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Furniture maker adding jobs in Ecru


ECRU — Upholstered furniture manufacturer Fusion Furniture Inc. is expanding operations at its facility in north Mississippi’s Pontotoc County The company announced Tuesday that it will invest $1.6 million and create 100 jobs, bringing employment in Ecru location to 430. Fusion Furniture will build a 100,000-square-foot addition at its existing facility. Mississippi Development Authority is giving a $200,000 grant to ...

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Neshoba County Fair speeches happening days before primaries

The fair has its own rituals, of which the carnival rides are small part.

JACKSON — The Neshoba County Fair is a mandatory stop for retail politicking in Mississippi, and this week’s campaign speeches are happening just a few days before party primaries for governor and other offices. Candidates mingle with the sweaty masses of people who gather in hundreds of shotgun-style cabins in the red clay hills outside Philadelphia. Most of the cabins have ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Frierson takes hard looks at tax breaks and Initiative 42


You’ve got to admire Herb Frierson. There aren’t many straight shooters in Mississippi politics anymore.   Back in 2013, the House Appropriations Committee chairman called the increasing number of tax breaks coming out of the Republican legislature a big problem, noting the legislature had no way to determine the cumulative impact of such cuts over time.   As reported in ...

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Mississippi joblessness drops in June

Associated Press Mississippi’s unemployment rate dipped in June despite weakness in employer payrolls. The joblessness rate fell to 6.6 percent from 6.7 percent in May, and from 7.6 percent in June 2014. A months-long pattern of decreasing unemployment resumed, after May’s rate rose. The number of people with jobs increased, as well as the number of people in the labor ...

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Analysis: Mississippi flag folded at some public buildings


  Mississippi voters chose to keep a Confederate battle emblem on the state flag in 2001, but that election did not equate to a universal embrace of the banner. The flag has disappeared in recent years from some public buildings, particularly in majority-black areas, as local officials expressed concern that it represents division rather than unity. The Mississippi flag has ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Blanton, court make higher rates likely for MPC customers

A look at the Kemper County Coal Plant from the top. The plant will be tasked with mining lignite coal a few hundred yards away from the plant. That coal is moved through a process that will convert it to syngas. The syngas is then used to drive the energy output of the plant, and the resulting electricity is then moved into the grid.

For years, communities, businesses, and consumers in southeast Mississippi have counted on Mississippi Power Company for far more than electricity. The company has been a valued partner in economic development projects, disaster recovery (especially after Katrina), fights to save military bases, and more. Further, company leaders frequently provide effective leadership for statewide initiatives.  »» READ: Thomas Blanton’s response to this ...

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Downtown Jackson Westin plans Aug. 4 construction start

The $60 million Westin at 315 Tombigbee St. is billing itself as luxury entry in the Jackson Central Business District hotel market.

By TED CARTER The newest entry to downtown’s Jackson’s hotel market, a 204-room Westin, will break ground at 9 a.m. on Aug. 4, developer Joseph Simpson says. The $60 million hotel is planned for 315 Tombigbee St. at the site of the vacant Mississippi Valley Title building. Project funding includes $10 million in urban renewal bonds issued by the Jackson ...

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Sanderson exec named to Fed board


MBJ staff Lampkin Butts, president and chief operating officer of Sanderson Farms Inc., has been appointed to the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta’s New Orleans Branch. Butts’ term ends Dec. 31, 2017. He is filling an unexpired term. Butts has served as president and chief operating officer of Sanderson Farms since 2004. He has been ...

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BancorpSouth’s stalled acquisitions may signal new hurdles to bank M&A nationally


  By TED CARTER Bankers nationwide worry that regulators have significantly raised the bar for merger-and-acquisition approvals after regulatory snags caused back-to-back delays in BancorpSouth’s acquisitions of banks in Louisiana and Texas. The Wall Street Journal noted in its MoneyBeat column July 1 that while the two deals are relatively small, “the delay is notable because it may play into bankers’ ...

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White’s ‘Outcasts’ being taken to the big screen

Neil White's memoir In The Sanctuary of Outcasts is being made into a movie.

  Neil White’s memoir, “In the Sanctuary of Outcasts,” details White’s conviction for bank fraud and his incarceration at the Federal Medical Center in Carville, Louisiana, which also housed more than 100 men and women with leprosy. And now, producer Stratton Leopold of Mission: Impossible III fame has hired award-winning writer-producer-director Dax Phelan to pen an adaptation of “In the Sanctuary ...

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