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PineBelt Foundation gains esteem accreditation

The Greater PineBelt Community Foundation in Hattiesburg was recently accredited by the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations, the nation’s highest standard for philanthropic excellence. Community Foundations establishes legal, ethical, effective practices for community foundations everywhere. The program is designed to provide quality assurance to donors, as well as to their legal and financial advisors. The Greater PineBelt Community Foundation ...

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Developer of Madison mixed-use project mulls hotel, conference center

By TED CARTER Developers of a yet-to-be-announced mixed-use project in Madison County have agreed to consider adding a hotel and conference center to their plans. The Madison County Economic Development Authority and business leaders have been pursuing the hotel and conference center the past couple of years, after having originally raised the idea 13 years ago before concluding costs and projected ...

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First of the new hotels soon to open in Pass Christian

By LISA MONTI Hotel Whiskey in Pass Christian is running behind schedule but just by a couple of weeks. “Typical delays,” said owner Thomas Genin of the final touches. Opening now is set for the end of the month, when the 11-room boutique hotel in the city’s historic downtown welcomes its first guests. The staff spent the past week in training, ...

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Third phase of the Forum at Grandview nearing completion

By JACK WEATHERLY  Kirkland’s will open its second Jackson area store late this month, to be followed by the opening in December of three other tenants to complete the third phase of the Forum at Grandview in Madison. Those other tenants are Firehouse Subs, David’s Bridal and Moe’s Southwest Grill, according to Stacey Michael, spokeswoman for Chattanooga-based CBL & Associates ...

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Metro Jackson emerging as force in advanced manufacturing automotive category

By TED CARTER Jobs in the metro regions of Jackson and Nashville relating to the automotive industry grew faster than anywhere in the country the past two years, a Brookings Institution analysis of advanced manufacturing found. Metro Jackson’s strong growth in auto-related manufacturing was enough to place it third nationally for growth in overall advanced manufacturing, behind only San Francisco and ...

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MDEQ reissues discharge permit for Kemper plant

State officials are affirming a permit that allows Mississippi Power Co.’s Kemper County power plant to discharge water into a creek during high rainfall. The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality’s Permit Board voted unanimously Tuesday to reissue the permit with minor changes in how on-site sewage is treated and monitored. The vote comes after a Meridian man challenging the permit ...

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Grocery giants bring click-and-buy service to Jackson area

By JACK WEATHERLY Rival grocery giants Kroger and Walmart are rolling out online shopping programs in the Jackson area. The concept is designed to save time for shoppers just as the grocers battle to hold prices down for customers. For now, Kroger’s QuickList has next-day pickup, but soon it’ll be same-day, according to Marcus Hamilton, e-commerce field specialist. Hamilton declined ...

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Aluminum startup finds going rough in Louisiana, as it did in Mississippi

By JACK WEATHERLY  In February 2015, American Specialty Alloys, which was to build a $1.2 billion plant at Columbus and produce aluminum alloy for automobile bodies, pulled up stakes and decided to seek its fortunes in Louisiana. The startup, which never built the plant and was at odds with the Mississippi Development Authority and the Golden Triangle development agency, LINK, ...

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