BancorpSouth earnings dip but bank says settlement not a factor


By JACK WEATHERLY BancorpSouth’s earnings dipped in the second quarter, but that had nothing to do with the lender’s $10.6 million fine for redlining certain minority neighborhoods of Memphis, it said in a release issued Wednesday night. Net income for the quarter ending June 30 was $34.7 million, or 37 cents per share, compared with $39.7 million, or 41 cents ...

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A NEW ERA AT VIKING — Kitchen appliance veteran Kevin Brown to oversee Greenwood plant

As new president of Viking Ranges, Kevin Brown has his sights on new products and new markets.

By TED CARTER A kitchen appliances executive whose background includes working the assembly line at Oxford’s Whirlpool plant is the new head of revamped Viking Ranges in Greenwood. Kevin Brown, a University of Mississippi electrical engineering graduate who started with Viking in 2007, joined with a team of Middleby Corp. executives in 2013 to transform the products line of the ultra-premium ...

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Tupelo Furniture Market goes ‘soft’ to strengthen its position

Forty-four mattress makers will have displays at the market from Aug. 18-21.

By JACK WEATHERLY Northeast Mississippi is known as the upholstered-furniture capital of the United States. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that it is playing the “soft” card as it seeks to further distinguish itself from other furniture centers – especially High Point, N.C. Forty-four mattress and box spring makers will be on hand for the semi-annual Tupelo Furniture ...

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Jackson’s Colonial Highlands moves into business phase

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By JACK WEATHERLY  The at-times stormy effort to redevelop the former Colonial Country Club in Jackson has settled into the business phase. Bo Lockard, manager of Colonial Jackson LLC, which owns the property and is overseeing the development, said Tuesday that the Neel-Schaffer engineering firm has been hired and that conversations with potential developers are underway. “We are working toward ...

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Punt, Pass and Pixels — New scoreboard could mean big business for Alcorn State football


By NASH NUNNERY Invigorated by back-to-back Southwestern Athletic Conference football crowns, Alcorn State University wants to keep the momentum going with a championship-worthy scoreboard. And not just any scoreboard but the largest video scoreboard within the Historically Black College and University network. Marcus Ward, who serves as executive director of the Alcorn State University Foundation, says the atmosphere on football ...

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Ole Miss to expand MBA student consulting

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By BECKY GILLETTE After a successful Masters of Business Administration pilot project in 2015 at the University of Mississippi, beginning this fall the Ole Miss MBA program will partner with the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to give MBA students the opportunity to serve as consultants to North Mississippi businesses. The purpose of program is to assist business owners in finding ...

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Revitalizing Bay St. Louis beachfront a reality

Ken Murphy is building a three-story structure on this site.

By LISA MONTI The Bay St. Louis beachfront retail and restaurant district is seeing change on both sides of Beach Boulevard. The French Settlement retail building at 108 South Beach Blvd. has a new owner, and across the street, the Murphy family is rebuilding their popular beachfront restaurant and bar that Hurricane Katrina wiped away in 2005. The Murphy family ...

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JOSH MABUS: Say something different

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Remember those “choose your own adventure books” from childhood? I loved them, but I would always cheat by holding my place — just in case I wanted a mulligan to redo my decision. Perhaps that gives a bit of insight into my personality. Let’s play a “choose your own adventure.” Imagine for a moment you’re 23 years old, single and ...

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BOOK BIZ: Jessica Chambers slaying inspires newest Ace Atkins novel

» The Innocents
By Ace Atkins
July 12, 2016 • $27.00

At the beginning of Ace Atkins’ new Quinn Colson novel, The Innocents, we are right back in the middle of Tibbehah County, a fictional community hidden away in the hill country of north Mississippi.  It’s the setting for what Atkins’ himself has described as a “redneck Game of Thrones.”  Lillie Virgil is the County’s sheriff, having replaced former Army ranger ...

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TODD SMITH: Newspaper ads triple campaign success


Forget their differing opinions on marriage, home ownership, and politics – the most telling differences between younger and older generations is how they prefer to get their news. A new Pew Research Center’s survey on modern news consumption trends, conducted in partnership with the Knight Foundation, shows that, when it comes to news consumption, the old and young look very ...

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