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Retail phase of Oxford Commons complete and leased

By JACK WEATHERLY The Blackburn Group has announced the completion of the Terrace at Oxford Commons, with 100 percent of the 16,000-square-foot retail center preleased. The Oxford Commons is a projected mixed-use traditional neighborhood of 1,500 to 1,600 residences – free-standing, condominiums, townhouses and apartments – on about 700 acres in the city of Oxford. All of the new businesses in the Terrace are planning to open in August or September. “It is ...

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Grocery wholesaler to invest $300 million, create 79 jobs in Hernando

Associated Wholesale Grocers Inc. plans to expand and consolidate in DeSoto County by constructing a new facility in Hernando. The project will bring over $300 million in investment, retain the existing 511 employees, and create 79 jobs. AWG is the nation’s largest cooperative food wholesaler to independent supermarkets, serving more than 1,100 companies at more than 3,000 locations throughout 28 states, according ...

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THURSDAY: 12 new Coronavirus deaths along with 238 new cases reported

By ROSS REILY Mississippi’s total of presumptive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 16,560 after the Mississippi Health Department reported 238 newly identified cases on Thursday. It is the 57th consecutive day that the single-day total has been more than 100 with 42 days of more than 200 (17 consecutive) and 15 days of 300 or more and four of ...

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TODD SMITH — Influencer marketing is a great communications tool in today’s world

Influencer marketing has experienced explosive growth in recent years. Previous projections had it estimated to become a $15 billion market by 2022, and that was before the rapid rise of TikTok and content creation under quarantine.   However, alongside this growth have been increasingly bleak headlines: The influencer marketing bubble is set to burst, influence is phony and influencer fraud is costing companies more than ...

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Hotelier Chawla looking to a brighter future

Police matter, dissolution of alliance with Trump organization behind him   By JACK WEATHERLY Dinesh Chawla is looking to the future. Not the recent past. That is understandable, given the turn of events in the past year for the man who is looking forward to the opening of the Lyric Hotel in Cleveland. The luxury hotel, which will be a ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Real Estate Realisms

In this column, we will introduce you to REALisms. What is a REALism and what does it have to do with real estate? A REALism is a phrase, saying, or words of wisdom that captures a truism about real estate. It is a statement that is based on self-evidence or factual evidence. and is accepted as an obvious truth in ...

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Downtown boutique hotel to be named Hotel Tupelo, open in December 2021

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal TUPELO • The four-story, 80-room boutique hotel to be built in Fairpark in downtown Tupelo has an official name: Hotel Tupelo, and it should be completed by December 2021. The name is a nod to the past, as a Hotel Tupelo once stood downtown. Its Blue Room was where the Community Development Foundation got its ...

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Analysis: Budget writing complicated by pandemic revenue dip

Mississippi tax collections were robust for the first several months of the budget year that started last July 1. Then the coronavirus pandemic struck, businesses were hobbled by government shutdown orders and the economy started to sputter. On the status of state tax collections, Republican House Speaker Philip Gunn recently told The Associated Press: “We clearly got hammered in April ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Respect and common sense needed, not spit and aggression

As the COVID-19 virus and behavior restrictions linger, frustrations grow, spawning irresponsible reactions by some. An angry man spewed a glob of spit onto the mask of a Presbyterian minister out shopping in Jackson. In Michigan a man wiped his nose and mouth on a store clerk’s shirt when he was told to wear a mask. Also in Michigan a ...

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