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JACK WEATHERLY — Barbecue outposts in the land of de Soto and wild pigs

SENATOBIA – In 1541, Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto brought pigs to Mississippi. They provided meat for his expeditionary force that was exploring the new world and was to cross the Mississippi River not far from here. The cloven-hoof animals have never left. They run rampant across the countryside in Mississippi and the rest of the South. Their domesticated cousins ...

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Company: No discrimination over religious objection to pants

A Mississippi restaurant chain denies that it discriminated against the religious beliefs of a Pentecostal woman by refusing to let her wear a denim skirt instead of blue jeans while she worked as a waitress. J. William Manuel, a lawyer for Georgia Blue LLC, said Wednesday in a statement that the company “does not discriminate on any basis.” Manuel says ...

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ALAN TURNER — Stuart Whitaker: In the swing of things

A few years back, Stuart Whitaker was bitten by the entrepreneurial bug, and has never recovered. After growing up in Garland, Texas, and graduating from Baylor, “I married a Mississippi girl, and here I am,” he said in a recent conversation. Stuart built a successful career in technology, working for a variety of tech companies and finally working for Mossy Oak ...

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Former restaurant owner indicted for embezzlement

A former Mississippi restaurant owner accused of embezzling child support money from a former employee has been indicted. The Clarion-Ledger reported Friday that Patrick Kelly, owner of the defunct Mint and Julep’s restaurants, was indicted on a charged of embezzlement of child support money from Charles Wiggins. Wiggins had his wages garnished by the Mississippi Department of Human Services to pay his ...

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Renee Coleman named VP of Miller Hospitality

Renee Coleman was recently named Vice President of Miller Hospitality, a restaurant development company based in Ridgeland. As vice president, Coleman oversees the finances and human resources operations of Miller Hospitality, most recently serving as Director of Accounting. Miller Hospitality will soon open Fine & Dandy, an upscale burger restaurant, in The District at Eastover. The group also oversees operations ...

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Baptist’s Madison property continues mixed-use expansion

By JACK WEATHERLY The southeast quadrant at the intersection of Mississippi 463 and Highland Colony Parkway in Madison was originally envisioned as a second medical campus for Mississippi Baptist Health Systems. But the 60-acre site bordered on the east by Interstate 55 has evolved into a mixed-use development – still with the possibility of a hospital being built there – ...

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Instacart brings home delivery of groceries to metro Jackson

  By JACK WEATHERLY The days of home delivery of dairy products were long gone till megachains recently found a way to make use of an expanded version of that old business model. One of the latest delivery systems, Instacart, started operating in the Jackson area on Thursday, servicing customers of Kroger, Petco and Whole Foods. Kroger had said in May ...

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Jesse Houston joins Fine & Dandy team

Jesse Houston has been named culinary director and acting executive chef of Fine & Dandy, an upscale burger restaurant that opens this fall in The District at Eastover. Miller Hospitality, a Jackson-based restaurant development company, is behind Fine & Dandy A James Beard Semi Finalist for “Best Chef South” in 2016, Houston most recently worked in Jackson at Saltine Oyster ...

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Tammy Wynette restaurant opens to big crowds, long waits

By ADAM ARMOUR / Itawamba County Times TREMONT – The restaurant that will fund Tremont’s memorial to the “First Lady of Country Music” has opened its doors. The Tammy Wynette Legacy Park Restaurant, located inside the park’s main building, held a soft opening this past weekend. Turnout was larger than expected, and the small staff faced large crowds and a few ...

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Cantina Laredo opens in District at Eastover

By JACK WEATHERLY The Cantina Laredo, a full-service, upscale Mexican restaurant, opened this week at the District at Eastover in Jackson. Serving food inspired by the cuisine of Mexico City, the 7,776-square-foot restaurant seats more than 250 and includes a cooled patio overlooking green space and fountains. The restaurant is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., ...

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