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Legal Mississippi-made bourbon becomes a reality

By JACK WEATHERLY Soon, bourbon fans will be able to sip the first whiskey made legally in Mississippi since 1908. That’s when the state anticipated by some 10 years the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by banning the making and sale of alcohol in the Magnolia State. But Mississippi jumped on the prohibition band wagon. It was the first state to ratify the ...

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Animal health care company to open Mississippi facility

An animal health care company has announced a new Mississippi distribution center, carrying a $1.7 million investment and the creation of 27 jobs. Henry Schein Animal Health announced in a news release Monday that it will begin operations in a 50,000-square-foot facility in Southaven in December. Henry Schein Animal Health offers products and solutions to more than 29,000 veterinary professionals. ...

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Regional director criticizes Mississippi economic agency

A regional economic development director is criticizing the Mississippi agency that seeks to bring jobs to the state. Joe Max Higgins is chief executive officer of Golden Triangle Development LINK, based in Columbus. He told The Commercial Dispatch that he believes Mississippi Development Authority leaders have a combative relationship with local and regional development groups. Higgins said MDA director Glenn McCullough tries ...

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Tray Hairston Elected to Mississippi Main Street Board of Directors

Tray Hairston of Butler Snow has been elected to the Mississippi Main Street Association’s board of directors. The mission of the Mississippi Main Street Association is to provide visionary leadership, guidance and counsel to communities across the state through organization, promotion, design and economic development to make cities and towns better places to work, live and play. Hairston focuses his ...

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Madison County groups name youth leadership class

The Madison County Business League & Foundation and the Madison County Economic Development Authority recently named their 2017-18 Madison County Youth Leadership Class. The three-day program will teach students about local, county and state governments as well as Madison County’s quality of life. Students are, from row, from left, Jacob Carter, Canton Academy; Jessica Hamer, Ridgeland High School; Madisyn Nichols, ...

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Restaurateurs dive into the barbecue pool

By JACK WEATHERLY There are dozens of restaurants that specialize in barbecue in the Jackson area. So what makes David Raines and Steve and Lisa Beagles think they can take a bite out of that market? For Raines, it’s because the success and hurrahs for his Flora Butcher Shop, which opened in 2016 and specializes in above-prime waygu beef. Playing ...

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Higginbotham sells Porsche dealership; new owner plans expansion

By JACK WEATHERLY Higginbotham Automobiles LLC announced on Wednesday the sale of the Porsche of Jackson dealership so it can focus on growing its Mercedes-Benz of Jackson dealership. Higginbotham is selling the Porsche dealership to Smith Automotive Group of Delray Beach, Fla. Greg Peeples, who is general manager for the Porsche dealership, said he will remain in that position for Porsche ...

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9-screen movie house doesn’t make cut at Eastover, but food hall will

By JACK WEATHERLY The District at Eastover had for several years touted a nine-screen luxury movie theater featuring as one of its assets in the mixed-use development in north Jackson. But developers Breck Hines and Ted Duckworth found that the rent was too high for theater operators, Hines said in an interview Monday. So no theater with reclining chairs, good ...

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Mississippi bathtub maker reopens after fire, adding 20 jobs

A company that makes fiberglass showers and bathtubs is reopening in northeast Mississippi after a fire, and will add 20 jobs with a $1.5 million investment. Baymont Bathware, a unit of Indiana-based Patrick Industries, announced the plans Wednesday. The company had 151 workers before a May fire. It has 89 workers now, but is pledging to reach 171 workers by ...

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UPDATE: Leasing agents say Northpark will undergo $50 million redo

By JACK WEATHERLY The official plans had not been made public, but leasing agents reached out in advance on Tuesday to say Northpark Mall in Ridgeland will undergo a $50 million upgrade. Brooks Corr of Retail Specialists LLC of Birmingham told the Mississippi Business Journal  that work on the 958,000-square foot mall on County Line Road will begin in the first quarter. Najla ...

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