July 3, 2014

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State’s first tea garden survives bad weather with some losses

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BROOKHAVEN — Mississippi’s cold, wet winter and spring gave the state’s new tea farm its first test. Owner Jason McDonald and business partner Timothy Gipson started the farm in October. Their 250 one-gallon plants and 10 three-gallon plants are thriving this summer, despite some losses. “The plants actually did really well,” said Rebecca Bates, Mississippi […]

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July 3, 2014

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Universal offering red carpet screening of ‘Get on Up’

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On July 27, Universal Pictures will hold an exclusive red carpet screening of the James Brown biopic Get on Up at Grandview Cinema in Madison. Mississippi native and Get on Up director Tate Taylor and Chadwick Boseman, the film’s star, will be in attendance. In his follow-up to the four-time Academy Award-nominated blockbuster The Help, […]

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July 2, 2014

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Bryant names new MDEQ director

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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July 2, 2014

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The First expands Gulf presence with BCB acquisition

The First Bancshares Inc. (NASDAQ: FBMS), holding company for The First, A National Banking Association, has acquired BCB Holding Company Inc., holding company for Mobile, Alabama-based Bay Bank. Terms were not disclosed. The First president and CEO Hoppy Cole said, “We are excited about the opportunities that this merger will create in the Mobile market.” […]

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July 2, 2014

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Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional CVB hires first chief

The Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau went to neighboring Louisiana to find its new executive director, hiring Renee Areng away from the Visit Baton Rouge visitor promotion agency.   Areng, executive VP of Visit Baton Rouge, will take over as head of the of the year-old regional Mississippi coast tourism bureau on […]

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July 1, 2014

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Uncle Ben’s Greenville hires director of manufacturing

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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July 1, 2014

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Redlaser earns 8(a) program certification from SBA

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The U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Mississippi District Office has certified Redlaser Technology Inc. into the SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program 8(a) program. The 8(a) program is a nine-year program established to assist eligible socially and economically disadvantaged individuals to develop and grow their businesses. Business development assistance includes one-on-one counseling, training, matchmaking opportunities […]

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June 30, 2014

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It’s showtime for MAGIC as state launches single accounting system

MAGIC starts today but state officials aren’t relying on abracadabra stuff to make the $100 million accounting system work as designed. A dozen years of work, including around the clock shifts in recent weeks, went into today’s launch of MAGIC, officially known as Mississippi’s Accountability System for Government Information and Collaboration. If all goes as […]

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June 30, 2014

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Greenwood, Cleveland earn National Main Street accreditations

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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June 30, 2014

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Gov. Bryant comments on Hobby Lobby ruling

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Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant weighed in on The Supreme Court ruling Monday that some corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women. The justices’ 5-4 decision is the first time that the high court has ruled that profit-seeking businesses can […]

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