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Gautier artist turns sketches of dolls into cottage industry

By Tammy Leytham    GAUTIER — Micah Nelson came from a line of “awesome seamstresses,” but didn’t take advantage of learning the craft when she had the chance. She wishes now she had. Sewing skills would come in handy in her cottage industry of making and selling dolls, Magnolia Fox Studios. “I learn as I go,” she said. “When I see ...

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Kate spade, lululemon set grand openings in Highland Village

Two new businesses are preparing to open their first Mississippi locations in Highland Village, just as the holiday season begins. Kate spade new york plans its grand opening for Friday, and lululemon athletica follows a week later with its opening Nov. 14. Both stores are in Highland Village’s North Courtyard near Maison Weiss. “WS Development is committed to making Highland ...

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Ingalls authenticates keel for sixth Coast Guard cutter

PASCAGOULA — Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula has authenticated the keel of the sixth U.S. Coast Guard national security cutter, Munro (WMSL 755). The ship is named to honor Coast Guard Signalman First Class Douglas A. Munro. Munro died on Sept. 27, 1942, on Guadalcanal while rescuing a detachment of Marines. For his actions, Munro was posthumously awarded the Medal of ...

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Nissan Canton goes global after rolling out first Murano

CANTON — Nissan’s Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant has gone global as the company rolls the first all-new 2015 Nissan Murano off the line today, marking the first time the model has been produced in the U.S. Nissan Canton is now the company’s worldwide hub for Murano production, expanding export opportunities from the plant to more than 100 markets. “The strategic ...

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Arrival of Hollywood Rentals seen as 'game changer' for Mississippi film industry

Mississippi’s place on the movie-making map just got substantially bigger with an announcement that one of the nation’s largest independent lighting and grip rentals companies will set up shop at Canton’s Mississippi Film Studios. The expansion of Hollywood Rentals into Mississippi ensures that feature film makers, television producers and others in the visual arts industry will have a single source ...

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Deadline passes and state receives no payment from KiOR

COLUMBUS — Mississippi officials say they didn’t get any money from faltering biofuel firm KiOR on Friday, the deadline for the company to make a $1.9 million debt payment. KiOR, based in Pasadena, Texas, has a grace period of three business days to make the payment, so it wouldn’t officially break its agreement until midnight Wednesday. A spokeswoman for KiOR ...

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Ingalls-built amphibious transport dock launches

PASCAGOULA — Ingalls Shipbuilding has launched the amphibious transport dock John P. Murtha. The John P. Murtha (LPD 26) is the 10th amphibious transport dock built by Ingalls. The ship is used to land Marines and their equipment during military and humanitarian missions. Ingalls has built and delivered nine ships in the San Antonio class of ships with LPDs 26 ...

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New Anchor Square store in Pascagoula offers kid’s gifts at reasonable prices

By TAMMY LEYTHAM  PASCAGOULA — Business at the newly opened Whimsy Books & Toys is going “unexpectedly” well. Tracy Jackson-Wilson opened the store with her mother-in-law Cathy Johnson in August. It sits in a Katrina cottage in Pascagoula’s Anchor Square, a shopping and dining complex on the west end of Delmas Avenue that serves as the city’s business incubator. “I ...

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It’s all about the customers at Delo’s House of Coffee in Gautier

By TAMMY LEYTHAM GAUTIER — Ask Delorise Nettles what makes a business successful and she doesn’t hesitate to answer. “Relationships.” It’s all about knowing your customers, said Nettles, owner of Delo’s Heavenly House of Coffee in Gautier. And it’s obvious she does. She chit chats with customers, asks about their school work, encourages their artistic aspirations and remembers their favorite ...

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BlueFire looks to China for financing of biofuel plant

FULTON — A California-based biofuel company says the Export Import Bank of China may loan up to $270 million to build a plant in Fulton. BlueFire Renewables Inc. of Irvine, California, says the bank has signed a letter of intent. The U.S. Department of Energy ended funding to BlueFire last year after disbursing $12 million of an $88-million award, saying ...

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