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Mississippi gave $2M in welfare money to wrestler’s group

The state of Mississippi gave more than $2.1 million in federal welfare money to a ministry run by former pro wrestler Ted DiBiase Sr., who was known in the ring as “The Million Dollar Man.” DiBiase is the father of a man recently indicted on charges of embezzling federal welfare money from the state. Ted DiBiase Sr. himself hasn’t been ...

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Emily Lauder named MBJ’s Business Woman of the Year

Emily Lauder, Vice President of Administration at Toyota Mississippi, was named Mississippi’s Business Woman of the Year for 2020 Thursday by the Mississippi Business Journal. Lauder was joined by 10 finalists and 39 other honorees at an event at the Old Capitol Inn in Downtown Jackson. Lauder was named Vice President of Administration at Toyota Mississippi in June 2018. The ...

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Construction deadlines tied to financial help in Madison project

» Project could begin by the end of 2020, but ‘substantial’ work must begin by end of 2021 By JACK WEATHERLY In asking the city of Madison for financial help in building the ballyhooed Madison on Main project, the developer, Greenstone Ventures Inc. of Atlanta, will have to meet certain deadlines. That’s according to the general agreement between the city, ...

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Legendary rodeo clown Lecile Harris dead at 83

A legendary rodeo clown who spent decades performing has died after the final performance of the 55th Annual Dixie National Rodeo and Livestock Show in Mississippi. Lecile Harris, 83, died in his sleep after the show Wednesday night in Jackson, news outlets reported citing a release from the Mississippi Fair Commission. Born in Lake Cormorant, Mississippi, Harris gained popularity after ...

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Dream realized: Independent pharmacy opens in Jackson

  By JACK WEATHERLY Whitney Harris is living her dream. And she is fully awake to the challenges. Harris opened her pharmacy, District Drugs and Mercantile, in the District at Eastover last week. It’s an independent in the era of the chain pharmacy. After her postgraduate pharmacological education, she put in four and one-half years at an indie, Beemon Drugs ...

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Milwaukee Tool to open 3rd Olive Branch center, hire 100

MBJ Staff Milwaukee Tool is locating a third distribution center in Olive Branch. The project is an $8.7 million corporate investment and has created nearly 100 jobs over the last year in preparation for the distribution center’s opening this spring. Milwaukee Tool is an industry-leading manufacturer of heavy-duty portable electric power tools and accessories for consumers. The company, which has ...

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Mississippi gets grant to improve Port of Gulfport access

The Mississippi State Port Authority is receiving a $15.8 million federal grant to improve highway access to the Port of Gulfport. Members of the state’s congressional delegation announced the grant Tuesday. The port authority will have to provide $3.94 million to go with the federal money. The federal and state money will be used for road and safety infrastructure improvements ...

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Mississippi could verify income of people getting public aid

Mississippi senators clashed Tuesday before passing a bill to let the state auditor see tax returns to verify the income of people enrolled in Medicaid or other public assistance programs. Supporters said the plan is designed to ensure people are not receiving benefits if they earn too much money. But critics questioned the timing and said Mississippi is looking for ...

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Mississippi-owned honey biz creating quite the buzz

By LISA MONTI Joshua Reeves started on the path to beekeeping about 10 years ago in Ohio, where he and his wife bought a two-acre “hobby farm.” That’s a farm with chickens and such, “but not enough to make a living off of,” Reeves said. The Lucedale native, who has a business management degree, was making an actual living as ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Gunn should stick to his guns regarding retirees

Speaker of the House Philip Gunn is right to bow up about state retirees serving in the Legislature. Some background. In late 2018 then Attorney General Jim Hood altered the political landscape for retirees with this opinion – “The PERS Retiree members have vested rights to their benefits, are entitled to receive their benefits and, if qualified and elected, they ...

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