Jackson Medgar Wiley Evers International landing ultra-low-cost carrier Allegiant Air  for service to Orlando hinge on well the airport can help the carrier shave its operating costs at the airport.A U.S. Department of Transportation grant subsidy the airport expects to receive would ease the cost burden early on. But  the Las Vegas-based Allegiant […] [...]

Deal for Jackson-Orlando flights in works with Allegiant

Low-cost carrier Allegiant Air would give Jackson two direct flights a week to and from Orlando under an agreement approved Monday by the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority and contingent on a U.S. Department of Transportation grant subsidy. Flights offered by the Nevada-based commercial and charter airline would land at Orlando/Sanford International, a small airport in […] [...]

Guns OK inside Mississippi polling places, attorney general says

By Ted Carter The trend among gun fanatics of openly carrying assault weapons and other firearms into stores and restaurants could spread to polling places around Mississippi in November. The key here is that gun owners must wear the weapon so it is visible to everyone, says Attorney General Jim Hood, who this week replied […] [...]

Dirk Vanderleest ready to deplane after quarter century at the control

Dirk Vanderleest and Jackson Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport have shared nearly half their lifetimes together. The airport situated in Rankin County had just turned 25 when Vanderleest arrived from Huntsville, Ala., where he managed that city’s airport under an executive director. Vanderleest’s arrival in Jackson at 29 gave him the distinction of being one […] [...]

Under state probe, All American Check Cashing gets ‘F’ rating from Better Business Bureau

All American Check Cashing’s refusal to answer complaints has led the Better Business Bureaus in Mississippi and Alabama to give grades of “F” to the Madison payday lender that the Mississippi Department of Banking & Finance says did loan rollovers that violated state law. The Department of Banking & Finance put All American Check Cashing […] [...]

A match set to happen: Conn’s and Jackson

by Published: July 17,2014

Tags: Business, Conn's, County Line Road, JACKSON, Mississippi

The head of retail for Conn’s HomePlus says the matchup of the retailer’s prototype customer and Jackson’s abundance of working class households made the Capital City an easy choice as the Texas company’s 85th store location. Having gone on a growth spree that extended the retailer’s reach from its Western origins into South Carolina and […] [...]

Investigation leads to $10M settlement with payday lender ACE Cash Express

Texas-based ACE Cash Express, a large payday lender with a franchise store in Hattiesburg, has been hit with $10 million in penalties from the fledgling Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. ACE Cash Express, CFPB Director Richard Cordray charges, was “relentlessly overzealous” in pursuit of overdue borrowers. ACE Cash Express unlawfully called employers of tardy borrowers and […] [...]

State regulators probe All American Check Cashing on suspicion of violating loan rollover law

Madison payday lender All American Check Cashing is under a “cease and desist” order after refusing to let examiners from the Mississippi Department of Banking and Finance review its records for signs of illegal lending. The order followed a state raid on 15 of the company’s 41 Mississippi stores, a former executive of All American […] [...]

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