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McDonald’s restaurants expect to hire 4,500 in Mississippi this summer

McDonald’s and its independent franchisees are gearing up to hire approximately 4,500 restaurant employees in Mississippi to better serve customers this busy season. This is good news for job seekers who are interested in pursuing an education while working since McDonald’s recently announced that it is allocating $150 million over five years to its global Archways to Opportunity education program, ...

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Soybeans to take major hit as China announces equal penalties to retaliate for US tariffs

China’s government responded quickly to U.S. President Donald Trump’s tariff hike on Chinese goods by announcing Friday it will immediately impose penalties of “equal strength” on U.S. products. The Commerce Ministry said it also was scrapping deals to buy more American farm goods and other exports as part of efforts to defuse a sprawling dispute over its trade surplus and ...

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Mississippi mayor says city needs development director

A Mississippi mayor says their city needs an economic development director to enhance its downtown area. Natchez Mayor Darryl Grennell and City Planner Riccardo Giani said Wednesday that a downtown development director could be the catalyst that moves the area forward. The Natchez Democrat reports downtown business owners have been calling for a director. The mayor says he plans to request that ...

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Mississippi Economic Council announces 2018-2019 Board Leadership

The Mississippi Economic Council (MEC) recently elected officers for the Board of Directors for 2018-2019. Elected officers include: · James Daniel “Dan” Rollins III, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of BancorpSouth Bank, as MEC’s 2018-2019 Chair. · William A. “Lex” Taylor III, President and Chairman of the Board of The Taylor Group, Inc., as MEC’s 2019-2020 Chair. ...

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Consent decree to cost Mississippi city more than $120M

A city council in Mississippi has voted to enter an agreement to avoid litigation by updating its sewer system at a cost of more than $120 million over the next 20 years. News outlets report the Meridian City Council agreed to enter into a consent decree Tuesday with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice. The EPA found ...

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Mississippi city approves increases to water and sewer rates

Officials in a Mississippi city have increased how much customers of its water and sewer systems will pay for the services. The Vicksburg Post reports Vicksburg’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved an ordinance Monday, setting the new rates. Half of the increases will be levied in October, and the other half in October 2019. The least a residential water customer will ...

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$11.5 million Madison County distribution center announced 

By JACK WEATHERLY The Fastenal Co. will build a $11.5 million istribution center in Madison County and expects to create 60 jobs over the next three years.   Fastenal provides companies with fasteners, tools and supplies needed to manufacture products, build structures and maintain facilities and equipment. The 129,000-square-foot Madison County distribution center, the company‘s 15th in North America, will be located off Sowell Road.   The Mississippi Development Authority is providing $350,000 for ...

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Horne to move to new headquarters in Ridgeland

By JACK WEATHERLY Horne LLP has entered into an agreement with The Cress Group and Rogers & Associates, which will construct a building bearing the Horne name. A ground-breaking ceremony is scheduled for June 15, with completion expected in January 2020. Horne will occupy 70,885 square feet of the three-story, 95,712-square-foot building bearing its name, with the Cress Group occupying ...

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Pearl River project for Jackson churns up opposition in Louisiana

A plan to build a dam on a river in Mississippi and create a lake is drawing fierce opposition. The goal of damming the Pearl River is to prevent flooding in the Jackson, Mississippi, area. The New Orleans Advocate reports that some of the strongest objections are coming from Louisiana. Environmental groups, commercial and recreational fishermen, and people who live in the ...

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