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Ridgeland Cabot Lodge bought for $3.7 million

By MBJ STAFF The 200-room Cabot Lodge Jackson North, located in Ridgeland, has been sold by MMI Hotel Group to a group of investors for $3.7 million, according to Marcus and Millichap, a commercial real estate investment services firm with offices throughout the United States and Canada. The investors, including Heritage Hospitality of Ridgeland and Fusion Hospitality of Tupelo, have ...

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Sophomore Spanish promises upper class cuisine

By JACK WEATHERLY The latest restaurant in the District at Eastover has a name that is a bit taco in cheek, you might say. It’s called the Sophomore Spanish Club. It will open next month and take the place of the Cantina Laredo, an upscale restaurant that closed Feb. 25. The eatery will have a self-effacing name, but owner Ray-Scott ...

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Conventions continue to bring big money to Mississippi

By BECKY GILLETTE Conventions that bring hundreds or even thousands of people to town are in full swing in Mississippi bringing in visitors who have a major financial impact with spending for hotel rooms, gas, meals and visiting local attractions. Some of the biggest conventions happening at the Jackson Convention Complex are related to religious events, said Shun Hatten, vice ...

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Youth sports tourism a home run when it comes to economic impact

By BECKY GILLETTE Some parents encourage their kids to get involved with sports as a way to keep them from spending too much time with their phones and electronic devices, or from getting into trouble. Sports are also helpful to help build self-esteem and combat childhood obesity. But the bottom line is that many kids love to play sports and ...

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Economic impact growing as girls’ volleyball becomes more popular

By BECKY GILLETTE Girls rule in youth volleyball. Volleyball is the most played girl’s sport in the world. But Mississippi has been slower to catch on to this trend than many other states, possibly in part because competitive volleyball is an expensive sport. Not all parents can afford to pay for club dues and travel expenses. It is a high ...

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Sanderson Farms’ Dr. Amy Batal oversees the diet for 510 million chickens per year

By BECKY GILLETTE Dr. Amy Batal, is known as “the mastermind behind Sanderson Farms’ innovative feed formulas.” Batal is an integrated poultry nutritionist who is the corporate nutritionist for Sanderson Farms, which processes 510 million chickens per year. Batal decides what ingredients they need to feed the chickens to get the best nutrition possible. “I work to meet all the ...

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Hancock Whitney’s growth continues with proposed merger with MidSouth Bancorp

By BECKY GILLETTE GULFPORT — Hancock Whitney Corp., the largest public company based in Mississippi ranked according to asset and revenue, had 3,933 employees, $28.2 billion in assets and $1.134 billion in revenue as of December 31, 2018. And now the parent company of Hancock Whitney Bank is poised to grow even larger with the merger planned with MidSouth Bancorp, ...

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MATTHEW McLAUGHLIN — The time is now when it comes to Mississippi’s state flag

Symbols are extremely important in our culture and society as they serve as a connection to something greater than our immediate daily lives.  Symbols can represent a collective ideology or a set of norms that guide a community of people, a state or a nation.  Symbols are powerful and can elicit intense positive and negative emotions. Symbols can serve as ...

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TODD SMITH — State of the News media report released from Pew; newspaper circulation down more than 10%

Each year since the early 2000s, the Pew Research Center has released its State of the News Media report, showcasing key audience and economic indicators across the U.S. news media landscape. This data pinpoints the shifting ways Americans seek news and information in an increasingly digital world. The press – often referred to as the fourth branch of government – ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Sundays make me want for Mondays

It is 7:32 a.m. on a beautiful Sunday morning in mid-summer. Birds are chirping, crepe myrtles and magnolias are in full bloom, the green pollen has long since stopped falling and the sun is shining. The back porch, the Sunday newspapers and the second cup coffee of coffee provide solace. And then it begins. Noise from a nearby lawn mower, ...

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