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Atlanta fast-food supplier reviving dormant Jackson distribution center

JACKSON, Mississippi — A long vacant refrigeration and dry storage distribution center at Jackson’s Hawkins Field Industrial Park has a new owner that plans nearly $1 million in upgrades to the warehouse and the initial hiring of 30 warehouse workers and drivers. Atlanta-based Customized Distributors LLC will grow to 50 workers over the next two years as it expands its ...

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Smithville celebrates new domed gym-disaster structure as tornado recovery continues

SMITHVILLE, Mississippi — Monroe County received a check for $1.4 million Friday to put toward the cost of building the Smithville school’s new monolithic dome gym, a tornado-resistant structure that replaces the gym destroyed on April 27, 2011 by an EF5 tornado that roared through the center of town, killing 16 people. The domed gym at the Smithville Attendance Center ...

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Bribery gets former Greenville schools chief 76 months

  Accepting bribes from a school contractor has led to a federal prison sentence of six years and four months for Harvey Franklin, former Greenville Public Schools superintendent. Franklin faced up to 25 years imprisonment. In exchange for guilty pleas, he received 76 months each on two counts and 60 months on a third count at his sentencing Wednesday. They ...

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Toys“R”Us Outlet among Outlets of Mississippi grand openings

Happily for your family’s youngsters, the Outlets of Mississippi will be offering more than just designer fashions when the 80-store retail complex opens Thursday. Just in time for the holiday shopping season, Toys“R”Us will open its newest store at Outlets of Mississippi, 200 Bass Pro Drive. The approximately 5,000-square-foot store offers a wide selection of products unique to the company’s ...

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Goodbye, Turner Field; Braves to Cobb in 2017

The Atlanta Braves plan to build a new stadium in Cobb County and move there from Turner Field at the start of the 2017 season, team officials said today, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Braves executives John Schuerholz, Mike Plant and Derek Schiller, in a meeting with a small group of reporters, said the new ballpark will be built at the ...

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Balch & Bingham beefs up to add new law practice areas

Birmingham-based law firm Balch & Bingham has added 13 associates to its roster of more than 250 attorneys and lobbyists in the Southeast and Washington, D.C., including additional attorneys in the Jackson and Gulfport offices. Alan Rogers, managing partner of the 91-year-old firm, said the staffing increase is part of a move to establish several new practice areas. “Most recently, ...

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USM's ROTC program gets reprieve on shutdown

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has persuaded the Army to delay its plans to include the University of Southern Mississippi on a list of collegiate Reserve Officer Training Corps programs targeted for closing over the next two years. Southern Miss landed on the list of 13 programs targeted for closing after failing to meet ROTC enrollment and graduation levels. Bryant declared ...

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Kaiser: 204,000 in state can get health insurance tax credits

Once the federal government’s health insurance marketplace Web portal – healthcare.gov – is actually working, 204,000 uninsured Mississippians will be eligible for tax credits that can be used to lower the price of premiums on the exchange, a new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation says. The Kaiser Foundation estimates the 204,000 has the potential to grow to 290,000 Mississippians’ ...

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