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B&Bs cater to business guests but retain charm and graciousness

Bed and breakfast inns represent a different kind of accommodation for travelers. Here they may feel they’re guests in someone’s home rather than staying in a commercial establishment. This may be especially true for business travelers looking for a soothing place after a hard day’s work. More B&Bs are catering to the needs of business guests without sacrificing their hallmark ...

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Full circle as AmSouth’s Mississippi chief returns to roots

Ronnie Smith loves duck hunting, snow skiing, water sports and playing golf “on the good days.” “I’d like for the golfer in me to hit it straight occasionally, but he doesn’t show up very often,” said Smith, the new AmSouth president for Mississippi, with a laugh. “No really, I have many hobbies, but I don’t do any of them very ...

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Third phase of ‘The Stack’ on schedule despite challenges

There have been perhaps more challenging projects in Mississippi, and maybe there have been more visible ones. But perhaps never have these two aspects been combined into a single project more than Stack III, the expansion of the major interchange in Jackson of Interstates 20 and 55 and U.S. 49 currently underway by Falkner-based Hill Brothers Construction and Engineering Company. ...

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92 years of football chronicled in book from John Cox

When P.W. Underwood took over as Southern Miss head football coach in 1969, he was the first head coach of the Big 3 schools in the state to integrate the football program. The first African-American football player he recruited was Willie Heidelberg, who in 1970 scored two touchdowns in a highly celebrated game that Southern Miss won 30-14 against Ole ...

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Asphalt industry improving product, facing funding issues

There are several issues facing the asphalt pavement industry, but the executive directors of two state construction associations say the biggest one is the decrease in road projects by the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT). Both attribute this decrease to MDOT funding that’s being diverted to the state’s general fund. “It’s terrible and has made a tremendous impact,” said Tone ...

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Aaron’s, All Star find new home in spec building

Pike County — Spec buildings, by their vary nature, can cause sleepless nights for community and economic development leaders. “Build it, and they will come” is a true leap of faith, and when taxpayer money is involved, the decision to erect a spec building can be a spooky proposition. This is not true in Pike County, however. Its Metro-Pike Industrial ...

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