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Shearwater Pottery reopening marks significant comeback

Shearwater Pottery, which has been not just a hallmark business and tourist attraction since 1928 but central to the identity of Ocean Springs, is back home. In March, the landmark had a grand re-opening of its showroom that drew large crowds on a beautiful spring morning. Hurricane Katrina devastated the Shearwater compound located across from the Ocean Springs Harbor that ...

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Busy, busy days at Summerhouse for Lisa Palmer

She’s an interior designer by day, jazz singer by night. And in between, Lisa Palmer fits in being a business owner, wife, mother and she sings in the choir at her synagogue. A woman with boundless energy and enthusiasm, Palmer puts all she’s got into everything she does, and the results are impressive. When her family moved to Jackson in ...

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Magnolia State stocks: wilting numbers, bright blooms

When gauging the health of publicly traded companies in Mississippi, it is clear the state is missing the glitz and glamour from the days when WorldCom was one of the hottest stocks in the market. “We don’t have very many public companies any more,” said Nancy Lottridge Anderson, CFA, president of Ridgeland-based New Perspectives Inc. and a contributing columnist for ...

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How will Toyota affect existing plants in region?

Toyota’s decision to locate an assembly plant in North Mississippi will have an effect on existing manufacturers there. Exactly how it will affect them remains to be seen. One of the closest plants to the Toyota site at Blue Springs along U.S. 78 is EPI LLC, a plastics firm in Sherman. That plant is approximately four miles from where more ...

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Anticipating tourism incentives

Supporters of a newly-passed tourism incentives bill say the legislation will bring big bucks and more visitors to the state. A $6.35-billion industry that accounts for 90,000 jobs, tourism is one of the state’s fastest growing industries and one that is clean and positive. Those numbers are expected to grow with new incentives to bring large, new projects here. The ...

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Small airports, aviation businesses fighting FAA proposal

If it becomes law, the Federal Aviation Agency’s reauthorization proposal will negatively impact Mississippi airports like the John Bell Williams Airport (JBW) in Raymond and related small businesses. Concerns about the proposal led Hinds Community College president Clyde Muse and aviation business owners to meet with news media at the college’s Eagle Ridge Conference Center in late March. “It would ...

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Foundation brings free high-speed access to town’s homes, businesses

You can’t beat free. That’s the cost of wireless high-speed Internet service coming to Amory. As the Monroe County city ramps up its AmoryNet service, every home and business in town will be eligible for absolutely free high-speed Internet service. The first locations are expected to be live in mid-April. The project should be substantially complete by 2009. “This is ...

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Growers anticipate post-Sara Lee future

Sugar-cured ham has served as a tasty centerpiece on many a Magnolia State dinner table. Millions of Mississippi breakfasts have been made better by sizzling bacon. Many of the pigs supplying those meals are themselves supplied by Mississippi hog farmers who sold their livestock to Sara Lee Corporation’s facility, founded as Bryan Bros. in West Point in the early 20th ...

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