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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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Waide: Petition drive is ‘on schedule’

Farm Bureau has been leading the charge to get the issue on the statewide ballot since 2009 It has been several months since the effort to get eminent domain on the 2011 statewide ballot started, and the head of the organization spearheading the movement is confident the required number of signatures is within reach. “We’re doing well,” said David Waide, ...

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Spill creates a river of concerns

  While the Gulf oil spill has the Coast waiting and wondering, it also has ratcheted up concerns along the Mississippi River. Handling hundreds of millions of tons of goods annually, a stoppage or interruption of river traffic could create an economic disaster for the state and nation on an industrial scale. So far, the impact of the oil spill ...

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Gulf Coast fishermen really hurting

BILOXI — While other Mississippi Gulf Coast tourism workers are feeling the pinch of the BP oil disaster, deep sea fishermen are for the most part already unemployed. Following Memorial Day weekend, federal waters outside the Mississippi state line were closed to fishing, shutting down charter boat captains who make their livings taking tourists out for red snapper. Other popular ...

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Promise of GreenTech empty for many

Locals say something other than casino jobs need to be available, but GreenTech looks like a tease   TUNICA — Not much has changed on Scenic Route 304 that runs east and west from Interstate 55 to Tunica County. After you circle around the square in Hernando and head west toward the Delta, there isn’t much to see other than ...

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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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