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Aviation museum ready to take flight in Gulfport

The Mississippi Aviation Heritage Museum finally has a home. The Sun Herald reports the Gulfport City Council has agreed to a lease a former furniture store building to the John C. Robinson Brown Condor Association. The association is named for a Gulfport native who was at one time the most famous black aviator in the world and father of the ...

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Chef Szymanski promoted

Chef Frank Szymanski has been promoted to Director of Culinary Operations at the Flora Butcher. Szymanski joins the Flora Butcher with a resume that includes Chef de Cuisine positions at the Louisiana Pantry in Orange Beach, Ala., and Nick’s in Jackson. Szymanski previously worked in the kitchen of NOLA, the famed New Orleans eatery of celebrity Chef Emeril Lagasse. Szymanski ...

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Brandon plan to build 8,500-seat amphitheater seen as entertainment magnet

By JACK WEATHERLY Brandon will build an amphitheater to catch concerts that have been bypassing metro Jackson for lack of a suitable outdoor venue. The Brandon Amphitheater will built on 250 acres owned by the city south of Interstate 20. Mayor Butch Lee said in an interview Tuesday that the $20 million development, which will include six ball fields initially, ...

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Innovators Hall of Fame to add Sanderson, Howards, Mara and Sethi

Joe F. Sanderson, Jr., chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer of Sanderson Farms, Inc. in Laurel, will be honored the Mississippi Innovators Hall of Fame as the recipient of the 2016 Legend Award, which is presented to distinguished, exemplary and visionary leaders and innovators who have had a legendary impact on the state of Mississippi. Previous ...

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Gold Strike promotes Ross

Lissa Ross has been promoted to Executive Director of Human Resources at Gold Strike Casino Resort in Tunica Resorts. Ross will oversee day-to-day HR operations including Employee Relations, Employment, Training and Employee Engagement. She is also responsible to ensure adherence of all policies and procedures set forth by MGM Resorts International, Mississippi Gaming Commission and Gold Strike Casino Resort. Ross ...

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Butler Snow’s space functions as civic, arts center

By JACK WEATHERLY  Butler Snow continues to grow as a major regional law firm. And that includes its Ridgeland headquarters in the 200 Renaissance at Colony Park, where it soon will complete occupation of the top five floors. And while the law firm has 10,000 active files, according to Chairman Don Clark, 50,000 people a year avail themselves of its ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — It’s high time for a good watermelon

I know a fella who as a youngster had an unusual — no, unique – closer for selling watermelons. It wasn’t where they were grown – whether Smith County, Mississippi; Hope, Arkansas or his grandpappy’s patch. My friend is now in his 80s but he was about the age of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain’s tricksters. Back in the ...

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Canton distiller turning out corn whiskey

By JACK WEATHERLY  David Rich is turning out corn liquor at his distillery in Canton. He’s pounded the pavement of Madison and Hinds counties getting the word out about Rich Distilling Co., and getting its liquor in package stores. It’s moving off the shelves nicely, he said. McDade’s Wine and Spirits in Jackson’s Maywood Mart, for example, had sold nine ...

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