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Aviation museum taking shape on the coast

By LYNN LOFTON A long held dream for an aviation museum is taking shape on Pass Road in Gulfport with plans to open phase one this spring. The Mississippi Aviation Heritage Museum is under the auspices of the Brown Condor Association which honors the legacy of barrier-breaking pilot John C. Robinson.  Housed in a former furniture store owned by the ...

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Ole Miss law school honored for diversity

By LYNN LOFTON With a total enrollment of 412 and one third of those students of color, the University of Mississippi School of Law is dedicated to becoming more diversified and is pleased with a recent honor confirming that policy. It has been named a Best Regional Law School for Black Students in the third edition of the Black Student’s ...

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State’s 2019 top economic projects bring jobs, investments

As 2019 comes to a close, a look back reveals the state’s top economic development projects that are bringing jobs and investments to several counties. Among the top eight projects listed by the Mississippi Development Authority, 2,205 new jobs were created with an investment of $469.5 million. Locations in the state receiving these boosts include the counties of DeSoto, Lee, ...

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Nurse Practitioners filling the state’s gap in health care

By LYNN LOFTON Here’s another grim statistic for Mississippi — out of 50 states and the District of Columbia, we’re number 51 in health care. Nurse practitioners believe they are playing a vital role in the state’s health care and want to help lift us from the bottom. The Mississippi Association of Nurse Practitioners (MSANP) has a goal to change ...

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Entergy offers solutions for cold months ahead

By LYNN LOFTON With chilly days ahead followed by a long, hot summer, there are ways to help your home or business increase energy efficiency. Entergy Mississippi’s Entergy Solutions programs are available for residential, small business, commercial, industrial and governmental customers. Residential programs are open for all residential customers on an ongoing basis and the company begins taking applications for ...

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Role of women in banking changing

By LYNN LOFTON Women have stepped from behind tellers’ cages as the role of women in banking is changing in what is considered a male dominated field. In banks across the state women bankers are leading and assuming more responsibilities. Two such examples are Mary Childs and Teresa Thornhill. Childs is CEO of the Peoples Bank of Ripley and last ...

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Mississippi Aquarium will reach hearts and minds beginning in April

By LYNN LOFTON Occupying 5.8 acres in downtown Gulfport, the Mississippi Aquarium expects to open on April 30, 2020. All Mississippians can be proud of this new attraction that’s located on Highway 90 across from Jones Park and Gulfport Harbor. It will contain more than 80,000 square feet of exhibits connected by landscaped walkways with plants representing all the physiographic ...

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Expedition Point receives final approval to begin development

By LYNN LOFTON A new waterfront community in the metro Jackson area, Expedition Point, will move forward now that final approval has been received from the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District. Managing partners Frank Perkins and Mark Frascogna are working with civil engineers and other public agencies to begin work on the land. “I’m happy to say that the ...

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SUPER SIX — Mississippi’s companies offer an array of services

By LYNN LOFTON The top six companies — the Super Six — on the list of Mississippi’s Top 100 private companies are a diverse group. The sectors represented include petroleum refining and distributing, banking, construction, tire services and insurance. The top six are Ergon, BancPlus Corporation/BankPlus, the Yates Companyies, Southern Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance, Southern Tire Mart and Southern Farm ...

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Progress being made at state’s mental health facilities

By LYNN LOFTON The state’s mental health system is complex and serves not only people who have a mental illness, but also those with intellectual and developmental disabilities and substance use disorders. Strides have been made over the past several years to strengthen the mental health care system to meet residents’ needs. “The progress that has been made and the ...

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