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JACK WEATHERLY — Monuments and unflagging passions

Morgan Freeman turned the tables on me while I was interviewing him about 25 years ago. “What should we do about the flag?” Freeman asked me. Flag? What do you mean? I said. Oh, right. The state flag with the Stars and Bars of the Confederacy on the upper left corner. I didn’t have a considered answer because I had ...

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Refinery shutdowns put pressure on gasoline prices

By JACK WEATHERLY Nearly 20 percent of U.S. oil refining has been halted because of flooding on the Gulf Coast in the Houston metro area, according to company reports and Reuters estimates, putting pressure on the price of gasoline at the pump. The average price of regular in Mississippi rose to $2.16 on Wednesday, up six cents a gallon from ...

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Sanderson earnings more than double for 3rd quarter

By JACK WEATHERLY Higher product prices and lower feed costs in a stable market enabled Sanderson Farms to record net income of $115.8 million, or $5.09 per share, for the third fiscal quarter, compared with $54.7 million, or $2.42 per share, a year earlier. Joe F. Sanderson Jr., chairman and chief executive said in its report that retail grocery prices, ...

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BOOMING — Growth leads to change on Ridgeland’s Jackson Street

By BECKY GILLETTE Jackson Street in Ridgeland has been seeing a surge in new commercial real estate activity, and more new projects are under way adding to the mix. “We’re beginning to see some very positive things happening,” said Ridgeland Mayor Gene F. McGee. “I think a lot has to do with the fact that the economy has improved, but ...

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Success for Mississippi real estate agents includes making the most of any down time

By NASH NUNNERY The portrait created by reality television of real estate agents is one of multi-million dollar sales, lavish dinners, Coach handbags and Brunello Cucinelli suits. Truth is stranger than fiction in the world of real estate.  Sure, a Realtor can set his or her own hours and carve out time for a vacation or doctor’s appointment. But there’s ...

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BRINGING BILOXI BACK — City leaders hope their proposed 5-year plan will revitalize downtown area

By JULIA MILLER For more than 50 years, downtown Biloxi has been facing a decline. Led by Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, the city has partnered with the Southern Mississippi Planning and Development District to reverse that path with the hope that a revitalization of downtown will lead to economic growth for the area. “The goals, incentives, tasks and projects ...

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Tupelo’s Fairpark development adding tenants

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal TUPELO – The first two tenants have committed to a new Fairpark District development. Ross & Yerger is relocating its downtown Tupelo office on South Broadway to what will be called Fairpark Towers. Joining the Jackson-based insurance company’s office will be Century Construction and Realty Inc. Officials recently announced a public-private partnership between the city and ...

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TODD SMITH — Solar eclipse outshined Super Bowl on social

Last week’s solar eclipse spurred more than 9 million tweets globally, along with 240 million interactions (posts, reactions, shares and comments) from more than 66 million Facebook users. Twitter showcased how the volume of conversation about the eclipse aligned with its path across the U.S. with an insightful interactive map. The Weather Channel’s Chasing Eclipse 2017 Twitter livestream reached 7.1 ...

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Plans announced for 125-room Hilton hotel in Fondren

  By JACK WEATHERLY The Heritage Hospitality Group announced plans on Wednesday to build a 125-guestroom Hilton Homewood Suites Hotel in Fondren. The hotel will be built with the medical corridor in mind. Otherwise, it is geared toward multi-day business travelers and others, according to Chico Patel, chief executive of the Ridgeland-based group. The project will add “another piece to the Fondren ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Does generals’ ‘coup’ put war-bringers in charge?

Seven Days in May, written by Fletcher Kneble and Charles Bailey and published in 1962, portrays a tense, nearly successful coup of American government by a cadre of senior generals. A quote on the cover of the paperback attributed to the Army Times said, “They say it can’t happen here, but if it does, it probably will be pretty much as Knebel and ...

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