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Amite, Wilkinson plan to use treated sewage to spur fracking operations

Officials of Amite and Wilkinson counties are preparing a plan for a water district they say will enhance hydraulic fracturing operations in their region while generating dollars for sorely needed road and bridge maintenance. A central feature of the plan: Pipe five million gallons of treated sewage daily from McComb, Liberty, Gloster and other Southwest […] [...]

Arrival of Hollywood Rentals seen as ‘game changer’ for Mississippi film industry

Mississippi’s place on the movie-making map just got substantially bigger with an announcement that one of the nation’s largest independent lighting and grip rentals companies will set up shop at Canton’s Mississippi Film Studios. The expansion of Hollywood Rentals into Mississippi ensures that feature film makers, television producers and others in the visual arts industry […] [...]

Politics of paying for transportation: Hand wringing and a lot of talk

by Published: October 30,2014

Tags: bridges, Business, Mississippi, NEWS, transportation

Giving further credence to the idea that to everything there is a season, a Mississippi legislator may find more job security driving a loaded-down tractor trailer over a crumbling bridge in the Delta than supporting a full fix for roads and bridges at the outset of the 2015 election season. Even beyond the 2015 elections, […] [...]

Mississippi laws afford grain producers at least some protection

» Arkansas to consider legislation after Turner Grain bankruptcy leaves farmers unpaid   Unlike Arkansas, Mississippi’s laws provide a measure of protection to farmers who sell their crops through brokers who become financially unstable. Registration and bond requirements apply to both grain brokers and warehouse owners, according to the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce. […] [...]

JRA awaiting image makeover

by Published: October 30,2014

Tags: Business, Jackson Redevelopment Authority, Mississippi, NEWS

The Jackson Redevelopment Authority has conceded it has an image problem and is getting professional help to fix it. The agency widely known for the low priority it puts on transparency wants a makeover in public perception. It’s hired Yellow Brick Media Concepts of Jackson to provide it. The board received a proposal from Yellow […] [...]

ONE MORE YEAR: Leaders want year more of study on comprehensive road, bridge upkeep

by Published: October 30,2014

Tags: bridges, Business, Mississippi, NEWS, transportations

The chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee is hugely disappointed that Mississippi business leaders want to put off addressing a growing backlog of road and bridge upkeep until the 2016 session. Knowing that Republican legislative leaders likely will willingly go along with an extra year of delay, committee Chairman Willie Simmons, a Cleveland Democrat, will […] [...]

Mississippi Phosphate files Chapter 11; no layoffs yet

by Published: October 28,2014

Tags: Business, Gulf Coast, manufacturing, Mississippi

PASCAGOULA – Mississippi Phosphate’s 241-member workforce remains intact after the longtime fertilizer company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Gulfport Monday. A shortage of raw materials led the fertilizer manufacturer to curtail production of diammonium phosphate at its 40-acre plant late last week. But the company kept most of its production going, it said […] [...]

Downtown the Sequel: Utilities consulting firm returning to CBD with Regions’ lease

by Published: October 27,2014

Tags: Business, energy, Mississippi, NEWS, utilities

Utility Management Corp. is returning to downtown Jackson after several years in Flowood. A utilities consulting firm and oil and gas broker, Utility Management had its offices in the 111 E. Capitol St. building from its inception in 1987 through 2009.  It will move into a 7,000 square-foot space on the 11th floor of Regions […] [...]

Fed: Mississippi, other states in Atlanta District expected to sustain modest economic growth

by Published: October 23,2014

Tags: Atlanta, Business, Mississippi

Expect to see more of the growth in economic activity that is occurring in Central and South Mississippi, says a new Federal Reserve Beige Book that periodically assesses the economic health of the Atlanta Fed district and the 11 other districts. The Beige Book, released Oct. 15, leads off with a note that the “modest […] [...]

Turner Grain’s bankruptcy will help consolidate lawsuits alleging breach of contract

by Published: October 23,2014

Tags: Arkansas, Business, grain, Mississippi, Mississippi Delta

A group of Mississippi Delta farmers will join their counterparts in Arkansas and Louisiana in seeking to recoup millions of dollars Turner Grain Merchandising owes them now that the Brinkley, Arkansas, commodities broker has filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Greenville lawyer Scott Phillips, who represents Leland farmer Harper Ross and five other Delta farmers who say Turner […] [...]

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