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Mississippi edges back into good graces of bond raters

By TED CARTER Mississippi’s $100 million in raids on its rainy-day fund and cuts of over $200 million in department and agency budgets the last two years showed bond raters the state can be serious about offsetting sagging revenue collections. The reward is a pair of ratings upgrades on around $350 million in 10-and-20-year general obligation bonds, as well as ...

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SBA puts stronger focus on small population areas with Rural Strong Initiative

By BECKY GILLETTE LaRosa The Rural Strong Initiative by the Small Business Administration (SBA) will put a stronger focus on nonurban areas of America, which includes small businesses in those areas throughout the country, said SBA Mississippi District Director Janita Stewart. Stewart said the Rural Strong Initiative Is particularly important for Mississippi with the state being so rural. The SBA ...

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JACK WEATHERLY: Greenberg’s end

JACK WEATHERLY This is not the way it should end. He should die with his fingers on the keyboard, producing another rhapsody. Paul Greenberg was (a tense I can’t fully believe) a writer, not a pianist, but there is absolutely music in his prose. He couldn’t live without his lifeblood – ink. That was what he dipped his pen in ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Anomaly vs. tsunami in Hood vs. Reeves for Governor

BILL CRAWFORD And so it begins, the anomaly versus the tsunami, the hope versus the expectation, the last Democrat versus the next-in-line Republican. Mississippi’s only Democrat holding statewide office, Attorney General Jim Hood, has officially announced his candidacy for Governor. His all-but-announced governor-in-waiting opponent will be Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves. The night before Hood announced, Reeves was on stage ...

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TOP OF HIS GAME — Cleveland native Bentley Tibbs a top single-family home architect in Dallas

By BECKY GILLETTE Cleveland native Bentley Tibbs, AIA, grew up in Cleveland and spent a lot of his childhood on the family farm 20 miles away called Hushpuckena. He and his brothers still have the farm, but Tibbs lives and works in Dallas, Texas, where he is a prominent single-family home architect. After high school, Tibbs started out at Rhodes ...

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BRICK BY BRICK — MSU architecture juniors take first in national masonry competition

A custom-brick project designed by a team of three Mississippi State architecture students recently won first place in a national masonry competition. Junior Baron O. Necaise of Gulfport presented his team’s “The Pulse” brick design at the National Concrete Masonry Association 2018 Midyear Meeting in Chicago in early August. Teammates included juniors Madison C. Holbrook of Steens and McKenzie R. ...

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Shares plunge after Cal-Maine fails to meet expectations

By JACK WEATHERLY Cal-Maine Foods Inc. reported on Monday that its net income for the fiscal first quarter was $12.4 million, or 26 per share, compared with a loss of $16 million, or 33 cents per share, a year earlier. Net sales for the quarter that ended on Sept. 1 was $340.6 million, 29.6 percent increase ove $262.8 million. Despite ...

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Auto parts maker invests $100 million, adds 50 jobs

Automotive supplier Auto Parts Manufacturing Mississippi is increasing production in Lee County, investing $100 million and creating 50 jobs. Located in Guntown, APMM produces stamped auto parts, body weld parts and plastic parts. The company’s expansion accommodates increased production for the 2019 Toyota Corolla, which is produced in Blue Springs. APMM is retooling its facility and investing in workforce training. ...

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Po’ Monkey’s artifacts sold in auction as collection

By JACK WEATHERLY SHONDA WARNER Willie Seaberry is gone but the stuff of his life isn’t. It’s together as a collection bought in a bidding process by Shonda Warner. Now she’s looking for a home for it, or a place to stay. “Hopefully there will be a number of renowned institutions interested in preserving this vernacular treasure,” she said. “There ...

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