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Jackson mayor opposes relocating zoo

A Mississippi city’s mayor says a zoo should stay where it has been for nearly 100 years and he doesn’t support a plan to relocate it. The Clarion Ledger reports that Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba is opposed to moving the Jackson Zoo from Livingston Park to LeFleur’s Bluff State Park. The zoo’s board of directors approved a recommendation to investigate a ...

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Lamar Life Building to be converted to mixed use — apartments, retail and office

By JACK WEATHERLY Developer Andrew Mattiace will convert the historical Lamar Life Building in downtown Jackson into loft apartments and office and retail space. The conversion of the 11-story building commenced last week and will be complete in November, Mattiace said in an interview. Mattiace said he made a decision to put up a banner on the building announcing the ...

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Car dealerships trade lots along with vehicles

By JACK WEATHERLY jack.weatherly@msbusiness.com Car trading means buying and selling vehicles. But in Jackson and Ridgeland it also means swapping lots. The latest is the occupation of the old Mercedes-Benz of Jackson location by what had been Mazda of Ridgeland. The Mercedes-Benz dealership owners moved to Ridgeland in January. Last week, the move of the Mazda franchise became official with ...

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Distributor to open center in Jackson

MBJ staff Building products company Woodgrain Distribution is opening a distribution center in Jackson. The project is a $5 million investment and will create 25 jobs. Woodgrain Distribution delivers moulding and millwork products to retail customers and distributors. The company is locating operations in an existing facility located at 3974 I-55 South Frontage Road in Jackson. The Mississippi Development Authority ...

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Spectacles opens in the District at Eastover

The list of  retailers and restaurants in The District at Eastover continues to grow with the addition of Spectacles, a high-end optical boutique and optometry practice. “This space is different from your typical Jackson,” said Spectacles Owner, Dr. Rebecca Cox Patton.  “The development is truly neighborly and has such a nice ambiance.  We are thrilled to be here and are off to ...

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Colonial Highlands project clothed in silence

By JACK WEATHERLY The former managing partner in the $250 million plan to build a mixed-use community on the former 152-acre Colonial Country Club property in Jackson is no longer involved in the effort. Bo Lockard recently referred the Mississippi Business Journal to Luke Guarisco, whom he said was an original investor in the project. Numerous calls over several weeks to Guarisco ...

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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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Trustmark unveils plans for new location in historical Fondren District

MBJ staff Trustmark National Bank plans a branch for the Fondren district of Jackson at the corner of Old Canton Road and Duling Avenue, which is scheduled to open in 2019. Community leaders and business owners, as well as architects, construction managers and Trustmark executives turned the first ceremonial shovels of dirt on Wednesday. “Today’s groundbreaking represents Trustmark’s continued commitment ...

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‘Classy burger joint’ marries tradition and whimsy

By JACK WEATHERLY Haute hamburgers and curated cocktails. Not exactly a classic match, but that’s just fine and dandy with Ray-Scott Miller. In fact Fine & Dandy is the name of his new restaurant in Jackson’s District at Eastover. There’s more than a little whimsy with the restaurant, starting with the menu, which informs the diners that they are in ...

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Hard history: Mississippi museums explore slavery, Klan era

In the 1950s and ’60s, segregationist whites waved Confederate flags and slapped defiant bumper stickers on cars declaring Mississippi “the most lied about state in the Union.” Those were ways of making a dig against African-Americans who dared challenge racial oppression, and journalists covering the civil rights movement. Decades later, as Mississippi marks its bicentennial, the state is getting an ...

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