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BancorpSouth Arena officials present $15.2 million renovation project to city council

By TAYLOR VANCE / Daily Journal Officials overseeing the renovation of the BancorpSouth Arena project presented Tupelo City Council members with a final bid package of $15.2 million at a special called council work session on Thursday. Todd Hunt, the executive director of the arena, told council members the project has been a “long time coming” since work toward the renovation had ...

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Women-owned business report reveals data on Mississippi women-owned businesses

By DANNY McARTHUR / Daily Journal Owners Kim Caron of the Caron Gallery and Nicole Judon of the Peach Blossom Boutique LLC differ in years of experience. Caron opened her art gallery in 2010, while Judon opened her boutique in May and an online boutique in 2018. However, the two women have one thing in common: They are both part ...

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Mississippi Aquarium sets opening date in 2020

The Mississippi Aquarium is now set to open on April 30, 2020. The Sun Herald reports that the opening date for the Gulfport attraction was announced at the recent Splash Bash fundraiser for the aquarium. Aquarium supporters are aiming to raise $10 million so the aquarium can open debt-free. The aquarium will include a 360-degree tunnel where sharks, rays and ...

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MSU research & technology non-profit out to elevate innovation in Starkville’s downtown

By TED CARTER The move of tech data company Babel Street Inc. onto the third floor of Starkville’s Cadence Bank building marks the official start of a Mississippi State University non-profit corporation’s efforts to energize downtown technological innovation. Cadence, a regional bank formerly headquartered in Starkville, will remain in the first two floors of the 33,000 square-foot downtown landmark at ...

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Babel Street doubles size as it tags Starkville its ‘ideas’

By TED CARTER Nearly 50 years after Coca-Cola sought to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony, Starkville data tech company Babel Street Inc. is out to fulfill an equally ambitious goal. Babel Street wants to help the world make sense of the 2.5 quintillion bytes of data it produces each day and will employ all of the world’s ...

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Sanderson championship to strut its stuff as a free-range bird

By JACK WEATHERLY This week the Sanderson Farms Championship, whose trophy is in the form of a rooster, will strut its stuff as a full-fledged tournament on the PGA tour. The championship to be played again at the Country Club at Jackson will be able to compete for tour players for the first time without contending with another tournament, the ...

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$28.7 million plan for Greenville courthouse approved

By JACK WEATHERLY A plan for a new U.S. District Courthouse in Greenville has gotten approval from the federal General Services Administration. The $28.7 million, 55,000-square-foot project will be built on Washington Avenue in downtown, with construction to start in the spring and completion expected for the fall of 2022, said Jackson architect Roy Decker, whose firm, Duvall and Decker, ...

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Macon catfish processor plans $17 million expansion that will add 25 jobs

MBJ staff Superior Catfish is expanding its operations in Macon with a $17 million corporate investment that will create 25 jobs. Superior Catfish is constructing a 31,500-square-foot addition to its 31,000-square-foot facility to house two new full processing lines, which will accommodate an increase in demand. The company’s customers include Sysco, Performance Food Group, Merchants Foodservice and restaurant chain Penn’s. ...

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Scott Waller joins Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100

Scott Waller, IOM, President and CEO of the Mississippi Economic Council (MEC), has been selected to serve on the Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100 (CCC100) by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He is among 12 chamber executives from across the country to be added to the CCC100, which focuses on leadership, policy, and best practices by identifying emerging issues ...

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Entergy named a National Leader in economic development for 12th consecutive year

For 12 years running, Site Selection magazine has named Entergy Corporation as one of the nation’s top utilities in economic development. The award is due to the vital role Entergy plays in economic development efforts across Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. “This is a tremendous honor that speaks directly to our commitment to bring jobs and growth to our communities,” ...

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