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Ex-mayor accused of theft stops seeking job in nearby city

A disgraced former mayor withdrew his application Wednesday to work as a city planner in a neighboring north Mississippi city. Former Southaven Mayor Greg Davis announced he was no longer seeking the position in neighboring Horn Lake after that city’s aldermen on Tuesday postponed a decision on hiring him. In a statement posted on his Facebook page, Davis says his ...

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REAL JOBS, VIRTUALLY — Academy introduces students to possibilities in fast-growing industry

By BECKY GILLETTE There are industry forecasts that the Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) industry will grow from what was a $16 billion industry in 2016 to a $100-plus billion industry by 2021. The VR Academy based in Clarksdale has been created to provide young people in Mississippi both access and opportunity to the growing industry of VR ...

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Lee County moves to acquire property for new business park

By CALEB BEDILLION / Daily Journal    TUPELO – The Lee County Board of Supervisors has agreed to spend a little more than $3 million to purchase land for a new industrial park called the Hive. Under a proposal approved by supervisors Monday morning, the county will acquire nearly 500 acres, which comprises half of a potentially 1,000 acre site ...

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Waterton development to add $400 million ‘new urban’ community to Flowood

By JACK WEATHERLY Flowood will get a “traditional Southern town” dropped into its midst when the $400 million, 240-acre Waterton is built. Southern Lifestyle Development of Lafayette, La., will commence work on the 50-acre first phase (not including a 20-acre lake), in the summer, according to Kevin Blanchard, chief operating officer. Completion of that phase, with about 150 homes of ...

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East and West (Capitol) move toward meeting in middle

By JACK WEATHERLY By the time this is published, all 31 apartments in the Capitol Art Lofts may well have been taken. The first unit was leased in November, and most of the rest have gone since then. As of Tuesday only two were available. The lofts attracted more than 300 inquiries and 100-plus actual applications, according to Nicole Lockhart, ...

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CHEERS — MSU incubates innovative student businesses at CEO

By BECKY GILLETTE Even though there are about 20,000 students at Mississippi State University, it is common for students to leave the area after graduating in search of greener pastures. “They often leave the state,” said Jeffrey B. Rupp, MSU director of outreach in the College of Business. “So, there is a gap in the post-college age group from between ...

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