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Welty honed skills writing for Lamar Life

Eudora Welty’s father shaped the historic Lamar Life Building, and the building shaped the famed Mississippi writer’s early professional career. Work has begun to reshape the 11-story gothic revival office building erected in 1925 in downtown Jackson yet again: into apartments, retail and office space. But owner-developer Andrew Mattiace intends to acknowledge the historical use of the building in some ...

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Pickering says failed Stion Solar owes Mississippi $93 million

Associated Press Mississippi’s state auditor is formally demanding that a failed solar panel maker pay nearly $93 million that he says is owed to state and local governments, a prelude to a possible lawsuit. Auditor Stacey Pickering demanded repayment in a letter he delivered Tuesday to Stion Corp., which closed its Hattiesburg plant last year. The Republican said it’s the ...

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Tupelo airport, Contour land $10M contract

TUPELO – The Tupelo Regional Airport and Contour Airlines got what they wanted – now it’s time to hammer out the details. Contour will continue to provide air service in Tupelo, connecting the All-America City with Nashville – or to a different or additional destination, if it chooses – as the U.S. Department of Transportation agreed to a 30-month contract ...

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Nissan to add second shift making vans at Mississippi plant

Nissan Motor Co. says it will increase van production at its Mississippi plant, adding a second shift in April. The company made the announcement Monday as it marked the 4 millionth vehicle produced at the plant since it opened in 2003. Spokeswoman Lloryn Love-Carter says about 250 workers will be redeployed from other areas to staff the second shift assembling ...

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Lamar Life Building to be converted to mixed use — apartments, retail and office

By JACK WEATHERLY Developer Andrew Mattiace will convert the historical Lamar Life Building in downtown Jackson into loft apartments and office and retail space. The conversion of the 11-story building commenced last week and will be complete in November, Mattiace said in an interview. Mattiace said he made a decision to put up a banner on the building announcing the ...

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Travel South Showcase to roll into Mississippi

By LISA MONTI When the 36th Annual Travel South Showcase rolls into the Mississippi Coast this month, it will bring in almost 700 tour operators, journalists, travel service providers and destination market organizations from around the U.S. There will be thousands of business meetings, multiple FAM tours fanning out across the state and presentations highlighting attractions and amenities all over ...

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Work starts on a new era for Northpark Mall

By JACK WEATHERLY Work started Thursday on a new era for the 34-year-0ld Northpark Mall on the Ridgeland side of County Line Road. Long the anchor of the mile-long retail corridor that historically dominated metro Jackson, the mall faced the daunting realities of the marketplace that has changed radically since 1984 across the country and world since the advent of ...

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MADE IN MISSISSIPPI — Myra Mirrors more than a ‘gadget’

By CALLIE DANIELS BRYANT When one thinks of new technology, a vision of Silicon Valley pops up. But here in Oxford, Mississippi, is a company called Myra Mirrors that invented an operating system that enables people to interact with mirrors. Two University of Mississippi students, Pontus Andersson and Sam Bertolet, founded Myra Mirrors two and a half years ago with ...

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MADE IN MISSISSIPPI — Cathead Distilleries sustains substantial growth

By JULIA MILLER Since Cathead Distillery opened in 2010, it’s mission has been simple — produce a top-notch product all while supporting Mississippi music. Despite being the state’s first legal distillery since prohibition ended in 1966, Cathead co-founder Richard Patrick said the first eight years of production have been grassroots driven with strong organic growth. “The state has been great ...

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Spectacles opens in the District at Eastover

The list of  retailers and restaurants in The District at Eastover continues to grow with the addition of Spectacles, a high-end optical boutique and optometry practice. “This space is different from your typical Jackson,” said Spectacles Owner, Dr. Rebecca Cox Patton.  “The development is truly neighborly and has such a nice ambiance.  We are thrilled to be here and are off to ...

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