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New Albany’s VIP Seating filling theaters globally

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal Ten years ago, Steve Simons and a handful of others started VIP Cinema Seating with hopes that their idea of putting reclining seats in movie theaters would take off. “Nobody in 2008 was putting reclining seats in a movie theater,” said Simons, VIP’s former chief executive officer. “So we introduced this thing, one thing ...

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Workers protest Hattiesburg call center conditions, seek union

Workers of a Hattiesburg, Mississippi, business are calling for better wages and the creation of a union.WDAM-TV reports several Maximus workers protested outside the call center Thursday as corporate officials met inside the site. The organizing director of Communication Workers of America, Sedjerick Lee, says unionization could lead to better pay. The workers’ current baseline pay is $10.60 per hour. ...

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The Faulkner turns to back pages of family, downtown history

By JACK WEATHERLY As you might imagine, a great-nephew of William Faulkner has a story or two. Thomas W. “Buddy” Faulkner bought the five-story building at 518 Capitol St. in 1993 out of foreclosure. “I love old buildings, so it was a no-brainer,” said Faulkner, an architect who now lives in Chattanooga, but is a former resident of Jackson. He ...

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Butsch named marketing & communications director

The Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce, Inc. has announced the promotion of Ashley Butsch to Marketing & Communications Director. In this role, she will oversee marketing and communications for the seven Chamber divisions. She has served as Programming Coordinator for almost two years, coordinating all events falling under the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce’s program of work. Butsch ...

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Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber announces 2019 One Coast Award recipients

The Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Hancock Chamber of Commerce, Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce, and Jackson County Chamber of Commerce recently announced recipients of the 2019 One Coast Awards. Community Leader: Brenda Simkins, Brenda H. Simkins State Farm Agency John “Shorty” Sneed, Self Employed – Independent Insurance Consultant Paul Maxwell, Hancock Whitney Bank Lt. ...

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MEC announces Future Leadership and elected officers

Mississippi Economic Council (MEC) has announced its future leadership and the elected officers include the following: · William A. “Lex” Taylor III, President and Chairman of the Board of The Taylor Group of Companies, Inc., as MEC’s 2019-2020 Chair. · Anthony L. Wilson, President and CEO of Mississippi Power, as MEC’s 2020-2021 Chair. · Augustus L. (Leon) Collins, Chief Executive ...

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Former aluminum plant exec jailed in Louisiana, awaits bond hearing

By JACK WEATHERLY Roger Boggs, chief executive of American Specialty Alloys, which was to build a $1.2 billion plant in Columbus to produce aluminum for automobile bodies, pulled up stakes in October 2015 and decided to seek his fortunes in Louisiana. At the time, the manufacturer was at odds with the Mississippi Development Authority and the Golden Triangle development agency, ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — So you want to be economic developer?

So you want to be economic developer. Can’t say as I blame you. It’s a rewarding profession that provides self-satisfaction and can have a positive impact on a community. It’s also a stable occupation. In my many years as an economic developer, I’ve noticed very little turnover. In this letter, I’ll offer some observations and comments that you may find ...

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New Albany’s VIP Seating filling theaters globally

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal A veteran of the furniture industry, Steve Simons and a handful of others started VIP Cinema Seating with hopes that their idea of putting reclining seats in movie theaters would take off. “Nobody in 2008 was putting reclining seats in a movie theater,” said the VIP chief executive officer. “So we introduced this thing, ...

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