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Commercial Realtors launch own cyber version of MLS

An Internet-based property information depository is set to spare Mississippi’s commercial real estate professionals much of the frustration and guesswork that has become a routine part of the workday. The Commercial Information Exchange, or CIE, search engine is open for business, said Walter Becker, chair of the Mississippi Commercial Association of Realtors’ Technology Committee. Its use is open to the ...

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Waiting on the water

Desperate flood-protection work was redlining last week in the areas of the South Delta susceptible to backwater flooding. At Simmons Catfish right outside Yazoo City, owner Harry Simmons was hoping the three miles’ worth of levees he had built in the past two weeks were going to be enough to save his home, his processing plant and 25 of his ...

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Film: Mississippi’s new multi-million dollar industry?

All over the state, Mississippi’s film industry infrastructure is getting a boost:  The Mississippi Motion Picture Incentive just got a 5 percent increase, a new Tupelo production facility is open for business,  Canton has a new purpose-built stage and a Gulf Coast Film Office is forming. The state Film Office and local producers believe Mississippi is now in the position ...

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Tunica: Down, not out

Some attractions not closed by rising river As the City of Tunica nervously watches the rising Mississippi River, it is trying to get the word out that it is still open for business. The flooding river has caused the staggered closing of the Delta community’s nine casinos and the Tunica RiverPark has been closed and its artifacts relocated. The community ...

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Midyear upswing eyed

Unoccupied space just up at 1.8 million square feet compared to 1.78 million square feet unoccupied in the previous quarter Metro Jackson’s office market ended the first quarter in much the same fashion as the fourth quarter, with the submarkets of Lakeland Drive and Interstate-55/County Line Road showing slight occupancy increases and the Central Business District and Colony Park slight ...

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So you say you want to be an insurance agent?

By Tim Turner – contributor The nation’s healthcare reform will swell Mississippi’s insurance rolls in the coming years. Right now, there are 14,115 licensed insurance producers — they don’t call them agents anymore — in the state. And they are going to need some help accommodating the newly insured if folks are willing to go through the process of obtaining ...

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Flooded fields

Agriculture losses could approach $1B The anger and frustration was obvious in Doug Jeter’s voice. The Warren County farmer had spent the last week counting his losses while moving equipment to higher ground as the Mississippi River approaches an historic crest. He and colleagues moved his equipment to the North Washington Street area where they understood it would remain above ...

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Finding affordable health insurance

The Affordable Health Care Act is laden with provisions to help consumers with their insurance until 2014 By Tim Turner – contributor Michael Story can’t tell you what impact healthcare reform will have on the future of the insurance industry in Mississippi. All he knows is that because of measures it already has in place, he is assured of having ...

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THE BUSINESS OF FEAR

Vicksburg’s Washington Street retailers confront threats real and imagined Last week on Vicksburg’s Washington Street retail corridor, two different kinds of fears were taking hold. One sprung from lost business due to tourist fears about the coming Mississippi River flood, which is expected to be the worst since 1927. The other dealt with a more tangible threat – the River ...

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Smithville business people resolve to rebuild community

Damage assessment in Smithville was underway last week, after the state’s first confirmed EF-5 tornado in almost 50 years killed 15 people and destroyed a large portion of the town’s homes and businesses April 27. Statewide, the April 27 outbreak destroyed 41 businesses, and left 74 with major damage, according to numbers from Gov. Haley Barbour’s office. A lot of ...

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