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On the hunt

New MPB show to outline where jobs are Despite the economic downturn, there are job openings in Mississippi, and many are in the manufacturing sector where skilled labor is in demand. Mississippi Public Broadcasting’s new TV show “Job Hunter,” which airs Jan. 6 will educate viewers about Mississippi’s major manufacturing sectors — such as automotive, aerospace, heavy metal, unique manufacturing ...

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Humphreys eyes another competitor

Anderson CEO seeks purchase Before he became CEO of Anderson Regional Medical Center in Meridian, Ray Humphreys held the same position at Delta Regional Medical Center in Greenville. In early 2005, Humphreys engineered a $20-million purchase of DRMC’s neighbor, King’s Daughters Hospital. Humphreys looks to be in acquisition mode again. On Dec. 1, ARMC filed a notice with the Mississippi ...

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Fins, bolls rebound

Catfish and cotton show new life While most producers enjoyed a bounce-back year in 2010, two commodities that many had given up for dead enjoyed Lazarus-like resurrections. Mississippi’s catfish industry has been on a downward spiral for years. High input costs, rising foreign competition and other factors have driven many out of aquaculture. That attrition led to an increase in the ...

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Nowhere to go but up

Farmers enjoy record-setting year in 2010 Compared to the disaster that was 2009, this year was a banner one for Mississippi’s agriculture community. In the end, there was nowhere to go but up. Still, the estimated total production value for the state’s crops set a new record in 2010, and some commodities posted their best season in years, especially catfish ...

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Hedging their bets

Natchez officials want audit of casino developers The group that wants to develop a greenfield space in Natchez into a riverfront casino feels pretty sure they have the financing in order to pull off the $45-million project. Natchez officials want to make doubly sure that’s the case. Aldermen voted Dec. 14 to have the city’s financial advisor conduct an audit of ...

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A detailed look at state

Mississippi is marked by pockets of financial comfort and regions of poverty, American Community Survey finds An extensive five-year survey by the U.S. Census Bureau lends weight to the belief that two Mississippi’s have developed within the state, one with relative prosperity and the other with hard-edged poverty. The study, for instance, found the Delta is finishing the first decade ...

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Festivals bringing fun and profit to Main Street

Ingenuity, mixed with careful planning and branding can generate big buzz … and lots of dollars, organizers say Nothing brings a town’s cash registers alive like a festival celebrating some unique aspect or iconic element of the community. Slugburgers in Corinth, Loblollies in Laurel, the pottery of Peter Anderson in Gulfport and the whole lotta shakin’ of Elvis in Tupelo are ...

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Can the CanCan go? Officials believe so

By the end of the first quarter of 2011, the City of D’Iberville’s waterfront area could begin a total transformation. That’s when CanCan development hopes to break ground on the CanCan Casino Resort and Spa and French Village, a $450-million mixed-use gaming development that will be the first casino in D’Iberville. The CanCan will feature a 60,000-square-foot casino with a ...

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