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Blackburn Group and related companies have $100 million in real estate projects under development

By BECKY GILLETTE David Blackburn, 39, president/CEO, The Blackburn Group, LLC, Oxford, oversees quite an impressive array of developments for someone who is not yet 40. His company, which is the parent company of R.J. Allen & Associates, Inc., general contractors, Blackburn Communities, Fitness Holdings and other related development entities, is involved in some of Oxford’s largest residential, retail and ...

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Smith Park: ‘We just felt like we had to do something’

By JULIA MILLER In the heart of downtown Jackson, Smith Park is getting a much-needed refresh after recent efforts to revitalize the historic area. “For 10 to 15 years, or even longer it’s been tired and has needed a major renovation,” said John Gomez, associate director at Jackson Downtown Partners. “We just felt like we had to do something.” For ...

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Executive Commitee president says overall the state is seeing a rise in real estate sales

By  CALLIE DANIELS BRYANT Mississippi realtors have a cheerleader — Karen Glass, the president of the executive committee of Mississippi Realtors. “Realtors need cheerleaders,” Glass said. “We are often taken for granted and only thought of when someone needs to buy or sell property. I want it known that we are great community champions and many of us serve in ...

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New Roy Anderson CEO knows he must gain employees’ trust

By NASH NUNNERY J. Mark Smith is fully aware that he’s not just taking over some corporate construction conglomerate. After all, Mississippi-made Roy Anderson Corp is highly regarded in the industry for its devoted client base and for delivering quality construction “on time and on budget.” But Smith, who recently was named president and CEO of one of the state’s ...

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Construction camp offers students a hands-on view

The Mississippi Construction Education Foundation, in conjunction with the University of Southern Mississippi, invites eighth through 10th-graders to learn and explore the design and construction industry during the USM Building Futures Summer Camp. Scheduled for June 17-21 (beginners) and July 8-12 (advanced) on the USM campus in Hattiesburg, the sessions provide students with hands-on building activities taught by certified professionals. ...

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MCS Building Supply Names New GM

MCS Building Supply has appointed Hawke Lott as General Manager. Lott is a 2003 graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi. He has been a store manager for Lowe’s Home Improvement for the past 10 years. Lott and his wife, Kelly, live in Sumrall along with their children Kate, 12, Kyla, 9, Karson, 5, and Karter, 3. MCS Building Supply ...

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Waterton development to add $400 million ‘new urban’ community to Flowood

By JACK WEATHERLY Flowood will get a “traditional Southern town” dropped into its midst when the $400 million, 240-acre Waterton is built. Southern Lifestyle Development of Lafayette, La., will commence work on the 50-acre first phase (not including a 20-acre lake), in the summer, according to Kevin Blanchard, chief operating officer. Completion of that phase, with about 150 homes of ...

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Crye-Leike Real Estate breaks sales record for 2017

Crye-Leike Real Estate Services, the nation’s fifth largest privately-held residential real estate firm and the largest in the Mid-South, celebrates another record breaking year for 2017. The company sold $6.5 billion in Real Estate, and closed 32,583 transactions corporate wide to make it their highest sales performance in the company’s over 40 year history.  Included in those numbers, Crye-Leike’s Jackson, ...

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