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Joey Brent / Courtesy of Leadership Lafayette The Oxford Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce recently kicked off its 2017 class of the Leadership Lafayette program, which will run through September. The program began in 1988 and celebrates 29 years of leadership with this year’s class.  This years class are front row, from left, Medora Justice, Alex White, Betty Bloom, Chloe ...

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DENNIS SEID: What we knew and when we knew it

Looking back at the decade since Toyota announced it was building a plant in Blue Springs, I’m still a bit surprised by the credit my newspaper was given for “keeping the news secret” until the day of the official announcement. To be honest, we didn’t know much more than anyone the day before it happened. What did we know and ...

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‘Life changing chicken’ coming soon to Mississippi

By LISA MONTI Construction will begin soon on the first of six restaurant locations for a franchise new to Mississippi that promises “life changing chicken.” Father and son franchisees Ricky Bagwell and David Bagwell will build the first Slim Chickens store in Ridgeland. Two more are planned in the Jackson area, two in the Hattiesburg area and one in Oxford. ...

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Lott Furniture reaching 100th birthday during a time of downtown Laurel renaissance

By BECKY GILLETTE Back in the 1940s, Blues musician Blind Roosevelt Graves sang and played his guitar in front of Lott Furniture at 320 Front Street almost daily. “He and his brother, Uaroy, drew massive crowds to Front Street just to hear them play, locals and travelers alike,” said Rodney Rowell, who owns Lott Furniture with his wife, Angie. “It’s ...

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Biloxi, Coast seeing more non-casino hotel rooms

By LISA MONTI Biloxi and other tourist-friendly coastal cities are seeing new investment in non-casino hotel rooms with more planned. For a tourism market that had to comeback from Hurricane Katrina, the BP oil spill and then the recession, the additional rooms and new brands are making 2017 look promising. In the past year, Biloxi added about 500 rooms, mainly ...

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Waller to be interim CEO for MEC as Wilson Prepares to Retire

Scott Waller has been named Interim President & CEO of the Mississippi Economic Council effective May 1, in preparation for the planned retirement of 19-year CEO Blake Wilson on June 16, after a 47-year career, 37 in association work. A native of Shubuta and a graduate of Mississippi State University, Waller is in his 11th year on staff at MEC, ...

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Nancy Carpenter named MBJ’s Business Woman of the Year

Nancy Luke Carpenter, CEO of Visit Columbus, was named Mississippi’s Business Woman of the Year for 2017 Thursday by the Mississippi Business Journal. Carpenter was joined by 10 finalists and 39 other honorees at an event at the Old Capitol Inn in Downtown Jackson.In 1971 Carpenter began her banking career with Unifirst Bank as Vice President.  She served as Grant Chairman of the Junior ...

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Seraphim Solar lets the sunshine in with tour of plant

By JACK WEATHERLY At last, the sun has broken through and shed light on the solar-panel maker in west Jackson. Seraphim Solar USA started making panels in February 2016 after it got its first order, according to production manager Jake Pixler. The Mississippi Business Journal last was able to report on the project in April 2016, after it was announced ...

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GM named for new Westin hotel in downtown Jackson

By JACK WEATHERLY A veteran in the hospitality industry has been selected as general manager of the Westin Jackson hotel, according to Wischermann Partners, the operator. Mike Burton will oversee operations of the 204-room hotel at 315 Tombigbee St. in downtown, which, according to the Westin website, is scheduled to open Aug. 3 – one day after the hoped-for Southern ...

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