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Modular homes catching on thanks to speed, affordability

While modular homes may be a viable solution on the Gulf Coast for quick, affordable housing to replace the large number of homes lost to Hurricane Katrina, they also have a place elsewhere in Mississippi due to affordability. One builder of modular homes thinks they will soon be seen all over the state. “They’re already catching on, and we’re building ...

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Modular homes may solve Coast shortage, but what are they?

Modular housing is a new concept in Mississippi, but it’s being cited as one of the solutions to solving the housing shortage in hurricane-ravaged areas. Housing — quick and affordable — is a pressing need as the Gulf Coast rebuilds and thousands of people come to the area to work. This type of housing may also be the answer for ...

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‘Meaningful’ environment underpins 'Green House' care

TUPELO — This North Mississippi city, known around the world as the birthplace of Elvis, is also the birthplace of an innovative way of caregiving for elders, the “Green House” model. Mississippi Methodist Senior Services (MMSS) built the first Green House in the country, the Green Houses at Traceway. The concept has drawn the attention of about 300 other organizations ...

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Mobile and wireless Internet leaves users free to roam

BRUCE — Hometown high-tech is a critical tool in today’s hyperspeed economy. Taking wireless Internet service on the go is one of those valuable tools that helps businesses compete no matter where they are. Waller Internet is now offering that access to its customers in Bruce, Grenada and Clarksdale. “It is no longer necessary to pay for Internet access in ...

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SBA proposal sparks differences of opinion

After Hurricane Katrina, Parker Plumbing in Ocean Springs was able to secure some small contracts to do work at FEMA trailer parks. But when it came to larger contracts, Parker Plumbing and other local small businesses were left out in the cold. “It turned out the bigger companies were coming in from out of town and taking the jobs from ...

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With party season in full swing, Book the Band busy

JACKSON — Nothing gets a party started like music. Whether it’s a piano player tickling the ivories with a little background music, or a full band playing dance favorites, live entertainment is the easiest way to establish an event as fun or different. And with holiday parties in full swing, there’s no better way to create a festive atmosphere than ...

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SOLD: Bell Industries Inc. buys SkyTel for $23 million

CLINTON — Bell Industries Inc., based in El Segundo, Calif., gained not only a business, but a presence in Mississippi earlier this month, when it decided to acquire SkyTel Corp. of Clinton for $23 million, pending federal approval. SkyTel is a unit of the former MCI that New York-based Verizon acquired earlier in 2006. It provides nationwide wireless service and ...

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MTA hosting seventh-annual Conference on High Technology

JACKSON — On December 6, a cross section of business and community leaders, economic developers, public officials and those simply interested in the state’s high-tech industry will once again gather in downtown Jackson. The Seventh Annual Conference on High Technology, presented by the Mississippi Technology Alliance (MTA) and the Mississippi Research Consortium, which is composed of Mississippi State University, University ...

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Seamless transition anticipated at MDA

JACKSON — There’s a change of leadership at the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) with Gov. Haley Barbour’s late November announcement that Gray Swoope will become executive director at the end of the year. Swoope, who has been chief operating officer of the state’s lead economic development agency, succeeds Leland Speed, who is returning to the private sector. With 20 years ...

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Economists: state back on track after Hurricane Katrina

The U.S. economy is headed for a “soft landing” with growth expected to be down in 2007, but Mississippi’s economy is back on track after being slammed by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. Those were the conclusions of speakers on the national and state economy at the annual Mississippi Economic Outlook Conference held October 31 in Jackson. “Growth has slowed ...

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