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Court-appointed receiver finding interest in former Walthall Hotel

A court-appointed receiver is in talks with several prospective buyers of downtown Jackson’s Roberts Vista Hotel, currently shuttered and awaiting repairs from water damage. The hotel, known more commonly in Jackson as The Walthall, for local Civil War figure Edward Cary Walthall, whose name it bore upon opening 85 years ago. As it as a few times in the past, ...

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US jobless rate falls to 7.8 pct., 44-month low

WASHINGTON — The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent last month, dropping below 8 percent for the first time in nearly four years. The rate declined because more people found work, a trend that could have an impact on undecided voters in the final month before the presidential election. The Labor Department said Friday that employers added 114,000 jobs ...

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Silver working with Delta Airlines to fix kinks in Tupelo

by Dennis Seid/NEMS Daily Journal As it turns out, fliers who had been going to Delta.com didn’t find any flights between Tupelo and Atlanta. They still can’t. But, said Mickey Bowman, Silver’s vice president of essential air service, that problem will be solved soon. “Hopefully it’ll be done by the first of November,” he said. Bowman, along with airport and ...

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Fondren food tasting scratched, reset for spring

Fans of Fondren’s food offerings will have to wait until spring for the “Taste of Fondren.” The Fondren Renaissance Foundation has rescheduled the restaurant cuisine sampling fundraiser for sometime in the spring. The event was to be held Thursday, Oct.11, at Duling Hall, but organizers decided spring would provide an opportunity to increase the variety of food offerings and restaurant ...

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House Speaker Gunn seeking citizen views on legislative issues

  Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn will travel the state next week for a series of town hall-style meetings to gather comments and suggestions in preparation for the 2013 legislative session. The meetings will take place the week of Oct. 8, and each meeting will last for an hour and 15 minutes. Here’s the schedule: Monday, Oct. 8, 
9 a.m. ...

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Officials to present Metro Jackson 10-year economic plan

Vision 2022/One-Voice, a 10-year economic plan for Metro Jackson, will be unveiled at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Jackson Convention Center. Metro area city officials and business leaders will be on hand to discuss the multi-year plan to transform the Greater Jackson Region into a destination community attracting businesses, families, and tourists for its quality of life “Place” and economic ...

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Nissan bringing back low-cost Datsun cars in emerging countries

Nissan Motor Co. is banking on retro to bring in big bucks in emerging countries with its revival of the Datsun, a name people over 40 might remember for the slogan “Datsun, We Are Driven!” In a Wall Street Journal report, the Japanese car maker and major central Mississippi employer is said to be preparing a new, low-cost version of ...

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Politics, not recession, affecting local economic development

Has the recession affected economic development efforts on the local level in Mississippi? Three professional economic developers in different parts of the state say the recession is not a major problem. In Choctaw County, Nick Walters says the uncertainty about the political scene is more of a concern than the economy. “A lot of it is that people are getting ...

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SBA extending direct loans to coastal businesses, residents in wake of Isaac

  Hurricane Isaac’s late August battering of the Mississippi coast has left an estimated 1,500 businesses eligibility for low-cost federal disaster recovery loans administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration. In addition to disaster assistance applications from 1,558 businesses that claim at least some property damage, another 27 businesses that had no physical damage but claim economic injuries have applied ...

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CARTER: Give ADP failing marks on Clinton shutdown disclosure

  T.J. McSparrin at the Clinton Chamber had a to do-list last Thursday morning that included a call to Automatic Data Processing, better known as ADP. Time to pitch them on renewing their Chamber membership. You may want to scratch that from your list, I told her. ADP would soon be on a midnight train to Georgia – and leaving ...

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