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Fate of Po’ Monkey’s hinges on settlement of estate

By JACK WEATHERLY There are two questions about a historic Delta juke house: 1.) Can Po’ Monkey’s work without Po’ Monkey? 2.) Can the house be moved from the cotton field where it sprang up in the rich soil and culture of the Delta? Willie Seaberry, aka Po’ Monkey, died July 14, 2016. He had a life estate at the ...

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MATTHEW McLAUGHLIN — Finding white space

When I work with startups that are analyzing market opportunities and existing firms that are exploring other opportunities, I try to frame the discussion in terms of white space.  There is nothing proprietary about the term “white space” – it has been around at least since the dot-com frenzy of the 1990s, if not before then.  White space essentially means ...

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Delta State seeks to lease defunct golf course to developers

A Mississippi university is asking developers for ideas about what to do with the school’s defunct golf course. The Bolivar Commercial reports that Delta State University has issued a request for proposals, aiming to pick a developer sometime this summer. The university closed the Derrall Foreman Golf Course in 2017, saying the course cost too much to operate in the face ...

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Hosemann: Mississippi businesses want well-educated workers

Mississippi businesses say in an unscientific survey that the top item on their wish list is a well-educated workforce. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann’s office sent questionnaires to almost 100,000 businesses that are registered in Mississippi. He says Tuesday that more than 5,300 of them responded, and most of the answers came from businesses with fewer than 50 employees. Many ...

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Hundreds of millions being invested at Ingalls Shipbuilding

By BECKY GILLETTE The east bank, which was the original site of Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp., founded in 1938, was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Recently the parent company of Ingalls, Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII), the state’s largest private employer, announced plans to rebuild the east bank which primarily involves the addition of large, covered manufacturing areas for construction of ...

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Continental running full force to get up and running by 2020

By JULIA MILLER Since breaking ground in 2016, Continental Tires has been working diligently to get it’s $1.4 billion plant up and running full force by 2020, but it won’t take that long for the company to start making economic waves. “Continental has already been a great steward to the community,” said Greg Word, Senior Vice-President of Economic Development at ...

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New plans for Costco gas pumps closer to plaintiffs?

By JACK WEATHERLY Costco Wholesale has maintained that it would “move forward” with a plan to build a store in Ridgeland since the state Supreme Court ruled in April that the city ordinance that was crafted to accommodate the project was illegal. Now the plan has been revealed, though not in detail. The store would still be built on the ...

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Full-service grocery slated for downtown Jackson

By JACK WEATHERLY A key piece of the puzzle for revitalizing downtown Jackson is ready to be put in place. A grocery will be installed in the 366,000-square-foot Landmark Center on Capital St. at Lamar St., according to Dyke Nelson, chief operating officer of WN Management of Baton Rouge, which manages and directs the redevelopment of the building. Hattiesburg-based Roberts ...

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DENNIS SEID: Toyota begins search for 400 new team members

Just two weeks after announcing a $170 million expansion and the need for another 400 workers, Toyota Mississippi had its first in-house job fair Thursday to begin the search for that additional help. And for six hours, some 375 people came to the plant, got a brief tour and submitted their applications. How many will get hired remains to be ...

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