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TECH 21 — Mississippi’s most wanted in technology for 2016

When examining Mississippi’s contributions to the technology world, there are tech veterans whose works are still being felt, and there are young minds who are bringing new ideas. The Tech 21 is the Mississippi Business Journal’s take on some of the top contributors to technology in Mississippi and the world.   JIM BARKSDALE, Chairman & President Barksdale Management Jim Barksdale’s ...

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Gulfport casino developers get site approval

Site approval for a proposed casino at the Gulfport Harbor now is in the name of Gulfport Gaming Development. Allen Godfrey, executive director of the Gaming Commission, tells The Sun Herald the company went before the Mississippi Gaming Commission on Thursday in Jackson and was granted site approval. The request for site approval was pulled off the agenda in July ...

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Jackson’s Residence Inn welcomes guests on first day

By JACK WEATHERLY The first check-in on the first day for the Marriott Residence Inn is taking the name of the hotel seriously. The man, a walk-in, registered at 11:15 a.m. Thursday in the 95-suite hotel – 45 minutes after the doors opened. Without being asked by her interviewer, a pleased general manager Nita Smith said, “nine months,” with a ...

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Another Newcomb digs into the fast-casual food business

By JACK WEATHERLY  Don and Chris Newcomb are the father-and-son team that created McAlister’s Deli and Newk’s Eatery, two very successful fast-casual food chains based in Mississippi. And John Newcomb? Same family – nephew to Don and first cousin to Chris. Different restaurant. Freshii, a chain started by Matthew Corrin in 2005, will have grown to 300 restaurants in 85 ...

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Brandon plan to build 8,500-seat amphitheater seen as entertainment magnet

By JACK WEATHERLY Brandon will build an amphitheater to catch concerts that have been bypassing metro Jackson for lack of a suitable outdoor venue. The Brandon Amphitheater will built on 250 acres owned by the city south of Interstate 20. Mayor Butch Lee said in an interview Tuesday that the $20 million development, which will include six ball fields initially, ...

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First Chiquita ship rolls into State Port

It was an evening of firsts on the West Pier of the State Port of Gulfport. The Sun Herald reports the first Chiquita ship rolled in Monday almost two years after the fruit company severed its 40-year tenancy at the port for a berth in New Orleans. Chiquita will be the first use of the state port’s new cranes that ...

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Condos coming to Bay St. Louis beachfront

By LISA MONTI It took developer Chet LeBlanc 11 years, but his nine-unit Front Street Inn condo development on North Beach Boulevard in historic Old Town Bay St. Louis is set to break ground this month. “This will be first place where you can own property downtown and live their full-time if you choose to,” LeBlanc said. The original project, which ...

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Hotel to open Aug. 18 at District at Eastover

By JACK WEATHERLY  The Marriott Residence Inn will open on Aug. 18, marking the completion of the second major aspect of the 585,000-square-foot District at Eastover mixed-use development in Jackson. The four-story hotel’s 95 suites will have separate sleeping and living areas and are designed for business travelers and others needing an extended stay. It will also have a swimming ...

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Q&A — Credit union feeling shifts in business

By LISA MONTI  Jimmy Smith, president and CEO of Singing River Federal Credit Union since 1993, was elected to the board of directors in 2002 and currently serves as chairman of the Mississippi Credit Union Association. Smith has an MBA from William Carey University and a banking and finance degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. Among his professional affiliations, ...

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