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Seafood R’evolution to close; CAET will move in

By Jack Weatherly Seafood R’evolution opened in 2014 with the fanfare that only chefs with marquee names can command. Those names? John Folse and Rick Tramanto. The New Orleans-based chefs lent their names, as well as their hands by regularly visiting the upscale eatery in Renaissance at Colony Park. But it will serve dinner for the last time on March ...

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Phyllis Polk Johnson named MBJ’s Business Woman of the Year

Phyllis Polk Johnson, executive director of the Mississippi Board of Nursing, was named Mississippi’s Business Woman of the Year for 2018 Thursday by the Mississippi Business Journal. Johnson was joined by 10 finalists and 39 other honorees at an event at the Old Capitol Inn in Downtown Jackson. At the Mississippi Board of Nursing, Johnson is responsible for the oversight of ...

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Milwaukee Tool looks to hire neighboring plant’s 54 workers

MBJ staff The Milwaukee Tool plant in Greenwood offered to look at hiring 54 workers from Hardware Distribution Warehouses Inc.’s plant that’s closing across the street. Milwaukee Tool Plant Manager Jack Bilotta says the hope is those qualified can fit into the organization. Milwaukee Tool’s more than 850 employees repair electric drills and saws as well as other tools and ...

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Bank to sell historic Mississippi home and inn at auction

A southwest Mississippi historic home and inn will be auctioned after a bank foreclosed.The Natchez Democrat reports the Dunleith Historic Inn will be auctioned Feb. 1. Owner Michael Worley filed for personal bankruptcy last year, citing $107 million in debts and $80 million in assets. The house is among the most recognized antebellum structures in Natchez. A federal judge recently ...

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Keesler opens on Lake Harbour Drive

MBJ staff Keesler Federal Credit Union has opened a location on Lake Harbour Drive in Ridgeland. The branch is the first of three that will open in the coming months as the credit union expands its footprint to all three counties in the metro Jackson market. The Ridgeland branch is located at 733 Lake Harbour Drive, next to Newk’s restaurant. ...

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Cameron Champ wins Sanderson Farms for 1st PGA Tour title

Cameron Champ’s prodigious drives weren’t finding the fairways during much of Sunday’s final round at the Country Club of Jackson. Even so, he wasn’t fazed. The 23-year-old was ready to prove he’s more than just a big hitter. Champ birdied five of the last six holes thanks largely to clutch putting and won the Sanderson Farms Championship, recovering for his ...

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Computer switch tied to delays for some Mississippi car tags

Some Mississippi drivers say they are frustrated by delays in getting license plates. Lee County resident Norma Kolarik told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that she and her husband bought a car in May in Alcorn County. She said they couldn’t get a tag until September, and even then it took help from a state lawmaker. “The citizens of Mississippi ...

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City seeks part-time officers to fill police shortage

A Mississippi city is seeking part-time police officers as it tries to fill a personnel shortage. WLBT-TV reports that the Vicksburg Police Department is now offering to hire part-time officers, paying $25 an hour. Part-time officers dominate police forces in many smaller Mississippi cities and towns, but many larger cities prefer to hire full-time officers. Vicksburg Police Chief Milton Moore ...

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Official: Stranded dolphins may be related to hurricane

An official with the nonprofit Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Mississippi says the stranding of rare dolphins on the Gulf Coast may be related to Hurricane Michael. IMMS director Moby Solangi tells The Sun Herald of Biloxi that a stranded pantropical spotted dolphin was brought to the center in critical condition Tuesday night. It was found near Theodore, Alabama. ...

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Ex-director utility says he will fight part of audit demand

A former director of a city-owned utility says he will fight the Mississippi auditor’s demand that he repay a severance package. Auditor Shad White says Tuesday that his office is demanding $78,613 from former state Sen. Kenny Wayne Jones, who worked for Canton Municipal Utilities from 2016 until January 2018. The auditor says severance pay to public officials is illegal. ...

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