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Capitol Art Lofts finally heads toward becoming reality

By JACK WEATHERLY Cold westerly winds of change barreled down Capitol Street in downtown Jackson Monday morning as a long-awaited project turned its last corner toward becoming a reality. The Capitol Art Lofts had been stalled several years in the planning stage due to funding problems. But New Orleans-based HRI Properties Inc. announced Sept. 14 that the last part of ...

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MOVING TO MEXICO? — Batesville Casket to close Panola plant

By JACK WEATHERLY Faced with shrinking demand, the Batesville Casket Co. plant in Panola County will close its doors in March after nearly 30 years in operation. Two hundred are employed at the plant, where hardwood coffins are assembled. The plant was opened in 1988 because “we were looking for a plant located near the Vicksburg facility,” Indiana-based parent Batesville ...

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Hotel Pass Christian is big on amenities

By LISA MONTI Hotel Pass Christian, under construction on the beachfront in the small town it is named for, will open late next month with plenty of amenities plus more to come in the spring. Owner Jourdan Nicaud’s Bacchus on the Beach restaurant, across Scenic Drive from the boutique hotel, will prepare all room service for guests. Nicaud also owns ...

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Cantina Laredo to open in District at Eastover

FROM MBJ STAFF Consolidated Restaurant Operations, Inc. plans to open a Cantina Laredo restaurant in the District at Eastover in Jackson in the summer. Cantina Laredo, featuring modern Mexican cuisine — from the signature Casa’Rita made with fresh squeezed limes, to “top shelf” guacamole, prepared tableside, fresh fish paired with distinctive salsas and sizzling Mexican Apple Pie served on a ...

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Cleaning without toxics a draw for customers of Freedom Cleaning

By BECKY GILLETTE Jacqueline Lee, 31, earned a degree in photojournalism from the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) in 2006. In 2011, Lee was in between jobs and looking at a source of income where she could be self-employed. She took an accounting class at USM, and decided she wanted to try her hand as a small business owner. » ...

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Electric car maker GreenTech lays off Mississippi workers

Electric car maker GreenTech Automotive has laid off some or all employees at its Mississippi Delta plant. Mississippi Department of Employment Security spokeswoman Dianne Bell told The Associated Press Thursday that the agency has been told GreenTech is “shutting down” in Tunica County. GreenTech didn’t return requests for comment. GreenTech owes Mississippi $2.85 million, after making an overdue $150,000 loan ...

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Cold start to year pushes large number of ducks into Delta

Mississippi officials say cold weather last week resulted in the highest count of ducks in the state since at least 2005. The Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks released survey numbers Thursday, part of a nationwide count. The aerial survey estimates there were 1.44 million total ducks and 678,000 mallards in the Mississippi Delta during the counting period. Waterfowl Program Coordinator Houston ...

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GOP state Rep. Barker running for mayor of Hattiesburg

Third-term Republican state Rep. Toby Barker says he is running for mayor of Hattiesburg. The city’s Democratic mayor, Johnny DuPree, said months ago that he will seek a fifth term this year. The Hattiesburg American reports Barker announced his candidacy in a news release Thursday. He says he wants to unify the city by focusing on “quality education, state-of-the-art infrastructure ...

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New steakhouses heading to Coast

By LISA MONTI In the heart of the seafood loving Mississippi Coast, where menus tend to be top- heavy with shrimp, oysters, crabs and fish dishes, a couple of new restaurants are specializing in sizzling steaks served with traditional sides and top brands of wine and liquor. In Pass Christian, restaurateur Thomas Genin has opened a small steakhouse on the ...

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State wins ‘deal of year’ for landing Continental

Mississippi has been awarded Business Facilities’ 2016 Economic Development Deal of the Year for recruiting Continental Tire’s commercial vehicle tire manufacturing plant to Hinds County. Continental Tire announced in February 2016 it will locate in Mississippi, a $1.45 billion investment creating 2,500 jobs over the next decade. In addition, the project is estimated to create 2,740 indirect and more than ...

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