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UPDATE: Sun-n-Sand motel gets ‘stay’ of demolition

By JACK WEATHERLY The Mississippi Heritage Trust says it has gotten a “stay” of demolition of the Sun-n-Sand Motel in downtown Jackson. The historic structure was bought in early 2019 by the Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration, which has plans to raze the building and increase parking space for government workers. But the Heritage Trust rallied support for saving ...

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$100M Madison project may be opportunity for local builders

By JACK WEATHERLY The recently announced 17-acre project in the center of the city of Madison calls for a minimum of $100 million private component and a public component of unknown cost. The mixed-use project, of course, will enhance the tax base for the city, but it also may be an opportunity for local builders to benefit in the meantime. ...

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Pier 1, Kirkland’s to close some stores in Mississippi

By JACK WEATHERLY At least two Pier 1 Imports stores in Mississippi, including the one at the intersection of Ridgewood Road and County Line Road in Ridgeland, will be among the 450 stores the chain will close. Kirkland’s, meantime, will close its store on the Jackson side of County Line Road by the end of March. Pier 1 announced that ...

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ANALYSIS — Tax hike is one thing, bright outlook for gasoline is another

By JACK WEATHERLY A hike in Mississippi gasoline tax has been bandied about for years as a solution for much-needed improvements in the state’s roads and bridges. But it continues to draw, at best, a luke-warm response from governmental leaders. Whether the increase were to occur, the good news is that the historical price of gasoline in the state continues ...

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‘Madison at Main’ will become the city center

Construction at 17-acre development to commence in 2020 By JACK WEATHERLY Madison is seemingly the Mississippi city that has just about everything one could want for “the good life.” Yet it has been dreaming and planning for decades for an element that it lacks. Mayor Mary Hawkins was on the cover of the Mississippi Business Journal in 1987 talking about the dangers of “unregulated growth” that could befall the farming ...

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Cal-Maine chalks up net loss of $10.1 million

By JACK WEATHERLY Still struggling with a market oversupplied with eggs, Cal-Maine Foods Inc. on Monday reported a net loss of $10.1 million, or 21 cents per share, for the second quarter of fiscal 2020, compared with a net income of $21.8 million, or 45 cents per share a year earlier. Net sales for the quarter ending Nov. 30 were ...

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Hosemann sues corps and river panel to protect coast from spillway releases

By JACK WEATHERLY Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann on Monday filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Mississippi River Commission because of the extended release of fresh water into the saltwater Mississippi Sound from the Bonnet Carré Spillway. The lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for South Mississippi seeks a temporary injunction to order the corps to operate ...

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REPORTER’S NOTEBOOK — Ebbers paid the price for greed

Many thought Enron Corp. execs got off relatively easy for all their fraudulence, then came Bernie Ebbers. The public, whose sentiment can influence the courts, felt that it was time to make up for Enron so they slammed Ebbers, the Mississippi-based telecom sensation, and gave him a stiffer sentence for the failure of WorldCom. He got 25 years and lost his half-million-acre ...

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Ebbers granted early release from prison

A federal judge has authorized the release of former WorldCom Inc. Chief Executive Bernie Ebbers from prison after more than 13 years because of his deteriorating health, according to The Wall Street Journal. Judge Valerie Caproni on Wednesday granted one of his daughter’s request for a compassionate release from a federal prison medical facility in Fort Worth, Texas. Court papers ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — Miracle in a season of miracles

It seems a miracle, to use a word overused and misused so often in this season and secular age. The final performance of the 50th annual Candles by Candlelight at Jackson’s First Baptist Church was held Sunday night. A gentleman dressed in formal black, designating him as a choir member, was crossing the street after exiting the cavernous auditorium in the ...

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