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Continuing the legacy: Ken Jeter Store and Restaurant Supply gets new owner

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal TUPELO • For nearly 50 years, Ken Jeter Store Equipment has been quietly successful, installing commercial equipment in restaurants, supermarkets, convenience stores and service industry businesses. But people outside of those businesses often don’t realize the store has been around that long and don’t even know where it is. However, its new owner, Jason ...

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Kay Sipes Named Chamber Director at WCEA

The Washington County Economic Alliance (WCEA) has announced the appointment of Kay Sipes as the new Chamber Director. Sipes is a Greenville native and comes to the WCEA with numerous years of chamber of commerce and economic development experience. She has mostly recently been serving as interim-Chamber Director with the WCEA since January. In her short time with the WCEA, ...

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Behold Washington investing $400K, adding 20 employees

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal PONTOTOC • Behold Washington is investing $400,000 and adding 20 jobs to its upholstered furniture manufacturing operations. “We continue to expand our footprint here in Pontotoc, and we don’t have any plans of slowing down,” said Behold Washington Vice President of Sales John Beard. “Pontotoc has an excellent workforce and has always been a great environment to ...

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Toyota Mississippi donates 10 cars to ICC’s automotive tech program

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal BLUE SPRINGS • Brad Crowder, who heads the automotive technology program at Itawamba Community College, was all smiles Wednesday. Toyota Mississippi donated 10 Corollas to ICC, which will use the vehicles for hands-on training. ICC also received seven cars in 2013. “The last cars we got were 2011 models, and we used them for various ...

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District at Eastover loft apartments bought by investment firm

By JACK WEATHERLY jack.weatherly@msbusiness.com About a year after the District Lofts apartments were completed, the 261-unit complex in Jackson’s District at Eastover was sold. The buyer, Passco Cos. LLC of Irvine, Calif., a private real estate investment firm, secured a $30.6 million loan from KeyBank, according to multifamilynews.com. But that is not the purchase price, said Breck Hines, a co-developer ...

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Colonial Highlands still awaits turning of dirt for apartments

By JACK WEATHERLY jack.weatherly@msbusiness.com Nearly three years ago, the city of Jackson approved a plan to redevelop the former 152-acre Colonial Country Club, but dirt has not been turned on the project. Arlington Properties of Birmingham said last August that it planned to build a 220-unit apartment complex on the property as the first phase of the mixed-use, traditional neighborhood ...

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Canine comfort: Macy’s Townhouse for Dogs is a first for Tupelo

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal TUPELO • The newest hotel in the area has gone to the dogs, literally. Macy’s Townhouse for Dogs is exactly what it sounds like – a place for canines to enjoy the comforts of home – a doggie hotel, if you will. It’s a 24-hour, staffed daycare and boarding located at Carnation and South ...

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New Albany’s VIP Seating filling theaters globally

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal Ten years ago, Steve Simons and a handful of others started VIP Cinema Seating with hopes that their idea of putting reclining seats in movie theaters would take off. “Nobody in 2008 was putting reclining seats in a movie theater,” said Simons, VIP’s former chief executive officer. “So we introduced this thing, one thing ...

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Workers protest Hattiesburg call center conditions, seek union

Workers of a Hattiesburg, Mississippi, business are calling for better wages and the creation of a union.WDAM-TV reports several Maximus workers protested outside the call center Thursday as corporate officials met inside the site. The organizing director of Communication Workers of America, Sedjerick Lee, says unionization could lead to better pay. The workers’ current baseline pay is $10.60 per hour. ...

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The Faulkner turns to back pages of family, downtown history

By JACK WEATHERLY As you might imagine, a great-nephew of William Faulkner has a story or two. Thomas W. “Buddy” Faulkner bought the five-story building at 518 Capitol St. in 1993 out of foreclosure. “I love old buildings, so it was a no-brainer,” said Faulkner, an architect who now lives in Chattanooga, but is a former resident of Jackson. He ...

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