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Children’s home services opens new campus

Organization still needs to raise about $400,000   Mississippi Children’s Homes Services (MCHS), the state’s oldest adoption agency, has opened a new Jackson campus of three new children’s residences, arts and education building and recreation area. The organization seeks to raise $400,000 by the year’s end to help fund the remainder of the $8 million project. MCHS opened in 1912, ...

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Despite economy, business is still good for Mississippi’s outfitters

    With an array of wildlife including waterfowl, deer, quail, dove, rabbit and squirrel, and acres of bottomland hardwoods, longleaf pine and agriculture food plots, the state of Mississippi, few would argue, is a paradise for hunters and fishermen.   In hunting parlance, the state offers outdoors enthusiasts the ideal habitat. And in turn, Mississippi hunting guide and outfitters ...

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Law firms ‘make rain’ at recent symposium

    Not unlike most businesses in 2009, law firms aren’t immune to the effects of a less-than-robust economy.   That was the prevailing theme among attendees of the Jackson regional meeting of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), an invitation-only organization of 2,500 peer-reviewed defense attorneys practicing corporate and insurance law. The topic was “Making Rain in a ...

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University Merger Plan

‘I’m not the first person who ever thought of combining the W with Mississippi State’ Barbour’s plan to reduce state universities to 5 meets expected challenges During Gov. Haley Barbour’s press conference last week in which he unveiled his budget recommendation for fiscal year 2011 a reporter asked him how he came to the conclusion that merging some of the ...

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The hunting economy

Hunting generates nearly $1 billion in Mississippi and 17,000 jobs every year Like college football and homemade biscuits with red eye gravy, deer hunting is a Mississippi tradition shared by young and old, rich and poor, and regardless of social or economic status. Deer hunting is not Democratic or Republican; it knows no geographic or congressional lines.  Its history and ...

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Which is it?

Mississippi Power wants to use coal while other energy providers move to gas   Mississippi Power Company wants to build a $2.2-billion lignite coal plant in Kemper County to fill an energy generation need because a dependence on pricey, volatile natural gas would be too expensive for rate payers. Yet the chief financial officer of Mississippi Power’s parent, Southern Company, ...

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Eastover negotiations come to halt

Negotiations between a Jackson developer and the state to build a mixed-use development on the Old Blind School site in Jackson have broken down. Ted Duckworth said last week that he would seek to modify the legislation that outlines the terms that have governed negotiations between him and the Mississippi Development Authority and Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann.  The sticking ...

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‘We’ve gone into silent mode’

No one in Tunica has heard from GreenTech since ground-breaking   In early October, Chinese businessman Charles Wang held a ceremony in Tunica announcing plans to build a  $1-billion hybrid vehicle manufacturing facility. GreenTech, Wang’s company, would employ 1,500 people directly and produce as many hybrid vehicles annually as Toyota does, Wang said.  The project’s size and ambition was upstaged ...

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TUNICA WAITS

As two major developments are on back burner, Tunica County’s unemployment rate sits at 13 percent Mississippi’s unemployment rate has, for the past 12 months, averaged 8.9 percent.  Aside from plunging tax revenue that is forcing lawmakers to make some uncomfortable decisions with the state’s budget, the unemployment rate is the starkest indicator that the effects of the national recession are ...

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It’s all about being hip and funky

Libby Story McRight found a need and then provided it The creativity Libby Story McRight and her husband, John Hunter McRight, share is reflected in the hip, funky clothing stores the couple own in Mississippi. The latest, trendy styles in young ladies fashion are infused with Libby Story McRight’s even fresher spin on fashion. Libby Story McRight learned the ins ...

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