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Police, fire wear maker moving from Oxford to Batesville, adding 150 jobs

By JACK WEATHERLY Blauer Manufacturing, which makes uniforms and protective wear for police officers and firefighters, will expand its operations in north Mississippi in a $2.4 million corporate investment and creation of 150 jobs over three years.  Located in Lafayette County, Blauer is moving to the former Batesville Casket Company plant in Batesville. The company, which employs about 150 workers ...

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Jones Walker attorneys recognized in the 2018 Mid-South Super Lawyers list

20 Jones Walker attorneys were selected for inclusion in the 2018 Mid-South Super Lawyers list, with 16 recognized as Super Lawyers and four recognized as Rising Stars. Mississippi attorneys recognized as Mid-South Super Lawyers: Jeffrey R. Barber, Bankruptcy: Business; Neville H. Boschert, Business Litigation; Chad J. Hammons, Creditor Debtor Rights; Kristina M. Johnson, Bankruptcy: Business; Craig N. Landrum, Banking; Keith ...

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Auto museum in Mississippi closing next year

An automobile museum in Mississippi is closing next year, with the co-founder saying it’s no longer “sustainable” for her and some volunteers to operate. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reported the co-founder of the Tupelo Automobile Museum, Jane Spain, plans to sell all 178 vehicles the museum owns, with the proceeds for a charitable education foundation her late husband Frank ...

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Farmers buoyed but cautious as China resumes buying soybeans

The resumption of soybean sales to China this week is encouraging to American farmers who have seen the value of their crop plummet amid a trade war with the world’s second-largest economy, but producers see it only as a small step and say they need more federal aid. Private exporters reported sales of 1.13 million metric tons of soybeans to ...

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Sugar Daddy: Tupelo couple takes on bakery business

By GINNA PARSONS / Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal Rob and Leeann Lesley just keep growing their food empire. In 2001, he started Rob Lesley Catering, followed by Romie’s Grocery in 2005 and R.L. Foods, a cafeteria and vending service, in 2013. A year ago, they ventured into new territory: a bakery. “The manager at Romie’s kept coming to me and ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — 11 things I’ve learned about economic development

During my still active career in economic and community development, I’ve learned quite a few things. Some, but not all, are listed below. These are just the first ones that came to mind. Economic development is all about jobs. Even though the textbook definition of the term is, “… the process of increasing the economic wealth of a community,” almost ...

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Analysis: Top 2 GOP counties could split in governor primary

The road to the Republican nomination for statewide offices in Mississippi runs through a few conservative communities. In a largely rural state of just under 3 million residents, Republican candidates’ strategy is usually to seek support in a short list of vote-rich counties and to pad out a winning margin with additional votes from counties with smaller populations. Two of ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Uplifting Jackson forum hints at rural gloom

Growing economic trends bode ill for rural America. “We are witnessing a growing economic and political divide between urban and rural America,” wrote Axios last week, pointing to some significant data. “Roughly half of all U.S. zip codes still have lower total employment than they did in 2007….Rural Americans have far fewer hospitals, workout facilities, and health specialists….Big employers and ...

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City buys eroding church to avert spending to fix waterway

A Mississippi city is buying an abandoned church, saying it’s cheaper than fixing erosion problems in a bordering waterway. The Vicksburg Post reports the city voted last week to buy the property, which is threatened by erosion from Sprouts Bayou. An appraisal will determine how much the city pays. Mayor George Flaggs Jr. says the church has been compromised by ...

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Bill orders sale of land near lake to development group

A southwest Mississippi group will be able to buy some land around a reservoir following Congress’ passage this week of the farm bill. The bill orders the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to sell 150 acres of land in the Homochitto National Forest in Franklin County to the Scenic Rivers Development Alliance. The Enterprise-Journal reports that the alliance, a coalition of ...

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