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Virus forces restaurants to tighten up or close across Mississippi

By JACK WEATHERLY Restaurants across Mississippi are either running abbreviated service to try to avoid closing because of the coronavirus pandemic – or have already closed. “Sales started plummeting early last week,” said Pat Fontaine, executive director of the Mississippi Hospitality and Restaurant Association. The public’s fear of the contagion and statements and mandates by federal and local government have ...

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Health officials confirm first Coronavirus death in Mississippi

Today the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reports the first death from coronavirus (COVID-19) in Mississippi. The case was a male 60-65 years old from Hancock County with chronic underlying conditions. He died in a Louisiana hospital. “As the coronavirus outbreak began claiming lives across the world, we knew this would eventually hit Mississippi. But that doesn’t make it ...

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HUNTER ESTES — Coronavirus necessitates regulation reevaluation

As a deadly virus has spread across the nation, many of us have been forced to embrace alternative work and life patterns from those we previously occupied. Some of these strategies have been a bit alien, including remote work and the need for food delivery amidst self-isolation. Yet, in truth, we have been empowered to embrace innovation in this period. ...

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Legislation seeks ‘level playing field’ for independent pharmacies

By JACK WEATHERLY A bill that says it is designed to level the playing field for independent pharmacies overwhelmingly passed the Mississippi House of Representatives and has been sent to the state Senate. House Bill 708, which would be known as the Pharmacy Benefits Prompt Pay Act, was approved by the House 115-3. It would cut the time allowed for ...

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LYNN LOFTON — A personal look at this pandemic

Okay, so yes, this coronavirus is serious business and we’re all scared ’cause we’ve never seen anything like it before. But hello, there are some sort of nutty things about the reaction that I don’t understand. Like this thing about buying up all the toilet paper. What’s that about? It’s one of the few things that doesn’t come from China, ...

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Hancock Whitney establishes new presence in Metro Jackson

Today, Hancock Whitney announced plans to expand into metropolitan Jackson by hiring a well-known, experienced team of local commercial bankers. Hancock Whitney will open a loan production office which the bank plans in the future to transition into a financial center focused on serving business and commercial clients throughout the region. Gulfport based Hancock Whitney, the largest bank headquartered in Mississippi, ...

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WEDNESDAY — Mississippi coronavirus total hits 34

Mississippi’s total of presumptive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 34 after the Mississippi Health Department reported 13 newly identified cases on Wednesday morning, including one in DeSoto County. The newly reported cases are in the following counties: Bolivar, Coahoma, DeSoto, Hancock, Harrison, Madison, Pearl River, Perry. DeSoto County was the only northern Mississippi county among the new cases reported ...

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Newk’s creates new position, names first COO

Newk’s Eatery has named Joe Pate as chief operations officer, a new position that was created to expand the company’s operations team for continued growth. Pate comes to Newk’s with 35 years of experience in the restaurant industry, serving more than 20 years with Dallas-based la Madeline French Bakery and Cafe, most recently as vice president of operations, where he ...

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TODD SMITH — Transparency, preparation key for Coronavirus pandemic communications

The coronavirus has wreaked havoc on our world – and in the world of clear communications! Officials and leaders around the globe are warning people of the potential ramifications of the coronavirus (COVID-19) by the day and hour. Supply-chain management, special events, retail and hospitality businesses are all vulnerable to disruptions caused by this far-reaching public health concern, according to ...

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Mississippi now reports 21 coronavirus cases

There are now 21 presumptive positive cases of the new coronavirus in Mississippi, according to a Tuesday morning update from the state Health Department. The newly identified positive cases are from Harrison, Hinds, Jackson and Leflore counties. Nine Mississippi counties now have identified COVID-19 cases: Copiah, Forrest, Hancock, Harrison, Hinds, Jackson, Leflore, Monroe and Pearl River. Hinds County has the ...

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