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Costco war moves to yet another battlefield

By JACK WEATHERLY Opponents of the proposed Costco Wholesale store in Ridgeland are relentless in their effort to block developers. The “war” that has dragged on for three years over the project proposed as the anchor for the 45-acre phase three of the Renaissance at Colony Park mall has moved to a third battlefield. The Mississippi Supreme Court was unanimous ...

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WHAT’S IN A NAME? Costco case may hinge on definition of ‘service station’

By JACK WEATHERLY Most Costco Wholesale Stores have a fueling station. The question remains: will the giant wholesale club go forward in Ridgeland without one? An answer may await in Madison County Circuit Court, Judge Steve Ratcliff presiding. Homeowners filed a brief last week fInalizing its challenge of the legitimacy of a site plan approved by the Ridgeland Board of ...

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Sanderson ‘19th hole’ plays big for steak houses and economy

By JACK WEATHERLY After 18 holes of playing or following players, the question is: what’s next? The 19th hole for many after one of the rounds leading up to and including the Sanderson Farms Championship Tournament was a nice white-tablecloth steak house. Those in the vicinity of the Country Club of Jackson got a bump in revenue and golf tales. ...

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Historic stoplights give retro feel to Greenwood

Greenwood technically may no longer be a Cotton Capital, but it just might be the Historic Stoplight Capital of the World.That’s according to Barrett Williams, a historic preservationist dedicated to preserving and recreating streetscapes to match the historic buildings that line them. Along with Mayor Carolyn McAdams, former Chief Administrative Officer Thomas Gregory, the late state Rep. May Whittington and ...

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MDA puts ‘smokestack chasing’ in back seat

By JACK WEATHERLY Mississippi’s economic development agency is taking a more measured strategy for promoting industrial growth in the state. “This year, more than 80 percent of state-assisted economic development announcements have been expansions of our existing corporate citizens,” Mississippi Development Authority Executive Director Glenn McCullough Jr, said in a news release last month. McCullough declined to discuss the current ...

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Study says Jackson making strides in delivering services

By JACK WEATHERLY Jackson ranks 101st on WalletHub’s annual survey of best- and worst-run cities in the United States for 2018. The city ranked 149th in last year’s report. Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba said in an interview on Tuesday that he is encouraged by the survey. The city faces several major problems, including streets, water system and billing and the ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Could tariffs, special election cause November surprises?

No surprises in the run-off elections last week with Michael Guest easily defeating Whit Hughes in the 3rd District Republican Primary run-off and David Baria coming back to defeat upstart Howard Sherman handily in the Senate Democratic Primary run-off.    Unless there are some surprises, Guest should cruise to victory and Baria should fall short in majority Republican Mississippi in November. ...

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MATTHEW McLAUGHLIN — Supporting startups: Delta I-Fund comes to Jackson

Contemporaneous with my writing of this article, there are 17 teams of startups congregated on the first floor of my State Street building for the kickoff weekend of the Delta I-Fund summer cohort, an annual program funded by grants from the Winrock Foundation and the Delta Regional Authority. The mission of the Delta I-Fund is to positively impact low-to-moderate income ...

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Mississippi mayor says city needs development director

A Mississippi mayor says their city needs an economic development director to enhance its downtown area. Natchez Mayor Darryl Grennell and City Planner Riccardo Giani said Wednesday that a downtown development director could be the catalyst that moves the area forward. The Natchez Democrat reports downtown business owners have been calling for a director. The mayor says he plans to request that ...

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Raytheon to invest $100M to expand Mississippi radar plant

A defense contractor announced Thursday that it will invest $100 million at its Mississippi plant to expand its ability to make and test military radars. Raytheon Co. of Waltham, Massachusetts, said it will expand its 660-worker facility in the Mississippi town of Forest. The plan calls for adding a 50,000 square-foot (4,600 square-meter) building to help accommodate a contract to ...

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