Home » Author Archives: Jack Weatherly (page 3)

Author Archives: Jack Weatherly

THE QUIET CRISIS — Opioid use and abuse have resulted in widespread deaths, costs across the nation 

By JACK WEATHERLY Mississippi has suffered the impact of the overprescribing and abuse of opioids for relief of pain – which has become a major health and fiscal crisis across the country. While the world is bracing itself for the possibility of an epidemic of the coronavirus, the opioid crisis has been established for years. It has done so in ...

Read More »

Virus forces restaurants to tighten up or close across Mississippi

By JACK WEATHERLY Restaurants across Mississippi are either running abbreviated service to try to avoid closing because of the coronavirus pandemic – or have already closed. “Sales started plummeting early last week,” said Pat Fontaine, executive director of the Mississippi Hospitality and Restaurant Association. The public’s fear of the contagion and statements and mandates by federal and local government have ...

Read More »

Legislation seeks ‘level playing field’ for independent pharmacies

By JACK WEATHERLY A bill that says it is designed to level the playing field for independent pharmacies overwhelmingly passed the Mississippi House of Representatives and has been sent to the state Senate. House Bill 708, which would be known as the Pharmacy Benefits Prompt Pay Act, was approved by the House 115-3. It would cut the time allowed for ...

Read More »

At long last, Costco opens in Ridgeland

By JACK WEATHERLY The fear for some had been that the traffic would be a nightmare, but the only jam at the Costco Wholesale Store on opening day Thursday was for those who had not joined. That meant an hour’s application and approval of membership, whose basic fee is $60 a year, before they could enter the giant store on ...

Read More »

Tupelo No. 2 ‘micropolitan’ area in one survey, No. 102 in another

By JACK WEATHERLY Two recent reports on “micropolitan” areas are markedly different because of how they measure economic strength. Oxford ranked No. 8 among 542 areas whose populations range from 10,000 to 50,000 in a report from the Policom Corp. Oxford is not even mentioned in a ranking of such areas in a report from Site Selection magazine. Tupelo was ranked 102nd in ...

Read More »

Oxford maintains high ranking on economic strength poll

  By JACK WEATHERLY Oxford maintained its high standing in economic strength among “micropolitan” economic areas, edging up to No. 8 this year from ninth place among 542 such areas in the United States, according to the Policom Corp. Policom defines economic strength as “rapid, consistent growth in both size and quality for an extended period. The lowest ranked areas ...

Read More »

Manufacturer to invest $4 million, create 30 jobs in Brookhaven

  MBJ Staff Keystone Electrical Manufacturing Co. is expanding to Brookhaven, investing $4 million and creating 30 jobs, with hiring to start the first week of March. Headquartered in Des Moines, Ia., Keystone manufactures protection and control relay panels, medium voltage switchgear and turnkey control centers used in the generation, transmission and distribution of electric power. The company is purchasing ...

Read More »

JACK WEATHERLY — ‘Portis experience’ ready to meet you where you are

“I hear you had the Charles Portis experience,” my colleague at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette said. I had had a chance meeting with the famous writer at a west Little Rock book store. And I may have still looked a bit starstruck. I introduced myself to Portis, told him I was a fan and had worked with one of his brothers ...

Read More »

Construction deadlines tied to financial help in Madison project

» Project could begin by the end of 2020, but ‘substantial’ work must begin by end of 2021 By JACK WEATHERLY In asking the city of Madison for financial help in building the ballyhooed Madison on Main project, the developer, Greenstone Ventures Inc. of Atlanta, will have to meet certain deadlines. That’s according to the general agreement between the city, ...

Read More »

Dream realized: Independent pharmacy opens in Jackson

  By JACK WEATHERLY Whitney Harris is living her dream. And she is fully awake to the challenges. Harris opened her pharmacy, District Drugs and Mercantile, in the District at Eastover last week. It’s an independent in the era of the chain pharmacy. After her postgraduate pharmacological education, she put in four and one-half years at an indie, Beemon Drugs ...

Read More »