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Ryan Peets joins MBJ sales team

By JACK WEATHERLY Ryan Peets has joined the Mississippi Business Journal as a sales representative. A graduate of Jackson Prep and Ole Miss, Peets has been involved in sales and marketing in Austin, Texas and Jackson. Peet’s assignment will be to develop new accounts for the Journal. “We are delighted to have filled our open account executive position with Ryan,” ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — The strangest eminent domain case ever

There is an intriguing eminent domain case going on in south Mississippi. It involves a popular, well-known local eatery, the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT), the local county government and a 100-foot strip of land alongside a highway. The real estate issue is property value, but that is only the beginning. Let’s begin with a brief, but incomplete factual timeline ...

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Regulators delay vote on Mississippi Power coal ash plan

Mississippi utility regulators aren’t quite ready to vote on an $82 million plan for Mississippi Power Co. to close coal ash disposal areas in Gulfport. The Public Service Commission Tuesday delayed action on the plan until at least Dec. 15, questioning whether rules might change under incoming President Donald Trump. Mississippi Power, a unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co., says it’s ...

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’60 Minutes’ effect: showers of positive news on Golden Triangle

By JACK WEATHERLY Mississippi got the nation’s attention Sunday night – and it was all positive. CBS’ “60 Minutes” focused on the economic strides of the Golden Triangle, whose points are Starkville, Columbus and West Point. And it revolved around Joe Max Higgins, the colorful chief executive of LINK, the economic development agency for the area. Higgins said on Monday he was surprised ...

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Tupelo’s Green Street business district remembered

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal TUPELO – Just a few yards away where Theodore “Ted” Debro Jr. spoke Wednesday was once Debro’s Cafe, a popular spot for Tupelo’s African-American community. The cafe, which was opened by Debro’s father, was an integral part of the Green Street business district that served as the hub of the black community in the early ...

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Miss. gets $33M in federal funds for emergency operations

A federal grant totaling $33 million is coming to Mississippi to be used to beef up coordination among emergency responders statewide. Vicki Helfrich, executive director of the Mississippi Wireless Communications Commission, tells The Clarion-Ledger the money will be used to create and upgrade technology that will allow first responders in the state to view and share data. Helfrich says the ...

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Cleveland hotel goes ‘grand’ after Trump visit

By JACK WEATHERLY  Suresh Chawla was already thinking bigger. But when then Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump personally encouraged him to ‘think grand” that did it. And so the Lyric Hotel and Spa has grown to become the West End District. The Cleveland project was initially expected to cost about $8 million but it will now be $15 million, Chawla ...

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