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Singletary allows release of Renaissance records

A commercial developer and The Clarion-Ledger have reached an agreement on the newspaper’s request for public records about state tax rebates. The Clarion-Ledger reports (http://on.thec-l.com/1MWuaMR ) that its attorney and an attorney for Andrew Mattiace appeared Tuesday before Hinds County Chancery Judge William Singletary. They said they had agreed on what information in the documents would be considered proprietary and ...

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“Chicken Soup for the Soul” to film in Mississippi

RIDGELAND — “Chicken Soup for the Soul” is coming to the small screen. Mark Victor Hansen, co-author of the motivational book, tells WAPT-TV he plans to shoot the series in Mississippi. The book takes a look at dozens of inspiring stories from everyday people. Hansen spent Monday morning motivating students at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School. Hansen says Mississippi is the ...

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$1.34 million expansion will create 40 jobs

  MBJ staff Foamcraft Inc., manufacturer of polyurethane foam insulation products, announced Wednesday a $1.34 million expansion of it operations in Tupelo that will create 40 jobs. Foamcraft will expand into the 115,000-square-foot facility formerly occupied by Fibre Craft. Foamcraft will also continue to operate from its adjacent 75,000-square-foot plant. Mississippi Development Authority provided a $30,000 grant toward modification of ...

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Shift to fiscal hardliners makes road rough for new transportation money

By TED CARTER Mississippi’s business leaders may have waited too long – or perhaps not long enough – in targeting winter 2016 for a legislative showdown on how Mississippi pays for upkeep of its roads, bridges and other infrastructure. Today, any comprehensive transportation package that includes new funding is up against a 2016 legislative class with a sizable number of members ...

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Nurse turns entrepreneur with Marina Cottage Soap Co.

By LISA MONTI Vanessa Mueller can still remember how her young daughter suffered from eczema and how frustrated she was with the limited treatment options. “As a mom, I felt helpless,” she said. “We tried creams and lotions to get some relief, but nothing was working.” So Mueller, a registered nurse, decided to use her training and experience to develop soaps ...

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ALAN TURNER — Madison County a vision for growth

It’s really great to be back in Mississippi.  I had forgotten how many good friends I have in this state,” Dr. Lance Nail told us recently at the 2015 Vision Celebration, sponsored by the Madison County Business League & Foundation and the Madison County Economic Development Authority. Lance was the keynote speaker at the event, which was held at the ...

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MDA names temporary replacements to key positions

MBJ staff In the wake of two departures this week, Mississippi Development Authority Executive Director Glenn McCullough, Jr., has named two members of the agency as temporary replacements. Daron Wilson is the interim director of Visit Mississippi, and Jeff Rent has taken the role of interim chief marketing officer. Wilson replaces restaurateur Mal White, who held the position since 2012, ...

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