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Small changes can add up

Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Jackson president Sherry Rainey says saving money in a stifling economy starts with a realistic look at how your money is being spent and what changes you can realistically make. “Even small changes can add up to big savings over time,” she said. Here are a few simple tips Rainey offers clients: • Reduce your ...

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Staggering losses

Crop damage estimated at nearly $500M John Anderson looked out his car window and surveyed yet another flooded field of soybeans. An agriculture economist at Mississippi State University, Anderson knows well the current crop loss estimates — in late October, he and colleague Dr. John Michael Riley figured it at approximately $371 million, or 23 percent. A little over a ...

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Chromcraft adds soy to foam ‘recipe’

  Mississippi company using renewable raw materials to make foam On Nov. 3, the team at residential and commercial furniture manufacturer Chromcraft in Senatobia were hard at work incorporating a new formula in their “recipe” for foam. The company, a division of Chromcraft Revington Inc., has taken another step in its commitment to promoting sustainable home and work environments. The ...

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Big plans for special session hit a snag

After big announcement for 500 jobs in the Delta, company says it needs more time for preparations   The longest and loudest round of applause at the Mississippi Economic Council’s annual Hobnob Mississippi came when Gov. Haley Barbour told the crowd under the tent that he was preparing to issue a call for a special session in which lawmakers would ...

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Viking Range gets creative as it unveils new line

Viking Range Corp. has gotten creative in the down economy by launching a lower-priced Designer Series that will appeal to a new, larger target market. Twenty years ago, Viking started the brand known for the professional and commercial look in the kitchen. Now, another market segment wants a sleeker, modern look. The Viking Designer Series helps us take advantage of ...

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Saturn owners: So, what is next?

Jackson dealership will stay open selling used vehicles   On Wednesday, Sept. 30, Saturn of Jackson owner Phil Moore closely monitored the televisions at his dealership in anticipation of a big announcement. Having been given several rounds of assurances from General Motors that a deal to sell the Saturn brand to Penske Automotive Group was imminent, Moore waited for the ...

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Success found at Lost Dog Pizza

Dream turns into profitable reality for high school buddies   Opening a restaurant together was a longtime dream for high school friends Preston Lott and Brooks Roberts, now the owners of the popular gourmet pizza restaurants Lost Dog Pizza Company in Indianola and Cleveland.  Opening a restaurant was something they talked about as roommates at Mississippi State University and after ...

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Art booming in down economy

Ridgeland artist calls lessons ‘therapy for recovering perfectionists’ On a Monday night in Ridgeland the Easely Amused studio is packed with beginning artists eager for proprietor Bridget Tisdale’s instruction on how to paint a picture of a flower arrangement. Women of various ages and occupations arrive with smiles and check in with a hospitable Tisdale, who remembers customers by name ...

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Joining Forces

  Four-state alliance could bring tanker contract and 45,000 jobs to southeast region Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida don’t agree on much, outside of each state’s passionate hatred for the others’ Southeastern Conference football teams. Thirty-five billion dollars of U.S. Air Force money sure can change the tone. Last week in Bay Minette, Ala., a couple hundred people gathered for ...

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Is Ethanol Worth It?

Experts weigh in regarding new plant in Fulton The announcement of plans for a new ethanol plant in Fulton raises questions about the benefits and drawbacks of ethanol and its production process. Some studies say ethanol takes more energy to make than the resulting fuel generates. Regardless, biofuel technology is still developing and is extremely important in the search for ...

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