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PHIL HARDWICK — Tourism is on a roll in Mississippi

Tourism is on a roll. Although international visitors to the United States is down, domestic tourism continues to climb. Several states posted record tourism numbers. Ohio drew 219 million tourism visits in 2017, up from 212 million the previous year, and saw direct spending rise by $1 billion to $35 billion, according to TourismOhio. Governor Rick Scott said that Florida ...

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$11.5 million Madison County distribution center announced 

By JACK WEATHERLY The Fastenal Co. will build a $11.5 million istribution center in Madison County and expects to create 60 jobs over the next three years.   Fastenal provides companies with fasteners, tools and supplies needed to manufacture products, build structures and maintain facilities and equipment. The 129,000-square-foot Madison County distribution center, the company‘s 15th in North America, will be located off Sowell Road.   The Mississippi Development Authority is providing $350,000 for ...

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OP-ED — Another case of ill-informed pronouncements on education in Mississippi

Bill Crawford has recently written several pieces on how to best train Mississippi’s work force. He makes his point by using the research generated by the Nobel Prize winning economist, Dr. James Heckman, who has shown that the greatest return on investment (ROI) in educating the workforce of the future is through high quality early childhood education. I suppose Grant ...

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Bronson named CEO, publisher of Journal Inc. in Tupelo

TUPELO – William H. Bronson III, a Louisiana native and third-generation community newspaper publisher, has been named CEO and publisher of Journal Inc and the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. Most recently, Bronson was the publisher of The Daily Citizen-News in Dalton, Georgia – a 9,000-circulation daily newspaper that serves a community of nearly 40,000 citizens in the city and 110,000 ...

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Horne to move to new headquarters in Ridgeland

By JACK WEATHERLY Horne LLP has entered into an agreement with The Cress Group and Rogers & Associates, which will construct a building bearing the Horne name. A ground-breaking ceremony is scheduled for June 15, with completion expected in January 2020. Horne will occupy 70,885 square feet of the three-story, 95,712-square-foot building bearing its name, with the Cress Group occupying ...

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Analysis: Wicker pushes fight for cell service subsidies

If a U.S. senator and a public service commissioner get their way, many Mississippians will spend the next six months trying to prove how bad their local cellphone service is. It’s all part of an effort to make Mississippi eligible for as big of a slice of $4.5 billion as possible. What the Federal Communications Commission calls the Mobility Fund II will ...

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Mississippi has primaries for 1 Senate seat, 2 House seats

Mississippi holds party primaries Tuesday for one seat in the U.S. Senate and two in the U.S. House. If runoffs are needed, they will be June 26. ___ U.S. SENATE REPUBLICAN PRIMARY Republican Roger Wicker, who has been in the Senate since late 2007, faces one challenger in the primary. Richard Boyanton of Diamondhead is a business owner who says ...

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Mississippi high school merger hung up by lawsuit

Students and teachers in one Mississippi Delta school district will wait until July to find out if the district will have one high school next fall. The North Bolivar district seeks to merge Shelby’s Broad Street High School and Mound Bayou’s John F. Kennedy High School. Students would attend North Side High School in the building of the current Shelby ...

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Latino movie producer opens theaters in rural, poor areas

For nearly 10 years, residents in a California farming community have had to drive nearly 40 miles (64 kilometers) to see the latest film, a rare trip for some in a place where a third of the population lives in poverty. That all changed in May when Moctesuma Esparza, a Latino movie producer, opened his latest Maya Cinemas theater in ...

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Judge to decide who will seek victim repayment in ponzi scheme

A judge is taking bids to decide who should collect assets and repay victims of a $100-million-plus fraud. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves last week told Mississippi’s secretary of state and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to each submit proposals. Arthur Lamar Adams pleaded guilty May 9 to wire fraud. Authorities say the 58-year-old Jackson resident persuaded investors to ...

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