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Only eight of Dogwood Festival stores are open during pandemic

Dogwood Festival Market is normally one of the most bustling retail centers along Lakeland Drive in Rankin County, but only eight of its 37 businesses were open earlier this week, in some fashion, due to the corona virus pandemic, according to Inland National Real Estate Services LLC. The Chicago-based company issued the following statement: “Dogwood Festival is abiding by the ...

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TODD SMITH — Consumers have confidence brands can lead in Coronavirus response

Edelman’s trust barometer has previously identified a shift in consumer sentiment where more people are valuing the actions of brands over institutions like the media and government. That trend has jumped to center stage in a more significant way as countries around the world scramble to respond to a coronavirus pandemic that has resulted in a climbing human toll and upturned industries. ...

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WEDNESDAY — Mississippi reports eight more deaths with 88 new cases of Coronavirus, 2,003 total

Mississippi’s total of presumptive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 2,003 after the Mississippi Health Department reported a record 88 newly identified cases on Wednesday morning. The good news is Wednesday announcement is only the second time in eight days Mississippi has had less than 100 or more new cases. And it is the lowest total new cases since 84 ...

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Auto insurers giving premium credits because of outbreak

By JACK WEATHERLY Auto insurers will give Mississippians a break on their insurance premiums to reflect the fact that during the corona virus pandemic they have traveled far less than usual, especially since Tate Reeves and other governors issued stay-at-home orders. Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney said in an interview on Tuesday that he expects all auto insurers to issue ...

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Dillard’s closes 200 stores, all six in Mississippi

All six of the Dillard’s department stores in Mississippi have temporarily closed due to the corona virus pandemic. They are among at least 200 stores closing out of 285 in the Little Rock-based retail chain. The closing of the Dillard’s in Northpark mall in Ridgeland leaves the mall without any of its three anchor stores, the others being Belk and ...

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Broad Street, Bravo! reopening with curb service

By JACK WEATHERLY Bravo! and Broad Street Bakery and Cafe are resuming operations with curbside service this week after shutting down because of the corona virus pandemic. Co-owner Jeff Good said Broad Street has in the meantime been doing contract work with five stores owned by the Roberts Co. — three Corner Market stores,in Jackson, a Sunflower in Raymond and ...

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Queen’s Reward switching from mead to hand sanitizer

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal TUPELO • The newly installed gleaming copper and stainless still brewing at Queen’s Reward Meadery will be making mead brandy one day. But for now, it’ll be making something much more needed – hand sanitizer. “We were going to buy a still anyway – just not this early – but now that we have the ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Mortgage process illustrates solving pandemic economy not simple

It will be a sad and desperate time in a few months when millions of laid-off homeowners receive foreclosure notices. Add to that, the thousands of renters and commercial leaseholders who will face eviction. Is this a problem that can be solved now? And who will solve it? One idea is to simply call a timeout. Consider how a timeout ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — ‘Blackwood’ takes us on a journey into the darkness

‘In the midway of this our mortal life, I found me in a gloomy wood, astray.’ – Dante’s Inferno, Canto 1, lines 1, 2 Michael Farris Smith has taken two Southern jokes and turned them on their literary heads. Kudzu and ghosts are not worthy of serious fiction unless in the hands of a master storyteller, such as Smith in his ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Trump changes tune, but will his followers?

Personal freedom stands as the most liberal innovation of human civilization. How ironic that it stands as a key political manifesto of today’s conservative movement in America. Adopting the mantra that limited government empowers personal freedom, conservative groups for the past two decades have been promoting the need to tear down what they see as over-reaching government authority. Donald Trump became their ...

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