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BILL CRAWFORD: State contract review process still floundering

Just when you thought it might finally be safe to swim in Mississippi’s contractual storm waters, the MDE and Mississippi True contracts erupted.   As reported by The Clarion-Ledger, “both State Auditor Stacey Pickering and the state’s legislative watchdog ‘PEER’ committee blasted the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) and vowed further investigation into its contracting and purchasing.”    PEER questioned ...

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Turning the corner: County Line Road at Ridgewood

By JACK WEATHERLY Two investors are buying in to the intersection of County Line Road and Ridgewood Road. Between the $900,000 spent on the former Applebee’s in the North Regency Square and the $1.8 million to buy and renovate the old Copeland’s, the total reaches about $2.7 million. Both spaces had been vacant for several years. News of the revitalization ...

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Duvall Decker unveils plan for Springdale, Ark. municipal campus

By JACK WEATHERLY Duvall Decker Architects P.A., a Jackson firm, has unveiled plans for a 120,000-square-foot $35.5 million municipal complex for the city of Springdale in northwest Arkansas. “Duvall Decker is honored to have been selected to design the Springdale Municipal complex,” partner Roy Decker said in an email.  “We were selected over firms from New York, San Francisco and ...

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Biloxi firm Machado Patano to revive Katrina eyesore for its new headquarters

By JULIA MILLER Biloxi Mayor Andrew “Fo Fo” Gillich’s vision of a revitalized downtown has taken another step foward with the announcement of Machado Patano and M | P Design Group’s plans to renovate a 21,000 square-foot warehouse across from MGM Park. Jamie Barhanovich, Machado Patano’s business manager, said current plans are to relocate both the engineering firm Machado Patano, ...

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Millsaps chapel project has ‘special place in our heart’ for contractor

By BECKY GILLETTE W.G. Yates & Sons Construction Company is not only the general contractor for a project to totally transform the interior of the Millsaps Christian Center in Jackson, but has also donated $2.2 million toward turning the historic building into a modern facility that will include at its center an inspiring light-filled cruciform chapel that will welcome people ...

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TODD SMITH — 10 social media trends to consider for future

Social media platforms will continue their rapid disruption as a communications vehicle in the digital world – and a number of new tech advancements will continue to leverage these tools for audiences around the world. As the waves of social media surge, here are the top 10 future social media trends according to Entrepreneur. 1. Rise of augmented reality At ...

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Toyota to celebrate 10 Years in Mississippi

Toyota’s facility in Blue Springs will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a ‘Back Porch Blues’ concert on Nov. 4. “The progress our team members have made over the past 10 years has been amazing,” Vice President of Administration Mike Botkin said in a release. “Their commitment to quality and safety, plus the unwavering support we have received from the community, ...

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Airbnb starts collecting 7 percent hotel tax in Mississippi

By JACK WEATHERLY Airbnb announced on Wednesday that effective Oct. 1 it began collecting from its member hosts a 7 percent hotel tax and will remit it the state of Mississippi. The announcement came two days after the state Department of Revenue revised its regulation on such accommodations to clarify with language from state law 41-49-3 in which “hotel” is defined ...

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Cal-Maine reports $16 million loss for quarter

By JACK WEATHERLY Cal-Maine Foods Inc. reported on Monday a net loss of $16 million, or 33 cents per share, for the first fiscal quarter compared with a net loss of $30.9 million, or 64 cents, for the year-earlier period. Net sales were $262.8 million, compared with $239.8 million for the prior-year period. MarketWatch reported that the FactSet Research Systems Inc. ...

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