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Vets team up to bring new pizza concept to Mississippi

Business partners Dee Broadwater and John Henry come from similar professional backgrounds. Both served in the military and then as defense contractors overseas. As college students, they both “did their time” working in restaurants. Now the two are getting into the restaurant business by introducing the Your Pie pizza franchise in the Jackson area. More locations are planned in other ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: May Day shows rural communities can succeed

Rural communities in the South can succeed.    Thomasville, a small town in Alabama’s poor “Black Belt,” has thrived under the leadership of Mayor Sheldon Day. Indeed, Day has his folks believing it is “cool to be rural.”   Census data shows Thomasville with 4,209 residents and a low family poverty rate of 13% compared to 25% for the whole ...

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House leadership makes new effort to fund transportation

By JACK WEATHERLY The Mississippi House of Representatives on Thursday overwhelmingly voted — 109 to 7 — for a bill that would provide a $50 million bond issue for counties, cities and towns to repair roads and bridges. House Speaker Phillip Gunn called Senate Bill 2939 “a viable solution . . . a practical solution” to a problem that bedeviled ...

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Legislature drops key part of motion picture rebate package

By JACK WEATHERLY The bad news is that a key component in the Mississippi Motion Picture Incentive Program will fade to black after July 1. The good news is that the cash rebate on 25 percent of the salaries paid to nonresidents of Mississippi is the only part that was lost. Going into the current session of the Legislature, talk ...

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C Spire gets favorable Supreme Court ruling

By JACK WEATHERLY The Mississippi Supreme Court has overturned a decision in 2006 by Hinds County Chancery Judge William Singletary that sealed a contract with BellSouth Telecommunications and the state for landline and Internet services and sent it back to the lower court. At issue is whether the Legislature in 2015 made the contract subject to the state’s Open Records ...

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Highlands group mum on status of development for Jackson

By JACK WEATHERLY Bo Lockard said last July he could see the future of Colonial Highlands spread out before him. Conversations with potential developers of the 152-acre former home of the Colonial Country Club as a $250 million village of upscale residences and retail shops had begun, he said. “We are working toward negotiating contracts by the end of the ...

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USM faculty member gets grant for Fresh Food on the Move

By BECKY GILLETTE “Preventative health care is a lot cheaper than what we have traditionally done” Charkarra Anderson-Lewis, Ph.D.,  was only 15 years old when her mother, 36, died from heart disease. It had a lasting impression on Anderson-Lewis, a University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Department of Health associate professor who recently received a $2,000 grant to institute a mobile ...

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Issues are on the table for this year’s Delta Council meeting in May

By NASH NUNNERY Author David Cohn once wrote that “the Mississippi Delta begins in the lobby of the Peabody Hotel and ends on Catfish Row in Vicksburg.” If Cohn’s description is indeed true, then the Delta Council might be considered the storied region’s heartbeat. Based in Washington County, Delta Council is the area’s foremost economic development group representing 18 northwest ...

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