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Topazi, who led Mississippi rebuild post-Katrina, dies at 68

The man credited with helping to “get the lights back on in 11 days” as Mississippi’s Gulf Coast recovered from Hurricane Katrina has died at the age of 68. News outlets report former Mississippi Power Co. President Anthony Topazi died Friday from complications from ALS, known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The Alabama native was at the utility’s helm in when ...

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Auction of UA Northpark 14 building hits a snag

By JACK WEATHERLY An auction of the UA Northpark 14 movie theater building last Thursday failed to draw a bid, but the owner of the property said interest was shown in the 36,000-square-foot building on the Ring Road north of Northpark Mall. William McGuire of United Development Co. of Southlake, Texas, said Monday a glitch interfered with the attempt to ...

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Agriculture a vital cog in the economy of Mississippi

By BECKY GILLETTE Mississippi is a very rural state with some of the best farmland in the world. “We live in a country where only about two percent of our population is involved in farming, and it is so often forgotten that these farms, most of which are family operated, touch the lives of every person by providing safe, affordable ...

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Yokohama off and running for Clay County

By NASH NUNNERY Nearly three years ago, Yokohama Tire Corp. president Hikomitsu Noji compared his company’s relationship with Mississippi to “a marriage…and we are proud parents of our first child.” That “child”, officially known as Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Mississippi, is now a toddler. The $300 million commercial tire manufacturing facility, built on a 570-acre site carved out of pasture land ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Could tariffs, special election cause November surprises?

No surprises in the run-off elections last week with Michael Guest easily defeating Whit Hughes in the 3rd District Republican Primary run-off and David Baria coming back to defeat upstart Howard Sherman handily in the Senate Democratic Primary run-off.    Unless there are some surprises, Guest should cruise to victory and Baria should fall short in majority Republican Mississippi in November. ...

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Um, no, the Supreme Court says to Costco case request

By JACK WEATHERLY The Mississippi Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously rejected a motion by the City of Ridgeland to reconsider its April 21 ruling against a zoning change to accommodate a Costco Wholesale Store. Perhaps not surprisingly, the same seven justices who ruled against the city in the case that has captivated the attention of Ridgeland and beyond for several ...

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