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Good to the last drop: Coffee company provides funds for international, local missions

By DAVID PANNELL / Daily Journal FULTON • When he started My Brother’s Cup coffee company 10 years ago, Mike Pittman of Tupelo didn’t know beans about coffee. “I didn’t even drink coffee,” the 65-year-old Pittman said with a chuckle. “It was crazy; I didn’t have a clue.’ Now Pittman is a genuine java pro. He spends his days roasting, grinding, ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Ranking the professions

Each year the Gallup organization surveys Americans to determine how they feel about certain professions. The December 2018 survey revealed that nurses rated highest for honesty and ethics for 17th consecutive year. Members of Congress and telemarketers rated lowest. Below are the rankings for each profession. Respondents in the survey were asked the following question: Please tell me how you ...

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Company may soon bring scooters to Mississippi city

A new mode of transportation could soon be available in downtown Vicksburg The Board of Mayor and Aldermen on Monday approved discussions with San Antonio, Texas-based Blue Duck Express that could lead to a pilot program using scooters as alternative transportation downtown, The Vicksburg Post reported. Mayor George Flaggs Jr. said company representatives are expected in Vicksburg within the next few ...

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Hyperion expands Tupelo operations with assistance from city, state government

By TAYLOR VANCE / Daily Journal TUPELO • Hyperion Technology Group is set to move into its new location on Commerce Street within the next few weeks to expand its business operations. The move comes after a state agency officially approved a request for city leaders to borrow money to purchase the building the business will move into. The Tupelo City ...

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Georgia company revealed as new owner of Mississippi mall

Georgia-based Hull Property Group is the new owner of a Mississippi mall. The Commercial Dispatch reports an ownership deed for Leigh Mall was filed Friday in Lowndes County. Hull, until now unnamed, bid $3.5 million to win an Oct. 17 auction for the mall. Hull gets 300,000 square feet (28,000 sq. meters) of retail space and more than 30 acres (12 ...

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Christmas tree vendors try to keep up with demand

By: NATHAN GREGORY / MSU Extension Service TYLERTOWN • Mississippians pondering ideas for a side business could consider investing in land and planting stem cuttings of Leyland and Murray cypress trees. These two varieties, trees that can grow well in a humid climate, are popular choices for live Christmas trees in the state. Each year, Christmas tree growers struggle to ...

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Clay Short: Steady commercial development activity ongoing in Northeast Mississippi

By: DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal There is still steady development activity in the major, yet small, markets in Northeast Mississippi. Tupelo is getting a West Tupelo grocery store, we’re told, finally. The Community Development Foundation is pioneering The Hive, which is purported to be a “next generation” business park to which they are recruiting advanced tech firms, among others. ...

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Mississippi Aquarium will reach hearts and minds beginning in April

By LYNN LOFTON Occupying 5.8 acres in downtown Gulfport, the Mississippi Aquarium expects to open on April 30, 2020. All Mississippians can be proud of this new attraction that’s located on Highway 90 across from Jones Park and Gulfport Harbor. It will contain more than 80,000 square feet of exhibits connected by landscaped walkways with plants representing all the physiographic ...

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Zea Rotisserie to open in Renaissance

By JACK WEATHERLY Zea Rotisserie and Bar will be the first retailer to open in the second phase of the Renaissance at Colony Park. The restaurant will open Nov. 20 and will be the 10th in the New Orleans-based chain and the first in Mississippi. As the name suggests, the eatery will feature rotisserie-cooked meats, along with grilled ribs and roasted ...

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Natchez plant invests $3 million, adds 20 jobs

Great River Industries is expanding its operations in Natchez. The project is a $3 million corporate investment and will create 20 jobs. “Great River Industries’ prime location along the Mississippi River in Natchez allows the company unobstructed port access so its employees can quickly ship products to market, enabling the company to remain competitive in today’s demanding economy,” Gov. Phil ...

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