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Construction deadlines tied to financial help in Madison project

» Project could begin by the end of 2020, but ‘substantial’ work must begin by end of 2021 By JACK WEATHERLY In asking the city of Madison for financial help in building the ballyhooed Madison on Main project, the developer, Greenstone Ventures Inc. of Atlanta, will have to meet certain deadlines. That’s according to the general agreement between the city, ...

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Dream realized: Independent pharmacy opens in Jackson

  By JACK WEATHERLY Whitney Harris is living her dream. And she is fully awake to the challenges. Harris opened her pharmacy, District Drugs and Mercantile, in the District at Eastover last week. It’s an independent in the era of the chain pharmacy. After her postgraduate pharmacological education, she put in four and one-half years at an indie, Beemon Drugs ...

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Mississippi-owned honey biz creating quite the buzz

By LISA MONTI Joshua Reeves started on the path to beekeeping about 10 years ago in Ohio, where he and his wife bought a two-acre “hobby farm.” That’s a farm with chickens and such, “but not enough to make a living off of,” Reeves said. The Lucedale native, who has a business management degree, was making an actual living as ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Gunn should stick to his guns regarding retirees

Speaker of the House Philip Gunn is right to bow up about state retirees serving in the Legislature. Some background. In late 2018 then Attorney General Jim Hood altered the political landscape for retirees with this opinion – “The PERS Retiree members have vested rights to their benefits, are entitled to receive their benefits and, if qualified and elected, they ...

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TODD SMITH — Jeep’s Groundhog Day ad wins Super Bowl gold

Patrick Mahomes wasn’t the only one with the golden touch on Super Bowl Sunday. Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs marched to a thrilling, come-from-behind victory in Super Bowl LIV – and so did many of our favorite brands. Jeep’s “Groundhog Day” ad – featuring Bill Murray, Punxsutawney Phil and others in a flashback to the blockbuster movie, where the ...

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Elvie’s keeps it simple and elegant

By JACK WEATHERLY There’s a good reason why Cody McCain says: “Everybody is kind of in our living room.” That’s because Elvie’s, which opened on Tuesday, is built in the bungalow style, he said. Or rebuilt. The original 1,850-square-foot house at 809 Manship St. in what is now the expanding Belhaven Town Center had been vacant for a decade and ...

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Belhaven Town Center making strides to maturity

By JACK WEATHERLY Developers see it as the new main street for Belhaven. Belhaven is known for its stylish and historical residential neighborhood, including legendary writer Eudora Welty’s home, Belhaven University, Millsaps College and the New Stage Center. But four men with deep roots in Mississippi’s largest historic district agreed that Belhaven needed a “centering,” a street and common ground ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Despite cash infusion PERS’ ship keeps sinking

Here we go again at PERS, the state employee retirement system. Despite last year’s promise to legislators that a boost in employer contributions would right the ship, the ship sank again in FY 2019. The latest Actuarial Valuation Report (delayed until after the election) showed PERS’ unfunded pension liability jumped up $1 billion, from $16.9 billion to $18 billion. The ...

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Ole Miss internship program building pathway to the future

By NASH NUNNERY No longer are internships just for college students looking to gain work experience and earn academic credit. They’re also a way for companies to build a pipeline that attracts young talent. Last month, the University of Mississippi School of Business Administration hosted its first-ever Total Internship Management Workshop in Oxford. Conducted by Intern Bridge Inc., CEO Robert ...

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