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Hoy Road widening will transform congested Madison artery

By BECKY GILLETTE Hoy Road is a bumpy, two-lane road that carries far more traffic daily than for what it was designed. It changes into into Madison Parkway\Highway 463 where it meets U.S. 51 on the west end, connecting residents in the east part of town to schools, shopping, work and larger traffic corridors. A plan to widen Hoy Road ...

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BOOMING — Growth leads to change on Ridgeland’s Jackson Street

By BECKY GILLETTE Jackson Street in Ridgeland has been seeing a surge in new commercial real estate activity, and more new projects are under way adding to the mix. “We’re beginning to see some very positive things happening,” said Ridgeland Mayor Gene F. McGee. “I think a lot has to do with the fact that the economy has improved, but ...

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Home sales in central Mississippi down 4.5 percent

By JACK WEATHERLY House sales in the 10-county  Central Mississippi Multiple Listing System were down 4.5 percent in June from the previous year, primarily because of tight inventory, according to Central Mississippi Realtors. Consequently, the average sales price increased 2.1 percent, creating a market that slightly favors sellers. “Inventory remains extremely tight, but patience may pay off in coming months ...

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ANALYSIS: Let’s take a data-driven look at another side of Nissan’s success story

  It’s no surprise that the union vote at Nissan’s manufacturing facility in Canton generated national headlines. This coverage culminated last week when workers voted 2,244 to 1,307 against the union. As I wrote in a recent column about millenials in Mississippi, there’s always another side to a story. I think one of the most compelling stories about Nissan has ...

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Ridgeland sets trial run toward becoming a ‘smart city’

By JACK WEATHERLY Traffic goes with growth. Ridgeland’s population has more than doubled since 1990 – reaching nearly 25,000 –while the Madison County’s estimated 2016 population likewise more than doubled in that period, hitting 105,000. And traffic drives much of the waking hours of government and civic leaders in the county. The population growth “has put a major strain on ...

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Justice denies expedited hearing of Costco case

By JACK WEATHERLY Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Robert P. Chamberlain has denied a motion by the city of Ridgeland to expedite the hearing of an appeal by homeowners challenging the legitimacy of a rezoning of property for the creation of a phase of the Renaissance at Colony Parkway. Madison County Circuit Court Judge John Emfinger ruled in April in favor ...

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Nissan workers in Mississippi begin voting on union

Workers at Nissan Motor Co.’s Mississippi assembly plant cast ballots Thursday to decide whether to be represented by the United Auto Workers union. The voting by 3,700 assembly and maintenance workers began before dawn inside the plant. The National Labor Relations Board will accept ballots through 7 p.m. Friday. On one side are workers who say they need a union ...

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Former contract workers key in Mississippi Nissan union vote

A bid by workers at Mississippi’s Nissan Motor Co. plant for United Auto Workers representation could turn on a key voting bloc — 1,500 workers who are Nissan employees today, but were initially hired through contract labor agencies. Those workers say they make less than longtime Nissan employees and have worse benefits, and UAW supporters say that’s a disparity they’d ...

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Northpark faces brave new world of mall retailing

By JACK WEATHERLY Credit Suisse predicted earlier this month that up to 25 percent of U.S. malls will be closed within five years. The Switzerland-based financial services giant’s outlook sent ripples across the world of malls, which have dominated the retail landscape for several decades. Credit Suisse and other observers see an overbuilt market, not unlike the housing market of ...

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Primos to open third restaurant, this one in Madison

  By JACK WEATHERLY Angelo K. “Pop” Primos emigrated from Greece and opened a restaurant at 236 Capitol St. in 1930. The restaurant operated there till 2002. Primos Northgate opened in 1964 and stayed open for the next 37 years, said Don Primos, owner and a grandson of the founder. During the years, several family restaurants have operated simultaneously. Subsequently, two ...

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