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Universal offering red carpet screening of ‘Get on Up’

July 3, 2014

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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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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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The First expands Gulf presence with BCB acquisition

July 2, 2014

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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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Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional CVB hires first chief

July 2, 2014

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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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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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Redlaser earns 8(a) program certification from SBA

July 1, 2014

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

June 30, 2014

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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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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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Two companies announce new jobs in Pontotoc

June 30, 2014

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PONTOTOC — State and local officials gathered today as representatives from Brooks and Dehart Furniture Xpress, Inc. and Eaton Custom Seating announced they were investing in new and existing operations, respectively, in Pontotoc. The two companies are creating a total of 55 new jobs. Headquartered in North Carolina, Brooks and Dehart Furniture Xpress is a furniture-only […]

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BILL CRAWFORD: Say good-bye to open primaries

June 30, 2014

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Once upon a time, Mississippians were fiercely independent. We didn’t want any outsiders telling us what to do. We also wanted to “vote for the man, not the party.” That has changed and is about to change more. Chris McDaniel’s campaign to unseat Thad Cochran depended heavily upon outsiders telling us how to vote – […]

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