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Kelly-Green is Lenny’s leading lady

Oxford native owns 11 sub shops in state, which is tops in Mississippi   Before she became a successful entrepreneur, Edith Kelly-Green worked for almost 30 years in the button-down, suit-and-tie world of corporate America. The Oxford native spent 26 of those years as a FedEx vice-president. “When I retired from FedEx at 50, I retired to do nothing, which ...

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‘Legal’ homemade liquor

Forty-four years after prohibition ended in Mississippi, its first distillery is opened Spirits consumers around the state can now enjoy a homegrown product. That is, a legal homegrown product. After all, Mississippi, which had banned alcohol in 1907, was the last state to repeal Prohibition. The year? 1966. But it’s a new day in the Magnolia State. Cathead Distillery, Mississippi’s ...

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McAuliffe proves to be as evasive as Wang

Despite groundbreaking for billion dollar Tunica car plant, GreenTech officials are MIA In the roughly eight months since Chinese businessman Charles Wang popped up in Tunica County and claimed he wanted to build a hybrid vehicle manufacturing facility there, not much has happened, and even less has been heard. State economic development officials all say they’re waiting on GreenTech Automotive, ...

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Barksdale: Name change won’t alter business

Regions Bank acquired bonding and insurance company in Jan. 2008 The name may have changed but the company formerly known as Barksdale Bonding & Insurance will operate the same. A long-time presence on the Jackson business scene, Barksdale officially became Regions Insurance on May 17. Regions acquired Barksdale Bonding & Insurance in January 2008. Along with the change of its ...

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Project awaits movement from DFA

Mixed-use development in Jackson has been mired in delays for more than three years In early May, Gov. Haley Barbour signed new legislation that will guide negotiations between the state and a developer for a mixed-use development on the site of the Old Blind School in Jackson’s Eastover neighborhood. Under legislation passed three years ago, the Mississippi Development Authority and ...

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Butler Snow’s Robinson uses time for stint in Iraq

    Last year, E. Barney Robinson III was all set to spend his hard-earned three-month sabbatical from Ridgeland law firm Butler Snow with his family in Scotland.   They would rent a house, enroll their children in a Scottish school and Robinson and his wife would rejuvenate and recharge while soaking in another culture. But after careful consideration, Robinson ...

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Taking time to unplug and reflect

Some Mississippi companies urge employees to take paid sabbaticals Most employees in the business world would admit that working 40-plus hours a week for 49-plus weeks a year is a lot of time behind a desk. So it’s no surprise that professional men and women might imagine all the things they could be doing with their time besides committing the ...

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Future of business at risk?

State Supreme Court ruling will affect all economic development going forward Politics, money and emotion formed a combustible mix in the halls of the state Capitol the early part of the 2000s as the business community and plaintiffs’ attorneys and their interests waged war over tort reform. The battle lines were simple: The business community claimed Mississippi’s legal climate had ...

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‘Second Battle of Port Gibson’

Widening Church Street polarizes Claiborne Co. community Few Mississippi communities straddle the past and the future quite like Port Gibson. Just outside the city limits lies Mississippi’s only nuclear power plant, Grand Gulf Nuclear Station, which is preparing for an upgrade that would make it the most powerful energy-generating nuclear reactor in the U.S. This is in stark contrast to ...

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Without tax credit, there’s fear in housing market

The bell tolled on the first-time homebuyers federal tax credit program April 30. At 11:59 p.m. CDT, to be exact. To spur the nation’s moribund housing market, the federal government dangled a tax credit worth up to $8,000 for first-time homebuyers and up to $6,500 for those who already owned homes.  To collect the credit, the buyer must have signed ...

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