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Ridgeland homeowners win interim rulings in Costco case

By JACK WEATHERLY Nine homeowners opposing the building of a Costco Wholesale store on Highland Colony Parkway in Ridgeland have won two interim rulings since they filed an appeal with the Mississippi Supreme Court. Most recently, Justice Leslie D. King ruled Oct. 23 against a motion by the city to strike information that allegedly had not been considered by Madison ...

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Memphis area awaits outcome of Amazon headquarters ‘sweepstakes’

By JACK WEATHERLY Memphis is part of the stampede of U.S. cities bidding for Amazon’s second headquarters with 50,000 potentially jobs and $5 billion in corporate investment. Some counties across the Mississippi line stand to benefit from the promised gargantuan development. Those counties help the city meet one requirement of the giant online retailer, that of having a population of ...

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Diaz recognized with Spirit Award

Natalia Diaz was recently presented the Marsha N. Hamilton Spirit Award by Gov. Phil Bryant during the Excellence in Exporting awards ceremony. The award was given to Diaz for her service and professional dedication in economic development. Natalia is a member of the Jackson County Economic Development Foundation, where she serves as the Director of Asset and Resource Management.

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Chamber announces newly elected board members

The Columbus Lowndes Chamber of Commerce has elected three new board members: Matt Bogue, The Dutch Oil Group; Greg Stewart, Aurora Flight Sciences; and Jill Savely, EMCC Golden Triangle Early College High School. Bogue, Stewart, and Savely will serve a three-year terms from October 2017- September 2020 and were elected by majority vote by the Chamber membership. The CLCC Board ...

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Mississippi’s trade mission to Cuba stymied by Trump orders

By JACK WEATHERLY With some exceptions, American travelers won’t be able to stay in famed writer Ernest Hemingway’s favorite Havana hotel. The Hotel Ambos Mundo is on the state Department’s restricted list issued earlier this month. One hundred and eighty government-owned businesses, including 83 hotels, are on the Cuba Restrictions List imposed on Nov. 9. What do the hotel restrictions have to do ...

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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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