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ICE raids raise question: What about the employers?

The images of children crying after their parents were arrested in a massive immigration raid in Mississippi revived a longstanding complaint: Unauthorized workers are jailed or deported, while the managers and business owners who profit from their labor often go unprosecuted. Under President Donald Trump, the number of business owners and managers who face criminal charges for employing unauthorized workers ...

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UPDATE — Mississippi gets high grade on manufacturing strength but seen weak on advanced industries

Findings detailed in Ball State manufacturing scorecard By TED CARTER Mississippi has joined a short list of states that Ball State University’s Manufacturing Annual Scorecard rated as tops nationally for the health of their manufacturing sectors. But the leading academic author of the Scorecard said Mississippi must improve the quality of its healthcare and schools to grab a larger share ...

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Plaza owner: didn’t pull plug on ‘Sweetie Pie’s’; Estes had no role

By JACK WEATHERLY “Absolutely 100 percent false.” That was the response from the owner and manager of the Plaza Building to a statement by Tim Norman, who had just opened the latest restaurant in the “Sweetie Pie’s” chain – only to be told by building management that the crowd was creating a problem for those trying to enter the 12-story ...

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Nike to open new distribution center in Mississippi

HOLLY SPRINGS — Sports apparel company Nike has announced plans to bring a new distribution center to northern Mississippi. The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports the facility is expected to open in Marshall County in spring 2020. The location will be about 10 miles (16 kilometers) south of Collierville, Tennessee. The center is expected to create 250 logistics and supply chain ...

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RICK GILBRECH — Stennis to play key role as NASA moves ‘Forward to the Moon’

On July 20, we recognized a pivotal moment in my life, the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission that landed the first humans on the Moon. It is one of the most extraordinary feats of humankind, an embodiment of ingenuity and desire for exploration. As a child of the Apollo generation, I know firsthand the excitement of the nation ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Beware of scam artists promising jobs for your community

The subject of economic development incentives is receiving lots of publicity these days. The Amazon relocation debacle revealed what can happen when the entire community is not on board with major business recruitment. When incentives are properly used, the community wins and the company receiving the incentives wins. However, because some communities are so desperate for jobs they are easy ...

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Lobaki closes financing through North Mississippi Angel Fund

Lobaki, Inc., the Jackson-based virtual-reality firm, has closed the first tranche of a $2 million round of financing led by the North Mississippi Angel Fund. “We met with the North Mississippi Angel Fund in Columbus and had a really good experience with them. All the members are very experienced and successful in their own businesses and are just the type ...

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Coppage named Executive Director at Washington County Economic Alliance

The Washington County Economic Alliance (WCEA) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the promotion of Will Coppage to Executive Director. In his new role, he will spearhead industrial attraction; retention and expansion of existing industry; workforce training and development; and Chamber-based initiatives centered on small business. Coppage, a Greenville native, replaces Cary Karlson who is retiring from the WCEA ...

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True Temper Sports rebrands, unifies as TRUE Sports, Inc.

For the Monroe Journal AMORY – True Temper Sports, a sporting goods manufacturer with a legacy of over 100 years of providing premium performance equipment to professional and amateur athletes alike, is unifying its breadth of products under one name, TRUE Sports. True Temper built its reputation by manufacturing elite golf shafts used by top professional golfers around the world, ...

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Union County has big plans for industrial park development

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal NEW ALBANY • In an effort to recruit additional business and industry to Union County, city and county leaders, with the help of a private investment group, are building a 100,000-square-foot spec building in the Martintown South Industrial Park. The county, which has the third-lowest unemployment rate in the state at 3.8 percent, has ...

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