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No full Ms. jobs rebound until end of decade, Outlook report predicts

Mississippi will be nearing the end of this decade before job numbers in manufacturing, leisure & hospitality and several other sectors returns to the pre-recession levels of 2007, state economists say in a new report. The news is not entirely bad, however. The November issue of the Mississippi Economic Outlook reports that the leading indicators by which state economists gauge ...

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CARTER: As in Mississippi, Florida’s jobs chief Gray Swoope exports jobs

Here’s a question most all home-state business services professionals  eager to get a public contract have ponder: Why is it that a public official tends to think an “expert” is anyone who lives at least one state away? Which brings us to the latest episode of things that Gray Swoope, former executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority, is doing ...

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Longleaf Trace reps address rail-trail concerns

by Errol Castens/NEMS Daily Journal BRUCE – The Longleaf Trace, a 41-mile bike and walking trail between Hattiesburg and Prentiss, provides outdoor recreation and physical activity, brings tourism dollars to small towns and even entices potential new residents to the region. Two proponents said Tuesday that a proposed rails-to-trails project between Bruce and Coffeeville could do the same for that ...

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Court-appointed receiver finding interest in Jackson's former Walthall Hotel

A court-appointed receiver is in talks with several prospective buyers of downtown Jackson’s Roberts Vista Hotel, currently shuttered and awaiting repairs from water damage. The hotel is known more commonly in Jackson as The Walthall, for Civil War figure Edward Cary Walthall, whose name it bore upon opening 85 years ago. As it has several times in the past, the ...

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Court-appointed receiver finding interest in former Walthall Hotel

A court-appointed receiver is in talks with several prospective buyers of downtown Jackson’s Roberts Vista Hotel, currently shuttered and awaiting repairs from water damage. The hotel, known more commonly in Jackson as The Walthall, for local Civil War figure Edward Cary Walthall, whose name it bore upon opening 85 years ago. As it as a few times in the past, ...

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Fondren food tasting scratched, reset for spring

Fans of Fondren’s food offerings will have to wait until spring for the “Taste of Fondren.” The Fondren Renaissance Foundation has rescheduled the restaurant cuisine sampling fundraiser for sometime in the spring. The event was to be held Thursday, Oct.11, at Duling Hall, but organizers decided spring would provide an opportunity to increase the variety of food offerings and restaurant ...

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SBA extending direct loans to coastal businesses, residents in wake of Isaac

  Hurricane Isaac’s late August battering of the Mississippi coast has left an estimated 1,500 businesses eligibility for low-cost federal disaster recovery loans administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration. In addition to disaster assistance applications from 1,558 businesses that claim at least some property damage, another 27 businesses that had no physical damage but claim economic injuries have applied ...

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Chief health official calls bed bugs major threat to Mississippi hotels

Cimex lectularis — aka the bed bug — followed man out of the caves millenniums ago and has been biting the hand that feeds it ever since. And, increasingly, guests of Mississippi hotels are enduring those bites, Dr. Jeffrey Brown says. As state entomologist and director of the Mississippi Department of Health’s Environmental Services Bureau, Brown has been calling for ...

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New Coast CVB leader, Beth Carriere, touts tri-county marketing initiative

As a 20-year veteran of the tourism industry, Beth Carriere is pleased that the business sector now sees tourism as an important part of the state’s economic mix. The new executive director of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau is also excited about the move toward a united three-county Coast tourism initiative. “I’m thrilled to see support and ...

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It ain’t just about the music

Delta getaway includes great music, food, people and attractions Sometimes people don’t appreciate what is in their own backyard. A case in point might be a blues getaway to the Mississippi Delta. While many people in the state might not know how many great blues attractions there are in the Delta, it is no secret to people in Europe and Australia. ...

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