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Couple taking risk in creating cooperative workspace in historic downtown Jackson

By LISA MONTI  Attorney Matthew McLaughlin admits rehabilitating a historic building in downtown Jackson is a “pretty big leap of faith” for him and his wife, Shannon, to tackle. Shannon McLaughlin, an event planner who also does marketing and public relations, was looking for office space when the couple found two old buildings on North State Street. They needed major ...

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Central Mississippi real estate market feeling momentum

By LISA MONTI  Last year, the central Mississippi real estate market had some highs and lows, but Realtors in the 10-county area believe 2015’s momentum could translate to good things in 2016. One high point in December’s market report from the Central Mississippi Realtors members showed that new listings increased 12.5 percent to 433 from the previous December. “Usually December ...

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Old Cuevas Bistro thrives in new location

By LISA MONTI After Old Cuevas Bistro burned to the ground in July 2014, loyal customers waited hopefully for news about the Pass Christian restaurant’s comeback. In early 2015, word began to spread that the bistro would relocate across the Bay Bridge to a former retail spot inside a historic building at 111 Main Street in Bay St. Louis. Work began ...

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SELLING MISSISSIPPI — Weaver’s task at MDA is to make sure state is marketed

By LISA MONTI  amela Weaver started the new year in a new job, as chief marketing officer for the Mississippi Development Authority, the state’s top economic development agency. She spent the previous eight years as communications director for Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann’s office. “We did everything from elections to forestry,” she said. Weaver expects her job at MDA, with ...

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Rate hike effect on borrowers likely minimal

By LISA MONTI The Federal Reserve’s much anticipated interest rate hike is not going to have significant impact on most people, and whether rates will continue to rise depends on the economy showing continued signs of improvement. That’s the long-story-short view of Jerry Host, president and CEO of Jackson-based Trustmark National Bank, which has more than 200 locations in the ...

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Gulf Coast reaching for fiber optic ring

By LISA MONTI State and local officials are working to improve access to ultra-high-speed Internet service to residents, businesses and educational institutions along the Coast. Backers say a redundant and public fiber optic ring will help the coastal cities and counties  catch up with other cities and regions of the country and be more competitive in education, healthcare public safety and ...

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Social media policy at work protects employer

By LISA MONTI Social media in the workplace are 1) A necessity to stay competitive 2) An important internal communication and recruiting tool 3) A minefield. The answer is 4) All of the above. Social media use is fraught with pitfalls: employees wasting company time, revealing company secrets, spreading computer viruses and unsavory comments about the boss or fellow employees, the ...

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It might be obvious but do not bring your grenades — Travel tips from TSA

By LISA MONTI The Transportation Security Administration wants to remind you that if you’re flying during the busy holiday season, please leave your guns, grenades and martial arts tools at home. No, really. TSA already this year has collected 400 pounds of prohibited items that passengers brought to the security checkpoint at Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, and officials expect to collect more ...

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