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Construction of Malco theater at Renaissance begins

MBJ staff Malco Theatres announced Wednesday that construction has begun on its 6-screen boutique theater development in the Renaissance at Colony Park in Ridgeland.  The cinema is scheduled to open next summer. It will anchor the second phase of the development and be located at the entrance to the new synchronized water and music feature.  The new building will encompass ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: GOP leaders call Democrats dangerous enemy

BILL CRAWFORD Mississippi Democrats are a scary, dangerous enemy. Speaker of the House Philip Gunn and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves set the stage in Neshoba County Fair speeches. Gunn focused his speech on stern warnings about Democrats, according to a Y’all Politics report. Reeves claimed he had been “under attack from Democrats and their liberal allies in the media,” reported ...

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PHIL HARDWICK: How to speak to a college class

PHIL HARDWICK The fall academic semester approaches. If you are successful in business there’s a good chance that sooner or later you will be asked to speak to a college class about your company or a current business issue. The experience can be personally rewarding or a flop. I’ve been teaching as an adjunct professor/instructor at the college level since ...

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Shops, eatery thrown into the Renaissance mixture

By JACK WEATHERLY The mix, if not the churn, at Renaissance at Colony Park continues. The lifestyle shopping mall in Ridgeland is marking its 10th anniversary as new and newish tenants arrive and even an old tenant returns. Newish? The Aerie subsidiary of American Eagle Outfitters opened last month. AEO, of course, has been around for four decades as a ...

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Leard takes top position with Regions in Jackson

By JACK WEATHERLY Robert Leard Robert Leard has taken the reins of Regions Bank’s operations in metro Jackson. Birmingham-based Regions’ assets stand at $125 billion and it has 1,500 offices across the South, Midwest and Texas. It has 34 branches in the Jackson area banking market (Hinds, Rankin, Madison, Copiah and Yazoo counties) and 126 statewide. Regions does not reveal ...

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Nurses striving to make for a better Mississippi

By CALLIE DANIELS BRYANT When we step into a doctor’s office the first person we meet is a nurse who does seemingly everything in preparation: measuring and weighing, symptom-tracking, and even needle poking. Nowadays in Mississippi it may be more common to visit a nurse than it is to visit a doctor, especially an Advanced Practice Nurse (APRN). An APRN ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Perhaps we don’t care what the truth is?

Do Americans want to be deceived?    In 2012 Marquette University ethics professor emeritus Dr. Daniel McGuire penned an amazingly contemporary piece entitled “The Loneliness of the Truth Teller” for the Huffington Post.   He wrote there is a “striking conviction of the Jewish and Christian biblical writers that people perversely seem to want to be deceived. The third century ...

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