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TOP 100 — Cooperative Energy prepares to open solar farm near Sumrall

By BECKY GILLETTE In recent years, customer surveys for the 11 rural electric cooperatives in Mississippi that purchase power from the not-for-profit Cooperative Energy (formerly South Mississippi Electric Power Association) have indicated a higher interest in using “green” power — electricity generated from alternative energy sources such as wind, hydro-electric and solar. Now one of the state’s largest ever commercial ...

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TOP 100 — Driving Academy gives deaf applicant a chance with KLLM

By CALLIE DANIELS BRYANT For many, schooling takes a quarter of a lifetime for a steady career path. For Byron Keith Davis, that was two weeks. The 38-year-old Southaven native said he heard about KLLM Driving Academy at Hinds Community College and knew right away that he should enroll.  He had dreamed of becoming a trucker. “I wanted to travel ...

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TOP 100 — Columbia’s mixture of large companies provides benefits

By JULIA MILLER Small town living comes with its perks: lower cost of living, friendly neighbors and shorter commute times. However, a drawback can arise from a lack of employment opportunities. For Columbia, that problem has been avoided by a prolific business environment. “We’ve got a small town atmosphere with big city dreams,” Mayor Justin McKenzie said. Columbia is home ...

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New economic development director in Madison County ‘a tremendous hire’

By BECKY GILLETTE Joseph P. Deason plans to take some of the best tactics learned working for General Motors (GM)-Delphi for 17 years, serving as chief financial officer of the Mississippi Development Authority for four years and his past four and one-half years as chief operating officer for the Golden Triangle Development LINK to his role as the new executive ...

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Broadband – fast or faster – expanding across state

By JACK WEATHERLY Mississippi ranks at or near the bottom in broadband Internet service in the United States. Recently, two providers have expanded their service to parts of the state that are underserved, or depending the assumptions, unserved by high-speed broadband connections. Most recently, AT&T announced it is offering its service in parts of 46 counties in Mississippi. Based on ...

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Electricity from Texas wind farms could cross Mississippi

By JACK WEATHERLY Green energy is eyeing Mississippi again. But this project is not another experiment that offers the state ground-floor entry into a new market. Such as the failed cellulose-to-fuel KiOR plant or Mississippi Power’s idled coal-gas fuel-powered electricity generation plant. Or the failure of two solar-panel manufacturing plants. The taxpayer was left holding the bag in the failed ...

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Restaurant meal delivery service launches in Jackson area

By JACK WEATHERLY Delivery is in the forefront of the U.S. economy it seems. Whether its Amazon buying up Whole Foods and getting groceries to the doorstep, or Wal-Mart and Kroger making deliveries to homes, the “last mile” seems to be the watchword. Enter Waitr into the Jackson area market. Starting Thursday, about 40 restaurants will deliver meals for a ...

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TODD SMITH — National Publicist Day a day for the ages

We celebrated National Publicist Day earlier this week – on Monday, Oct. 30 It honors the date in 1906 when the New York Times printed the very first press release written by Ivy Lee, considered by many to be “The Father of Modern PR.” The Pennsylvania Railroad was Lee’s client. On Oct. 28, 1906, 50 people tragically lost their lives ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — A Q&A with Knox Ross

It’s been a while since I had a chance to visit with former Pelahatchie Mayor Knox Ross so I reached out to him online. Here’s my interview with the personable and accomplished Ross. What are you doing these days? I am completing an 11-month assignment as the CEO of the Coordinating and Development Corporation in Shreveport. The CDC is an ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Big contributors aggressively pursuing (buying?) tax cuts

Steve Bannon recently met with mega Republican political contributor Bernie Marcus and heard him complain “for hours about the lack of return on his investment,” reported Politico.com,    A decade before becoming Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, whose family has helped bankroll Republican issues and candidates, wrote in Roll Call, “I have decided to stop taking offense at the suggestion that we ...

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