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BILL CRAWFORD — Reeves less politicizing than Trump on COVID-19

Gov. Tate Reeves bemoaned the politicization of COVID-19 coronavirus last week, reported Mississippi Today. He complained that there are “certain groups that want to politicize everything.” Hmmm. To whom was the governor addressing his concern? The “certain group” most politicizing the pandemic is led by his political hero, President Donald Trump. News reports aplenty, starting back in March, attest to ...

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Vicksburg Forest Products to invest $40 million, add 60 jobs

By JACK WEATHERLY Vicksburg Forest Products announced Wednesday that it will expand its lumber mill operation. The project is a $40 million corporate investment and will create 60 jobs. Vicksburg Forest Products, which is headquartered in Jackson, purchased the Vicksburg sawmill from the Anderson-Tully Co. in May 2018 and converted it to a pine lumber operation. Anderson-Tully had produced hardwood ...

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TODD SMITH — NFL to allow social justice messages on helmets

The NFL will allow players to feature decals on the back of helmets with the names or initials of victims of racism and police violence this season. The NFL has been in talks with the player’s association since June about honoring such victims, according to The Undefeated’s Jason Reid. Additionally, individual players will be given the option to choose different names. ...

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Navistar investing $8 million, adding 500 jobs to West Point plant

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal Military vehicle manufacturer Navistar Defense LLC is adding 500 new jobs to its West Point facility as it invests $8 million to upgrade it. “Navistar Defense’s decision to add hundreds of new jobs for the people of Clay County is a strong testament to our state’s business climate and our dedicated, skilled manufacturing workforce,” ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — The slogans of Mississippi

A slogan is “A phrase expressing the aims or nature of an enterprise, organization, or candidate; a motto,” according to the American Heritage Dictionary.  With this definition in mind, this writer went in search of a few slogans in use by cities, nonprofits, and corporations in Mississippi to determine if they met the above definition. The results were across the ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — When will Mississippi’s economy recover?

As the $3 billion stimulus impact provided by Congress winds down, businesses spend out their Paycheck Protection Program loans, and the extra $600 in weekly unemployment payments ends, is Mississippi’s economy ready to go it alone? Both the president and the congress agree more stimulus money is needed to keep the national economy going, but they cannot agree on how ...

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General Atomics investing $39.5 million, creating 125 jobs

General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems is increasing its manufacturing capacity in Shannon to accommodate the addition of three national security components/technologies manufacturing projects for the U.S. Department of Defense. The project is a $39.5 million corporate investment and will create 125 jobs. General Atomics currently has 300 employees in Lee County. The company plans to fill the 125 new jobs by ...

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Northpark theater holds grand opening

B&B Theatres held the grand opening of the renovated Ridgeland Northpark 14 theater on Thursday. The theater has undergone a full-scale, multi-million dollar renovation. Pacific Retail Capital Partners of El Segundo, Calif., bought the mall in September 2016 from Simon Property Group, which built it in 1984. It completed a multi-million-dollar renovation of the mall in November 2018. It bought ...

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Apartments start leasing in NorthRidge development of Jackson

By JACK WEATHERLY Renee Ainsworth conducted a tour of the nearly complete Tapestry Northridge luxury apartment complex in northeast Jackson. The 14.4-acre, 220-unit development will start move-ins in about a month, said Ainsworth, property manager for Arlington Properties of Birmingham, the builder. Seven units have already been leased and 98 people are on the waiting list, she said on Wednesday. ...

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