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Ingalls-built Amphibious Assault Ship ‘America’ sails away Thursday

July 8, 2014

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Special to the MBJ The newly completed amphibious assault ship America (LHA 6) will sail away from Ingalls Shipbuilding at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, destined for the West Coast and its Oct. 11 commissioning ceremony in San Francisco. Sailors will “man the rails” in their Navy whites when the ship departs. LHA 6 is the first […]

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Small business owner named to Jackson sales tax commission

July 7, 2014

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Special to the MBJ JACKSON, Mississippi – Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves today named small business owner and local architect Michael Boerner to the 1-percent sales tax commission charged with overseeing expenditures from a recent sales tax increase in the city of Jackson. The 10-member commission will develop a plan for infrastructure repairs and address how […]

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BCAM purchases AmFed group

July 3, 2014

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Special to the MBJ An Investor group led by the Builders and Contractors Associations of Mississippi Self-Insurers Trust has purchased Ridgeland-based AmFed Companies from Companion Property & Casualty Insurance Co. of Columbia, S.C. This purchase includes two Mississippi insurance companies. BCAM Board Chairman Donnie Massey indicated that AmFed has served as the Third Party Administrator […]

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Bryant names new MDEQ director

July 2, 2014

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Special to the MBJ Gov. Phil Bryant has named Gary Rikard to succeed Trudy Fisher as executive director of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. Fisher, who has served as executive director since 2007, has announced her intentions to return to the private sector at the end of the summer. “Trudy has worked tirelessly in […]

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Uncle Ben’s Greenville hires director of manufacturing

July 1, 2014

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Jair Cole has accepted the position of Director of Manufacturing for Uncle Ben’s in Greenville. Beginning Monday, Cole will be responsible for directing the overall operations of both Uncle Ben’s Greenville and Bolton sites and ensuring efficient and safe manufacturing practices. The position also has responsibility for associate development and engagement at sites. Cole’s previous […]

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Greenwood, Cleveland earn National Main Street accreditations

June 30, 2014

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Special to the MBJ Main Street Greenwood and Team Cleveland Main Street have been designated as accredited National Main Street Programs for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its partners […]

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D’Iberville casino approved; Diamondhead site rejected

June 26, 2014

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The Mississippi Gulf Coast is gaining one casino, but a second casino proposal was denied by the Mississippi Gaming Commission at its monthly meeting Thursday in Jackson. After receiving approval for its financing plan, Land Holdings 1 was given the okay to begin construction on the Scarlet Pearl casino, which will be located east of […]

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Potential casinos in D’Iberville, Diamondhead await Gaming Commission rulings

June 25, 2014

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Two new potential Gulf Coast casinos hope to take their next steps toward reality Thursday at the 9 a.m. monthly meeting of the Mississippi Gaming Commission in Jackson. Developers of the Scarlet Pearl Casino in D’Iberville, hope to receive approval to begin construction on a site east of the I-110 bridge across the Back Bay […]

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SBA disaster loan application deadline is Monday for Tupelo, Louisville

June 24, 2014

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Disaster Loan Outreach Centers in Louisville and Tupelo will cease operations at the close of business Monday, the U.S. Small Business Administration said in a news release today. Monday is also the final day to file an SBA Disaster loan application, including homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes for physical damage caused by severe […]

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Jackson to host free fireworks and show July 3 at Smith Wills

June 24, 2014

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Special to the MBJ The City of Jackson will host its first Fireworks Extravaganza July 3 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Smith Wills Stadium, 1200 Lakeland Dr. The event, which the city hopes to hold annually, is free and open to the public. The event will feature a 20-minute fireworks display and entertainment […]

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