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Miss. business receives contract for manufactured homes

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded a $6.76 million contract to a Holmes County business to supply temporary housing for Louisiana flood victims. U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran said in a news release Lexington Homes, Inc. was awarded the fixed-price contract to construct and deliver 155 manufactured homes, which will be used to support flood disaster recovery efforts in Louisiana. ...

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Study finds state’s revenue growth slowing

By BOBBY HARRISON Despite the fact that Gov. Phil Bryant and legislators have been struggling with declining tax revenue and budget cuts, Mississippi is one of 29 states where collections, when adjusted for inflation, have rebounded to new peaks since what is known as the Great Recession of 2008-09. A report by the Pew Charitable Trust, released earlier this month, ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Pathways for unmotivated people become useless pathways

Pathways” is the popular word today for fixing broken, adolescent, and unsuccessful people.    Here are a few examples. At the federal level there are the Pathways out of Poverty Act, the National Institutes of Health Pathways to Prevention program, and the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention Pathways courses. At the state level there are Governor Phil Bryant’s Mississippi Works Smart Start Career Pathway, the Mississippi ...

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Appeal bond for Watkins under consideration

Associated Press Mississippi Court of Appeals judges are considering whether a Jackson developer who was ordered to pay more than $600,000 for securities violations must post an appeals bond while he tries to overturn that ruling. Three judges heard arguments Wednesday from attorneys representing developer David Watkins and from lawyers for Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. Requiring Watkins to post ...

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Looking south for trade with Cuba

By JACK WEATHERLY  Mississippi is joining the hunt for “gold” in Cuba as the United States appears to be moving toward resumption of trade with the island nation 90 miles off the tip of Florida after a 55-year embargo. The nation of 11 million in so many ways is frozen in time, typified by 1950s autos that have been recycled ...

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(WATCH) MBJ BUSINESS SHOWCASE — In the swing of things: Sanderson Farms Championship 2016

Recently, we had a chance to talk with Steve Jent, tournament director for the Sanderson Farms Championship, to catch up on the details for this year’s event. The tournament this year will be held October 24-30, a bit earlier than last year. Some might remember that last year’s event was held in November, and was somewhat challenged by weather, although ...

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Piccadillys in Jackson undergoing $1M upgrade

By JACK WEATHERLY  Piccadilly Cafeterias has gone through some hard times, and now as a more streamlined chain, it is re-invigorating its operations. It is investing $1 million in its two Jackson stores, for example, primarily the flagship property in Lefleur’s Gallery on the Interstate 55 North Frontage Road, along with the one in the Robinson Road Shopping Center in ...

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Burlington to open store on County Line in Jackson

By JACK WEATHERLY Burlington Stores will open a 50,000-square-foot store in County Line Plaza on Friday. It will fill a large hole in the retail lineup. “We’re thrilled to open a new Burlington in the Jackson community, bringing more jobs to the neighborhood and providing local residents with a valued shopping experience,” Chairman and Chief Executive Tom Kingsbury said in ...

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Madison Mosquito Squad makes it safe to enjoy your back yard

By BECKY GILLETTE The Madison County Chamber of Commerce is planning a ribbon cutting at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 27 at the chamber office for new member Bradley Downey, owner of the Mosquito Squad of Greater Jackson and Vicksburg. While Downey’s home office in in Vicksburg, he provides services throughout the Jackson metro area, and connecting with the Madison County Chamber of ...

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