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Mississippi Main Street honors Pascagoula’s Davis

The work of Rebecca Davis in helping Pascagoula gain new life after the destruction of Katrina won her Mississippi Main Street Association’s Charles O. Beasley Scholarship Award, an annual honor that goes to a Main Street manager who has shown outstanding service to the community and program. Davis received the award at the Mississippi Main Street Association’s 2011 Annual Awards ...

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Helping Pascagoula rebound nets Rebecca Davis Mississippi Main Street Beasley Scholarship

The work of Rebecca Davis in helping Pascagoula gain new life after the destruction of Katrina won her Mississippi Main Street Association’s Charles O. Beasley Scholarship Award, an annual honor that goes to a Main Street manager who has shown outstanding service to the community and program. Davis received the award at the Mississippi Main Street Association’s 2011 Annual Awards ...

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Downtown Jackson Partners' re-up vote

By Amy McCullough Prior to the creation of Downtown Jackson Partners (DJP) in 1996, the center of Mississippi’s capitol city averaged 458 crime incidents annually, the streets were littered, Smith Park was unusable and downtown was an 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. office park. Now the area boasts 309 occupied apartments, a revitalized King Edward Hotel, a business incubator, an ...

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'18-year overnight success story'

In 1993, a small business opened in Madison with little fanfare. With a single employee and one product housed in a tiny, 1,800-square-foot facility, even the company’s founder and CEO did not envision that company, Cypress Pharmaceutical Inc., would one day employ more than 100 workers in a sprawling, 60,000-plus-square-foot complex in Gluckstadt and have product in every pharmacy in ...

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Death on the half-shell: Flood could kill 90 percent of state's oysters

Another major disaster is facing Mississippi, and this one could totally wipe out Mississippi’s oysters. If that happens it could be months — perhaps years — before another oyster is harvested in Mississippi waters. The historic Mississippi River flood has dumped so much freshwater into the Mississippi Sound that scientists are concerned that there will be no harvest season this year. ...

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Ordinance would set stage for truck-side cuisine in Jackson

City Councilman Quentin Whitwell has cooked up an idea he thinks will add to Jackson’s “coolness” quotient and give an economic boost to boot. Whitwell, the Ward 1 rep who took office after a special election earlier this year, wants to see food trucks flood the city to offer passersby cooked-on-the-spot cuisine. The food trucks affectionately known for decades as ...

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Fondness for creative, diverse foods fuels mobile vendor craze

California gave us McDonald’s more than five decades ago. Now that our tastes have matured way past quick-serve burgers on a sesame seed bun, the Golden State is exposing us to cuisines of all cultures – from a roadside truck. The food truck trend started in Los Angeles and has spread to the East Coast and points in between since ...

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Hotel execs mixed on seeing success for convention hotel

Now city must decide whether a hotel represents a significant financial exposure or a significant opportunity Jackson’s convention hotel conundrum started the day crews went to work readying property on the south side of Pascagoula Street for construction of the Convention Center Complex. Once that work started in earnest, Jackson’s elected officials committed themselves to someday having to make a difficult decision: ...

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