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Restaurateurs dive into the barbecue pool

By JACK WEATHERLY There are dozens of restaurants that specialize in barbecue in the Jackson area. So what makes David Raines and Steve and Lisa Beagles think they can take a bite out of that market? For Raines, it’s because the success and hurrahs for his Flora Butcher Shop, which opened in 2016 and specializes in above-prime waygu beef. Playing ...

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Winners of the MBJ’s Best of Mississippi poll is announced

Listed  are the Top 3 in each of the 25 Best of Mississippi Business reader poll categories. Those winners were honored on September 21st at Old Capitol Inn in Jackson.   Best Architectural Firm 1st — Dean & Dean Associates 2nd -— Dale Partners Architects 3rd — JBHM Architects   Best Engineering Firm 1st — Neel-Schaffer 2nd — Pickering Firm ...

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Just one more year is the refrain on I-55 construction near Byram

By CALLIE DANIELS BRYANT After five years Mississippi Department of Transportation is ready to complete the widening of I-55 between Jackson and Byram by next August. MDOT had important reasons for taking on the 7.5 mile project by adding two more lanes to the four-lane road, as explained by its District Five Engineer, Brian Ratliff. “Well, there were two things ...

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DEVELOPING CONSTRUCTION’S FUTURE WORKERS — Builders and contractors group says the industry is looking for career employees

By NASH NUNNERY If you go by traditional thinking, then you probably believe Wall Street and Silicon Valley are the only places to make a decent living these days. Truth be told, the construction industry is desperately seeking skilled tradespeople for work and training, according to Lee Nations. Nations, who serves as president of the Associated Builders & Contractors of ...

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Buying is cheaper than renting in Mississippi, for now

By BECKY GILLETTE It probably comes as no great surprise to most people who have both owned and rented a home in Mississippi that buying is cheaper than renting. A national GoBankingRates survey that used estimated rental and mortgage rates on Zillow found that average rents in Mississippi were $1,039 compared with monthly mortgage payments averaging $886. That made it ...

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TODD SMITH — Local newsrooms can still flourish, compete in digital age

Since 2000, nearly half of newsroom jobs – more than 20,000 of them – have disappeared. Revenues have plummeted by almost $20 billion. Newspapers continue to be shuttered, and layoffs are a regular headline. In telling the story of the changing fortunes of the newspaper industry, the focus has been on large metro and national newspapers. Less attention is given ...

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Mississippi Choctaws voting on proposal to create 4th casino

Members of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians will vote on developing a fourth casino, which would be on tribal land at the center of the state. Choctaws will decide Thursday whether to create a gambling site on tribal land in the Red Water community just north of Carthage, The Clarion-Ledger reported. Red Water is about 23 miles (37 kilometers) west of ...

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Second phase of Smith Park renovation underway

By JACK WEATHERLY The second phase of the restoration of Smith Park in downtown Jackson is underway. Concrete water courses with “boulders” are being removed and earthen berms will be leveled before the greensward is resodded, according to a release from Downtown Jackson Partners. A safety fence has been erected around the park, which will be closed for two months during ...

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Analysis: Mississippi budget practices receive mixed grades

A nonpartisan group that evaluates state government budget practices is giving mostly midlevel marks to Mississippi. The Volcker Alliance was formed four years ago by Paul A. Volcker, a former board chairman of the Federal Reserve, with the goal of making government more efficient. The alliance issued a report Nov. 2 called “Truth and Integrity in State Budgeting,” which evaluates all states’ ...

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