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Mapping the future – There’s an app for that

Meridian attorney turns being lost in The Grove into app for football fans Holly Aldredge, a Natchez native and Ole Miss graduate who lives in Dallas, has experienced the frustration of trying to describe to those unfamiliar with the Grove in Oxford how to navigate the popular tailgating spot on football game days. To newcomers, the Grove is a labyrinth of ...

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The branding of a region

Southwest Mississippi battles identity crisis in competition for economic development It’s not just companies and products that need solid branding. Sometimes entire regions need a “hook.” One area of the state is hoping to get just that, and it is looking for immediate results. Southwest Mississippi suffers from an identity crisis that hinders economic development in  the region, which has resulted ...

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BancorpSouth in acquiring mode

CEO Patterson tells annual bank conference in Chicago, ‘We are an experienced and proven acquirer.’ BancorpSouth Bank is on the hunt for banks to buy and expects to be a regional leader in acquiring “fatigued” community banks over at least the next 12 to 18 months. BancorpSouth chairman and CEO Aubrey Patterson made note of the regional banking company’s ambitions ...

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Allison: Exemption doesn’t free banks from state regulation

An exemption for small banks won’t fully free Mississippi’s many small financial institutions from the regulatory grip of a soon-to-be-created federal consumer financial protection agency. So says Mississippi Banking Commissioner John Allison. He concedes the exemption is there for financial institutions with assets under $10 billion. But exemptions written by Congress can’t erase the state’s obligation to enforce compliance measures ...

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Coast leaders: It could have been worse

Effects of BP spill appear minimal on Mississippi According to some business and industry leaders, the manmade disaster that has been BP’s runaway oil well might not have been as disastrous as first feared. Jack Norris, president of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Business Council, says the organization’s most recent regional brief is not all doom and gloom. “Yes, we are ...

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Big money at stake

As St. Dominic’s fight for Madison continues, it raises the question of whether hospitals should be allowed to follow urban sprawl A recent decision by a state Health Department officer recommending that St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson not be allowed to move some of its acute care beds closer to its Madison patients brings up interesting questions about whether Mississippi’s ...

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On tap

Mississippi Coliseum to serve beer for first time; new arena advocates still work on feasibility study On Oct. 16, Hank Williams Jr. will be in Jackson to perform at the Mississippi Coliseum. Joining Williams will be country music acts Jamey Johnson, Colt Ford, Josh Thompson and The Grascals. But perhaps the star of the show will be something that’s never appeared — at ...

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Tabor: Back to the drawing board

Ruling a win for CottonMill developers; Condo developers ‘exploring other options’ In late July, Starkville aldermen voted 4-3 to deny a zoning change request from a developer who wanted to turn the old University Inn into condominiums. Larry Tabor, whose Tabor Management had planned to renovate the old 100-room hotel into 50 condos, had requested that the property be rezoned ...

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Withering in the field

Farmers facing record heat, lack of rain One year after being rained out of their fields and suffering the worst planting season in a half-century, Mississippi’s farmers are now frying in them. The prolonged, record temperatures and lack of rain have many wondering if the agriculture community facing another disaster. “That’s hard for me to believe,” said Dr. John Michael ...

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Facelift and expansion of 1950s era Monfort a go

Attala Co. hospital waits for bids now, expects to break ground in October   Montfort Jones Memorial Hospital in Kosciusko is searching for a general contractor for a $15-million expansion comprising approximately 58,000 square feet. Hospital administrator John Dawson said he hopes the facility will see lots of new patients as federal healthcare reform kicks in.   Montfort released its ...

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