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Hertz continues shopping spree with purchase of Jackson’s City Centre

Hertz Investment Group, downtown Jackson’s dominant landlord, has added to its Central Business District holdings with a $6.2 million acquisition of the two-tower City Centre and its parking garage at 200 Lamar St. The south tower is 12 floors and the north tower 10 floors. Together, they cover 266,700 square feet and are served by a 518-space structured parking deck. ...

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Repayment demands in Neshoba overtime pay scheme exceed $1 million

Former Neshoba County Administrator Benjie Coats is the latest fired Neshoba official the Mississippi’s State Auditor’s Office has ordered to repay money relating to hundreds of thousands of dollars paid out in an alleged overtime pay scheme. Coats and three other former county officials have been indicted in what prosecutors say was a scheme to bill the county for more ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — Barbour’s book tells of Mississippi’s finest hour

Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour talks about his book, “America’s Great Storm,” at a recent reading and signing.

The Flood of 1927 was the most widespread and disruptive natural event to happen to Mississippi in recorded history. The flood, which also inundated Arkansas and Louisiana along the Mississippi, has spawned many a book and many a tale. Now Mississippi has Hurricane Katrina as its greatest state tragedy, and its finest triumph, as Haley Barbour tells it in his ...

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ITS A DEAL — Small business lending in the state is on the rise, including Mississippi’s first SBA microlender


By BECKY GILLETTE While the recovery from the recession has taken longer than hoped, increases in U.S. Small Business Administration loans in the state are a sign the economy of Mississippi is on the upswing. Through the third quarter of the federal fiscal year, the SBA Mississippi District saw loans surpass $100 million, representing an increase in lending to small ...

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BANKERS READY TO BUILD — 200 volunteers from 9 financial institutions to work together at Habitat house


By LISA MONTI  Nine Jackson area financial institutions will join together for the first time as a team to build a Habitat for Humanity Mississippi Capital Area home in a south Jackson neighborhood. The banks all have supported Habitat by building houses, sponsoring events and serving on boards and committees, but this year’s build will be the first time employees ...

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JOSH MABUS — Ideas are IOUs


A big part of being a child in the South involves hearing stories and colloquialisms from your elders you won’t understand until much later. This is one I’m beginning to understand: Two birds are sitting on a power line. One bird decides to fly off. How many birds are sitting on the power line? One you say? No, there are ...

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LOUANN LOFTON — A complicated look at modern American medicine


The state of medicine in America today leaves something to be desired, whether you’re a patient or a physician. In his eye-opening second book, Doctored: The Disillusionment of an American Physician, Dr. Sandeep Jauhar, a cardiologist and heart failure specialist, details the way things stand, explains how we got here, and describes what it means to be a doctor in ...

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(VIDEO) ALAN TURNER — Lard Oil expands Mississippi operations

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Recently, we had the opportunity to meet and get acquainted with Wade Stephens, manager of industrial and commercial business for Lard Oil Co. of Mississippi, and learn about its growth and business plans for Mississippi. The parent company is actually based in Louisiana, and was founded in 1922, so it has a long history in the energy business.  Essentially, the ...

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Mississippi Power: tax credit likely to be repaid

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Associated Press Mississippi Power Co. announced Tuesday it will likely have to repay a $234 million federal tax credit because its Kemper County power plant won’t be in operation by April 19. The unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co. said it probably won’t meet that deadline to start producing carbon dioxide at the $6.3 billion plant it’s building in eastern Mississippi, ...

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