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La-Z-Boy South celebrates 50th anniversary   There were a number of factors that played into La-Z-Boy choosing the City of Newton for its first furniture manufacturing plant outside of its home base in Michigan back in 1960. However, perhaps the biggest reason was the company found a good fit in the small, comfortable town and its people. In short, the ...

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A gamble in Jones County

Choctaws look to build casino in Pine Belt Gaming can be a polarizing issue. So when the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians (MBCI) announced earlier this month to build a casino near the tiny hamlet of Sandersville in Jones County, which has never had gaming, it was not surprising that a segment of the local population would be against a ...

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Entergy agrees to give up more control

There are still some conflicts to be resolved involving transmissions systems control   FAIRHOPE, Ala. — Regulators from four states met last week to continue their discussion of Entergy’s transmissions system practices in efforts to ensure that Entergy customers in some of the nation’s poorest states are not paying more than they should for electricity. The Entergy Regional State Committee ...

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CottonMill developer: ‘We’re getting close’

Starkville’s multi-million dollar re-development project closer to reality The proposed mixed-use development that will sit where the Starkville city limits meet the Mississippi State University campus got a nudge forward last week from the Starkville Board of Aldermen. Aldermen voted to ask the Mississippi Development Authority for $3.8 million for road improvements to accommodate CottonMill Marketplace, which will transform the ...

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Experts: Spill not campaign weapon

Strategists say it is hard to attack opponent on such an issue when there is a shared enemy like BP   It figures that only two of Mississippi’s four congressional races will have much drama at all between now and November.  The 1st District race between incumbent Travis Childers, D-Booneville, and challenger Alan Nunnelee, R-Tupelo, is tight, with the Nunnelee ...

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No stellar solutions for businesses

Despite availability of SBA loans, many small business owners may be down for the count Despite the offer of loans from the U.S. Small Business Association and small payments from BP, there are no good immediate economic solutions for Gulf Coast business owners who are suffering from revenue losses of more than 60 percent. State Attorney General Jim Hood has ...

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Cianciola comes to Metropolitan with new perspective on business

CEO has been in the industry for more than 30 years With 34 years in the banking industry, Frank Cianciola has served as a CEO, president and chairman for a handful of financial institutions in Tennessee and Mississippi. But Metropolitan BancGroup’s new chairman says a brief stint in private business offered him a new perspective on the banking industry. The ...

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‘We just hope our luck holds out’

State Port not yet affected by spill but officials are wary Late last week, the only oil or remnants of oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill that’s been inundating the Gulf of Mexico since April 21 that officials know had reached Mississippi soil was a two-mile long strand of residue that beached on Petit Bois Island May 31. With clean-up ...

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No oil or business

Gulf Coast beaches are fine for now, but tourism business is not   GULFPORT — For the most part so far, the only thing the BP oil disaster has done to the Mississippi Gulf Coast is hurt businesses dependent on tourism dollars. Residents and experts alike can only speculate about when and how much oil from the still-gushing Deepwater Horizon ...

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Weidmann’s still cooking

Historic restaurant gets new life In late April, Meridian received some sad news — Weidmann’s restaurant had closed with no fanfare. It seemed an inglorious end to the iconic downtown establishment that had been entertaining patrons for 140 years. It was also a blow to Meridian’s downtown development plans. City officials said immediately after the announcement of the closing that ...

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