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Insulated concrete form plant opening in Lumberton soon

An insulated concrete form plant is opening in Lumberton that may greatly improve how South Mississippi buildings withstand hurricanes. On July 9, Mississippi Greenbuilt Corporation will begin production of polystyrene form blocks that are filled with concrete before used in construction. Plant owner Hensley Lee and Lumberton Mayor Aaron Lott are working together to open the facility. Lee has worked ...

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Business wants to grow ‘greener’ lawns organically

For those individuals interested in doing their part to reduce their carbon footprint, Fred “Max” Maxwell has a new company in Jackson offering a product that can help do just that, and without having to leave home. The veteran turf man’s new company, Nature’s Remedy, is up and running, and Maxwell is now looking to get the word out that ...

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Grate Grills & More turning into an outdoor cooking destination

Grate Grills & More is growing in popularity with residents and visitors to the Coast. The store’s motto is “Isn’t life grate?” and owners Mike and George Rogers want their store to grow even more. “We’ve made ourselves into a destination,” George said. “People come here to gamble or do other things and come by our store.” The store, located ...

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Sterling Fitness Equipment adding more muscle

Sterling Fitness Equipment founders Michael and Ruth House were shocked at the turnout for the groundbreaking of their new facility in the Bolton Industrial Park. They expected a few well-wishers. Instead, a small crowd of local public officials and community leaders gathered to congratulate the couple on their new venture. Since the Houses established the exercise equipment manufacturing company nearly ...

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Cellular South sees future with wallets without wires

The ubiquitous cell phone — now there’s another reason for not leaving home without it. In the near future Cellular South, the nation’s largest privately held wireless provider, hopes consumers will need nothing but their cell phone and driver’s license when away from home. That’s because of WirelessWallet, their latest advance in mobile commerce. WirelessWallet service is a new technology ...

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FGH histologist teams with USM prof for better fingerprints

Making better impressions has led to business entrepreneurship for Kimberly Wright, who heads Forrest General Hospital’s histotechnology laboratory. A good idea that grew out of her work experience and research has blossomed into not just a patent, but a business called KDL Solutions (www.kdlsolutions.biz) to market products that enhance fingerprint identification. A histologist prepares slides of human tissue removed from ...

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Booksellers recommend titles for fun summer reading season

The summer book selling season is here when readers may change their reading habits somewhat to accommodate a more relaxed schedule. Mississippi’s independent bookstores are ready with whatever reading material customers want. Mary Warner, events coordinator for Square Books in Oxford, said people are more inclined to read more in the summer or maybe read something they wouldn’t read at ...

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Pesky problems plague summer travelers

Just when Mississippi business travelers were getting conditioned to terrorist threats, long security lines, flight delays, lost luggage, soaring airfares and other summertime traveling frustrations, along comes a TB-infected traveler — a fellow Southerner — who threatened to bring the airline industry to its knees. During Memorial Day week, the traditional kick-off for summer travel, U.S. health officials issued a ...

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Tamales, gaming and music make Delta ‘unforgettable’

When USA Today unveiled its 15 Unforgettable Summer Vacations for 2007 in the Memorial Day weekend coverage, some folks were surprised to see the Mississippi Delta prominently featured in the special section. But not Craig Ray. “Not at all,” said Ray, state tourism director. “Between the nightlife in Tunica and the juke joints in Clarksdale, Greenwood and other towns, the ...

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