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State’s case against solar panel firm settled for $2.5 million

By JACK WEATHERLY On April 13, a case against Stion Solar that at one point had been valued at $93 million was settled for $2.5 million with the signature of Hinds County Circuit Court Judge Tomie T. Green. The dismissal with prejudice means that the case cannot be pursued again. Stion Solar, which had been manufacturing photovoltaic film and cells, ...

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Lyric Hotel to open in Cleveland on Aug. 4

By JACK WEATHERLY The Lyric Hotel in the West End District in Cleveland will open on Aug. 4, developer and owner Dinesh Chawla said in a release issued late Sunday. The opening had been pegged to July 27, but “we cannot compete with the generous offer by the federal government of $600 a week on top of regular unemployment. That ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — Trouble in Paradise, but 30A smooths the bumps

Driving from Jackson, we pass through Bankhead Tunnel beneath the Mobile Bay, with the U.S.S. Alabama and its World War II guns standing guard above us. We’ve been on the road several hours and have noticed a vague color on the mid-day horizon. We keep an eye out for a coronavirus checkpoint soon after we enter Florida via Interstate 10. ...

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MMI, LRC2 offer update on Memphis hotel

By JACK WEATHERLY   Two Mississippi hotel firms have offered an update on their project in Memphis, a seven-story, 106-room project in Overton Square. The last steel has been put in place as a “topping out.” A ground-floor restaurant, the Complicated Pilgrim, and a rooftop bar, the Tiger and the Peacock, will be included, according to the firms, MMI Hotel ...

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Plan unveiled for $1.2 billion Broadwater complex

The site of legendary Broadwater Beach Hotel would be reborn as a $1.2 billion entertainment complex in Biloxi if plans move forward. Dakia Entertainment Hospitality and Broadwater Development LLP announced on Tuesday the signing of a formal letter of intent, subject to finalizing financial commitments, to redevelop the historic, former Broadwater Beach hotel, marina and golf course site into a ...

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Central Miss. houses are a ‘sellers market’

» Some going for above listed price By JACK WEATHERLY Buyers are snapping up houses in central Mississippi, sometimes paying more than the listed price. And houses are staying on the market for a shorter period, according to the Central Mississippi Realtors Association, which represents 10 counties. The median sales price rose 5.5 percent in May, compared with a year ...

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Dumbo’s on Duling: a smart new restaurant

By JACK WEATHERLY Who in his right mind would start a restaurant during a major economic downturn brought on by a pandemic? Paul Adair, that’s who. Why? He had no control over it. “The train was already rolling,” Adair said as he sat at one of the tables in Dumbo’s on Duling in the Fondren District of Jackson on Wednesday, ...

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KiOR case still bogged down in lawsuits

By JACK WEATHERLY More than five years ago, the state of Mississippi sued billionaire Vinod Khosla and others, contending that they knew that bankrupt firm KiOR had poor prospects for success in making biocrude oil but misled the state into making the company a $75 million no-interest loan. What has happened since? Another lawsuit. The KiOR Inc. Liquidation Trust sued ...

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Retail phase of Oxford Commons complete and leased

By JACK WEATHERLY The Blackburn Group has announced the completion of the Terrace at Oxford Commons, with 100 percent of the 16,000-square-foot retail center preleased. The Oxford Commons is a projected mixed-use traditional neighborhood of 1,500 to 1,600 residences – free-standing, condominiums, townhouses and apartments – on about 700 acres in the city of Oxford. All of the new businesses in the Terrace are planning to open in August or September. “It is ...

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Hotelier Chawla looking to a brighter future

Police matter, dissolution of alliance with Trump organization behind him   By JACK WEATHERLY Dinesh Chawla is looking to the future. Not the recent past. That is understandable, given the turn of events in the past year for the man who is looking forward to the opening of the Lyric Hotel in Cleveland. The luxury hotel, which will be a ...

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