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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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Museum of the Mississippi Delta reopens with fresh look

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GREENWOOD — The Museum of the Mississippi Delta is open again after a $450,000 renovation that took five months. The museum’s executive director, Cheryl Taylor, told The Greenwood Commonwealth that she’s pleased with the freshly updated space. “I didn’t have a vision of what it was exactly going to look like, but I had a vision that it needed to ...

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Barges long gone, goods moving on Yazoo River decline

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GREENWOOD — During the heyday of Greenwood’s cotton markets, paddle-wheel boats carried bales of cotton and other export commodities down the Yazoo River to Vicksburg and on to New Orleans. It’s now been decades since barges worked the upper reaches of the Yazoo River to pick up shipments from Greenwood. Moving grain, fertilizer or other products by boat could dramatically ...

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Retired attorney, Lonnie Bailey, uncorks new winery in Greenwood

  Lonnie Bailey spent 32 years as an attorney with Upshaw Williams Bigger & Beckham in Greenwood, Mississippi. Even with his heavy caseload, Mr. Bailey still found time to indulge in his true passion. To friends and family, Mr. Bailey wasn’t their “lawyer friend,” he was their wine maker. “I’ve been making wine at home for years, but not enough ...

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DAVID DALLAS — Mississippi’s greatest ambassador ‘irreplaceable’

B.B. King bows following a performance. The coroner in Las Vegas says there’s no evidence King was poisoned before he died of natural causes in May 2015. Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg said Monday, July 13, 2015, that an autopsy sought by two of the musical icon’s 11 adult children came back cause of death alzheimers disease with other significant conditions.

The “King of the Blues,” Mississippi’s B.B. King, passed away last week. His trajectory to fame and fortune was much like that of Elvis Presley’s, the “King of Rock and Roll.” Both were born in Mississippi and moved up to Memphis to hit it big. But this King, B.B. King, did so much more for his home state of Mississippi. ...

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MDA to close all its regional offices

The Mississippi Development Authority will close all eight regional offices around the state effective June 30. Eleven positions will be eliminated, 10 of which are currently filled, said Jeff Rent, public relations and media manager for the agency. The offices are located in Senatobia, Tupelo, Greenwood, Meridian, Summit, Hattiesburg and Gulfport, as well as Jackson. The agency employs about 300. ...

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Options for exprison site in Leflore County studied

GREENWOOD — Leflore County officials are looking for possible uses for the shuttered former Delta Correctional Facility after a bill to authorize placing state inmates there died in the Legislature. House Bill 1044 died in the Senate after Corrections Committee Chairman Sampson Jackson, DPreston, declined to bring it up for a vote. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports the bill would have ...

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2014 a good year for filmmaking in Mississippi

COLUMBUS — In 2014, 19 feature films along with six reality shows and six documentaries were shot partially or entirely in Mississippi. “We had a rather remarkable year last year and we expect that to continue,” said Ward Emling, director of the Mississippi Film Office. While in the past, movies filmed in Mississippi were based on stories that took place ...

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Leflore supervisors approve private prison deal

GREENWOOD — Leflore County is agreeing to sell additional land outside the current Delta Correctional Facility’s fences to help a private prison operator in its pursuit of a contract to house federal inmates there. Utahbased Management and Training Corp. is bidding on Federal Bureau of Prisons contract. It would need to expand the currently shuttered facility to house 1,400 to ...

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