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AGA Survey: Mississippi casinos employ 22,770; pay them $831M

Mississippi’s 30 commercial casinos employed 22,770 permanent workers and paid its employees $831 million in wages, benefits and tips, according to new jobs numbers for 2013 released today by the American Gaming Association. Mississippi ranks third nationwide for casino employment behind only Nevada and New Jersey; Louisiana ranks fourth with nearly 16,000 casino employees. One casino — Harrah’s Tunica — ...

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Starkville's Cotton Mill Marketplace hotel breaks ground Wednesday

STARKVILLE, Mississippi — Groundbreaking is scheduled for noon Wednesday in Starkville for a 117-room Holiday Inn hotel, part of the the of the Cotton Mill Market Place project now under way at the intersection of Spring Street and Highway 12. The $20 million investment in the hotel and 15,000-square-foot retail center now under construction should create more than 150 jobs, ...

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MORA recognizes groups with first Spero Awards

Special to the MBJ The Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA) served as host for the inaugural Spero Awards presented by Donate Life Mississippi today at the Old Capitol Inn in downtown Jackson. The awards ceremony recognized hospital partners, medical professionals, corporate partners and donor ambassadors that work with MORA to promote organ, eye and tissue donation. A total of 15 ...

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C Spire to launch home automation, security and monitoring services

Special to the MBJ Ridgeland-based C Spire, a diversified telecommunications and technology services company, plans to introduce a suite of next-generation home automation, security and monitoring services by the end of the year. C Spire says its all-digital, IP-based services will be the first in Mississippi offered by a telecommunications provider. It will give consumers control and security of their ...

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Gillespie named UMMC's chief nursing executive officer

Special to the MBJ JACKSON, Mississippi –  Terri Gillespie, a veteran nursing leader and Children’s of Mississippi chief nursing and clinical services officer, has been named the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s chief nursing executive officer and chief nursing officer of the adult hospitals. Effective Sept. 1, she will succeed Dr. Janet Harris, who will move to a full-time role ...

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Biloxi baseball stadium bids $5M above budget

BILOXI, Mississippi — Construction of a new minor league baseball stadium in Biloxi hit another snag Wednesday afternoon when the lowest construction bid opened was $5 million more than budgeted. The lowest contractor bid opened at city hall for MGM Park at Beau Rivage of $32.37 million. “I’m a little disappointed, but that’s what the game is all about. We ...

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39 Mississippi cities gain Main Street accreditation

Special to the MBJ Thirty-nine Mississippi cities have been designated as accredited National Main Street Programs for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center, according to a news release by the Mississippi Main Street Association. The cities are Aberdeen, Amory, Baldwyn, Batesville, Belhaven, Biloxi, Booneville, Canton, Carthage, Cleveland, Clinton, Columbia, Columbus, Corinth, Greenville, ...

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