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BILL CRAWFORD — The real stuff of Christmas

Christmas morning for the kids is such a happy time as they exclaim over all kinds of stuff under ornamented trees or poking out of stuffed stockings.   The Christmas season is a miraculous time for retailers. More and more businesses are saved by shoppers buying Christmas stuff every year.    Of course, the real miracle of Christmas is not ...

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Film industry takes a hit after incentive scrapped

By JACK WEATHERLY Don’t go by the Mississippi Film Studios to catch a glimpse of movie star. The 43,000-square-foot purpose-built facility in Canton, which dates to the 1996 movie “A Time to Kill,” based on the John Grisham novel, will become a “bath balm” factory. Rick Moore, who bought the facility three years ago, shut down operations Sept. 1, he ...

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Wanted: Developer for NASA’s Enterprise Park in Hancock County

By LISA MONTI NASA is looking for a private sector partner to develop and operate a technology park on 1,100 federally owned acres in the northern portion of Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis. Don  Beckmeyer, NASA’s manager of strategic business development at Stennis, said the technology corridor named Enterprise Park will support future activities of commercial space transportation ...

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VisionFirst Advisors headed by Gray Swoope now does work in 22 states

By BECKY GILLETTE When the Madison County Economic Development Authority (MCEDA) wanted to do a nationwide search for a new executive director, it selected the firm VisionFirst Advisors based in Tallahassee, Fla., headed by a name very familiar and respected in Mississippi economic development circles, Gray Swoope. Swoope, who was executive director of MDA from 2007 to 2011 before taking ...

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Tourism is economic development for DeSoto County

By JULIA MILLER Sitting right across the border from Memphis, DeSoto County Tourism is hoping to capitalize on its growth with a new marketing campaign: “South of the Ordinary.” “We have the extraordinary things to offer,” Executive Director Kim Terrell said, “We have that small town feel.” DeSoto’s tourism office created a countywide strategic plan in 2016, and at the ...

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Sanderson misses quarterly earnings consensus; shares take hit

By JACK WEATHERLY Sanderson Farms Inc. reported net income for the fourth fiscal quarter ending Oct. 31 of $72.9 million, or $3.20 per share, compared with net income of $76 million, or $3.36 per share, for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016. The Laurel-based poultry processor missed the Zacks analysts’ consensus of $3.62 and shares dropped 13 percent on Friday, ...

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TODD SMITH — ’12 Days of Christmas’ gifts rise only 0.6 percent in price; swans removed because of price volatility

True Loves are on full display this holiday season, on their merry way to a more robust and satisfying holiday shopping season, according to the annual PNC Christmas Price Index. To purchase the gifts included in the classic holiday song “The 12 Days of Christmas,” it will only cost 0.6 percent more than in 2016, according to the 34th annual ...

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REVIVING HISTORY — Piers supporting the old inn replaced, while keeping design like original building

By JULIA MILLER After a brief closure, Mount Locust on the Natchez Trace is back open stronger than ever. “Piers underneath the structure were rotting,” Christina Smith, cultural resource manager for the Natchez Trace Parkway, said. “It was causing the porch to sink and fall.” Following the Secretary of Interior’s standards, the renovations were completed as closely to the original ...

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Environmental landscaping can result in both attractive properties and more profits

By BECKY GILLETTE As the name suggests, environmental landscaping is about the design of urban landscapes in a way that benefits the natural environment by saving energy, conserving water and providing food and habitat for wildlife. Clay Stewart, CEO, Stewart Environmental Construction Inc, Tupelo, said initially both landscaping and environmental landscaping have many similarities in that you are using trees, ...

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