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Deal reached and Hall votes for Reunion Parkway interchange

In several conversations with the Mississippi Business Journal the last couple of weeks, Madison County Board of Supervisors President Tim Johnson has said repeatedly that Dick Hall would be a hero in Madison County if Hall were to give his blessing to the Reunion Parkway interchange. Based on Johnson’s theory, a statue of Hall might soon be erected. Hall, the ...

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Secrets of success? Late nights, a lot of weekends

Holmes Specialty Advertising (HSA) got off the ground in 2003, and has soared ever since. Owned by brothers Derek and Jaret Holmes, the Clinton-based promotional products business has experienced exponential growth the last five years. “We’re 35% ahead of where we were this time last year,” Derek Holmes says, adding that the company has doubled every year since 2003. Those ...

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Metropolitan — new bank, familiar Mississippi names and faces

There is a new player in the banking industry in Mississippi, though some of the names may be quite familiar to many, especially those who banked or worked with Union Planters and Regions banks in the past. On March 3, Metropolitan BancGroup Inc., based in Memphis, announced it had completed its acquisition of Bancsouth Financial Corporation and its subsidiary, Bank ...

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‘Customer service has really taken off,’ airport director says

Growing by leaps and bounds could well describe the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport (GBIA). The bustling facility, located just east of U.S. 49 in Gulfport, was in expansion mode prior to Hurricane Katrina’s untimely interruption. Construction continued after the storm, and even as the new expansion was recently unveiled, plans are being developed for more expansion. “We’ve had huge growth in ...

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Mississippi trails rest of U.S. in heart attack/stroke decline

While the country overall has seen a nearly 25% decline in deaths from heart attacks and strokes since 1999, Mississippi hasn’t fared as well as the national average. “We lag behind the national rates by a good bit,” says Dr. Daniel Jones, national president of American Heart Association (AHA) and vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the School ...

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Energy, education take center stage during session

With the deadline for bills in both houses of the Mississippi Legislature to receive a vote come and gone, legislators now go about the business of considering those measures still alive and either passing them out to the floor for debate or killing them in committee. Approximately 300 bills survived the February 28 day of reckoning. Two that carry significant ...

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Downtown Jackson campaign goes high tech with 3-D presentation

A variety of methods — tried and true, as well as cutting edge — are being utilized to tell the positive story of downtown Jackson. Downtown Jackson Partners is leading the charge with an aggressive campaign that has president Ben Allen speaking on the luncheon circuit several times a week, launching a slick new magazine and planning a high-tech marketing ...

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