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Visitors’ center in Tunica offers intro to blues heritage

February 23, 2015

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TUNICA — Mississippi has a small new museum dedicated to the state’s blues heritage. Gateway to the Blues Museum opened this past week inside a visitors’ center on U.S. Highway 61 in Tunica. It’s in a new building attached to a restored train depot that dates back to 1895. Webster Franklin, president and CEO of […]

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Rosemary Smith wins MBJ’s Businesswoman of the Year

February 18, 2015

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Rosemary Smith was named the 2015 Mississippi Business Journal Businesswoman of the Year today in front of a crowd of nearly 500 at the Hilton Hotel on County Line Road in Jackson. Smith, who grew up as one of eight children in the small town of Raleigh, is the Owner, President and Sole Stockholder of R & […]

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MUW president named higher ed chief

February 12, 2015

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Associated Press The College Board named Mississippi University for Women President Jim Borsig Mississippi’s higher education commissioner Thursday, bypassing a more extensive search. Before becoming president of MUW in 2012, Borsig was the College Board’s assistant commissioner for governmental relations. Meeting in closed session, trustees chose Borsig to succeed Commissioner Hank Bounds, who is leaving […]

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TVA moves toward big solar purchase

February 12, 2015

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Associated Press The Tennessee Valley Authority has taken steps toward its first large-scale purchase of solar electricity. The TVA Board on Thursday voted to authorize Chief Executive Bill Johnson to enter into a 20-year contract with NextEra Energy for an 80 megawatt solar facility in northern Alabama that officials said offers the most competitive solar pricing […]

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Mississippi House OKs $2,500 raise for assistant teachers

February 11, 2015

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JACKSON — The Mississippi House has voted to give assistant teachers a substantial pay raise. The base pay for the job is currently $12,500 a year. A bill that was debated Wednesday originally would have set the base pay at $13,500. The House accepted a proposal by Democratic Rep. Cecil Brown of Jackson to set […]

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Miss. Senate passes bill to eliminate inspection stickers

February 11, 2015

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JACKSON — Some Mississippi senators don’t have up-to-date vehicle inspection stickers. Now they want other Mississippians to be able to forget about it too. Senators Wednesday passed Senate Bill 2519, which would repeal the requirement that vehicle owners get a $5 safety inspection each year. The bill goes to the House for more debate. Proponents, […]

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Principal: Do we want to educate our children or not?

February 6, 2015

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NOTE: The following opinion column was first published by The Hechinger Report and is re-published with its permission.   By Shannon Eubanks   BROOKHAVEN — Last year, an amendment to the Mississippi Constitution that would mandate adequate and efficient funding of public schools — and the ability to seek judicial relief — was placed on […]

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Former funeral home could become part of Capitol complex

February 2, 2015

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Restoration of the Capitol will continue through late 2016.

JACKSON — A former funeral home near the Mississippi Capitol could become the property of state government. House Bill 837 would authorize the state to buy the former Wright & Ferguson building. An online listing shows the property is priced at $2 million. The bill passed the House 115-0 on Thursday. It moves to a […]

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United Furniture to create 300 jobs in Verona

January 26, 2015

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By Jack Weatherly United Furniture Industries announced Monday it will start manufacturing operations in the former Lane Furniture facility in Verona. The project represents a $2.75 million corporate investment and will create 300 jobs, bringing the company’s total employment in the state to approximately 2,000. United Furniture has operations in Amory, Hatley, Nettleton, Okolona and […]

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BUSINESS INSIDER: The Mississippi Delta has been destroyed by white flight

January 12, 2015

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In a story in the nationally published Business Insider, it is reported what most of us have known for 20 or more years, that the Mississippi Delta has been destroyed by white flight. Having said that, it is still a worthy exercise to read as we continue to examine ways to rebuild the economy from […]

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