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Viking continues to struggle since purchase by Middleby

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By JACK WEATHERLY  Things were going to be better for the Viking Range Corp., founder and Chief Executive Fred Carl announced in a long email to employees on Dec. 31, 2012. He referred to “the past four rough years” for the company. By the end of 2012, employment had been nearly halved from a pre-recession peak of 1,200 due to ...

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HE’S BACK — Fred Carl aims for the high-end market with modular homes

C3 Design will concentrate first on smaller buildings, such as this one in a contemporary style.

By JACK WEATHERLY  Fred E. Carl Jr. is emerging from his Viking Range years with a new venture, C3 Design. The company will build modular homes that are not what one might think of as “prefab” houses. It aims instead for the same high-end market that Viking dominated. Carl’s ventures are coming full circle. The first was homebuilding, a continuation ...

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ALAN TURNER — Roy Campbell: Incoming president of the Mississippi Bar Association

Roy Campbell, partner with Jackson law firm Bradley Arant Boult Cummings and incoming president of the Mississippi Bar Association, is a third generation lawyer who grew up in Greenville, Mississippi, took his law degree from the University of Mississippi, and has served in the law profession for over 38 years. Primarily a litigator, Roy has handled many high profile cases ...

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JOSH MABUS — Add your own symbol to your portfolio

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A business owner who enjoys spending money on marketing is hard to find. There always seems to be something else that is an easier expenditure. Fear and trepidation surrounds marketing expenditures. It’s no wonder. Even legendary retailer George Wanamaker once remarked, “Half the money I spend on marketing is wasted; the trouble is, I don’t know which half.” Many think ...

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State to receive $3.5 million for AmeriCorps program

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VICKSBURG — Grants totaling $3.5 million will support 522 AmeriCorps members who will serve across Mississippi through 14 sponsoring organizations. Volunteer Mississippi is the lead agency for disbursing the funds. The Vicksburg Post reports that the city has two AmeriCorps’ programs: America Reads-Mississippi and Northtown CDC. America Reads-Mississippi has 87 members who will tutor a total of 1,280 students per ...

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Judge: Mississippi not obligated to fully fund schools

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JACKSON — Mississippi legislators are not obligated to fully fund an education budget formula every year, a judge ruled in a lawsuit filed by a former governor. Hinds County Chancery Judge William Singletary’s ruling was signed Tuesday and filed Wednesday in a lawsuit that former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove brought last year on behalf of 21 school districts, including the state’s second-largest district, ...

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MARK BLACKWELL — A trip abroad may be cheaper this year

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  If your family is like mine, you may be in the habit of vacationing in the same stateside location summer after summer.  There is a lot to be said for sticking with what’s familiar – locales where you know you will find amenities that everyone has enjoyed in the past and would likely enjoy again.  However, this may also ...

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Virginia company proposes 8-floor Jackson Convention Center hotel, parking garage

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By TED CARTER A Herndon, Va., company that specializes in public-private development partnerships is proposing an $83.6 million, 302-room Jackson convention center hotel with a 1,000-space garage. Red Leaf Development says it can do the project without direct contributions from the City or Jackson Redevelopment Agency, though $41.8 million in borrowing will be necessary, either through a conventional loan backed by ...

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UPDATED: JRA won’t disclose new convention center hotel proposals

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By TED CARTER Long known for its preference to keep its business out of the public eye, the Jackson Redevelopment Authority is refusing to release proposals it received for a convention center hotel by a June 30 deadline. The city agency had also declined to identity development companies that responded. Friday afternoon, however, the JRA furnished the names of the companies. ...

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