When the iconic downtown Jackson restaurant Dennery’s closed several years ago, most patrons thought they might not see the dishes again, but expected to see the chef. However, many wouldn’t have guessed the post-restaurant career of John Dennery.
Dennery has just been named CEO of Mississippi Prison Industries Corp., replacing long-time chief executive John Miller
This is after Dennery, a lobbyist who also ran Dennery’s restaurant for some three decades, dabbled in politics by running for Hinds County supervisor.
According to the Clarion-Ledger, Dennery working to provide opportunities to inmates is not new to him. At Dennery’s, he worked with the Mississippi Department of Corrections’ Restitution Center in offering employment opportunities to offenders prior to their release.
Gregarious with a seemingly permanent smile, everybody expected Dennery to continue on after Dennery’s — we just didn’t expect the zany path.
It’s a classic underdog tale: David, a young shepherd armed only with a sling, beats Goliath, the mighty warrior. The story has transcended its biblical origins to become a common shorthand for unlikely victory. But, asks Malcolm Gladwell in this TedTalk, is that really what the David and Goliath story is about?
Detective of fads and emerging subcultures, chronicler of jobs-you-never-knew-existed, Malcolm Gladwell’s work is toppling the popular understanding of bias, crime, food, marketing, race, consumers and intelligence.
Golden Triangle Development LINK officials Thursday will reveal details about a $20 million technology initiative that they say will boost the regional technology infrastructure for business and bring new investment and expansion opportunities to the Southeast region.
The announcement is set for Thursday at 2:3o p.m. at the Thad Cochran Research Park in Starkville.
In a news release, officials said the organization is unable to provide more details at this time.
Those scheduled to attend the news conference are Joe Max Higgins, CEO of Golden Triangle Development LINK; Dr. Mark Keenum, president of Mississippi State University; Jack Wallace, executive director of Oktibbeha County EDA; and Parker Wiseman, mayor of Starkville.
With of all of its offerings to tourists, it might seem the city of Natchez just has to sit back and watch the visitors come and spend their money. However, a recent award shows city officials are working hard to make sure those tourists keep coming.
The Natchez Convention and Visitors Bureau has been honored with a tourism research award from the Governor’s Conference on Tourism.
Natchez tourism director Connie Taunton said the Mississippi Tourism Association and the Mississippi Development Authority’s Tourism Division presented the award in recognition of the CVB’s research efforts for the state agencies.
Taunton says the CVB has been gathering information for the state about tourism infrastructure and business.
Taunton tells The Natchez Democrat the goal of the study is to identify the strengths and shortcomings of the CVB and the local tourism industry.
She says the study will also evaluate the local staff.
If you have ever wondered what it takes to make it as a small business owner, just check out the following video. Instead of sending out one of his underlings, Mangia Bene co-owner Jeff Good dressed up in a pizza man suit (yes, it is hot in there) and worked the crowd for a downtown parade Friday morning.
Now, that is dedication. — Enjoy!