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Milwaukee Tool to open 3rd Olive Branch center, hire 100

MBJ Staff Milwaukee Tool is locating a third distribution center in Olive Branch. The project is an $8.7 million corporate investment and has created nearly 100 jobs over the last year in preparation for the distribution center’s opening this spring. Milwaukee Tool is an industry-leading manufacturer of heavy-duty portable electric power tools and accessories for consumers. The company, which has ...

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Elvie’s keeps it simple and elegant

By JACK WEATHERLY There’s a good reason why Cody McCain says: “Everybody is kind of in our living room.” That’s because Elvie’s, which opened on Tuesday, is built in the bungalow style, he said. Or rebuilt. The original 1,850-square-foot house at 809 Manship St. in what is now the expanding Belhaven Town Center had been vacant for a decade and ...

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Belhaven Town Center making strides to maturity

By JACK WEATHERLY Developers see it as the new main street for Belhaven. Belhaven is known for its stylish and historical residential neighborhood, including legendary writer Eudora Welty’s home, Belhaven University, Millsaps College and the New Stage Center. But four men with deep roots in Mississippi’s largest historic district agreed that Belhaven needed a “centering,” a street and common ground ...

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Citizens Holdings shares steady for quarter, down for year

Citizens Holding Co. announced on Tuesday results of operations for the three and twelve months ending Dec. 31. Net income for the quarter was $1.971 million, or 35 cents per share   an increase of $256,000 from net income of $1.715 million, or 35 cents per share for the same quarter in 2018. The majority of the increase relates to ...

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Sweetie Pie’s’ long road leads it to new location

By JACK WEATHERLY Sweetie Pie’s restaurant reopened in a new location last week. The soul-food eatery has changed neighborhoods – moving from the shadow of the Governor’s Mansion on North Congress Street to 110 East South St., adjacent to the south side of Cathead Distillery. Tim Norman, son of Robbie Montgomery, the matriarch of the family business, said Tuesday that ...

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Former Gov. Bryant quickly finds a niche in the private sector

By JACK WEATHERLY    Former Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has found a place in the private sector that has a familiar ring to it.    He is a founding partner in Bryant Songy Snell Global Partners and will focus on economic development in the Southeast and international trade markets.    Bryant completed his second four-year term as governor on Jan. ...

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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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