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Spaceship-style university cafeteria reopens after overhaul

Delta State University students are once again eating in their flying saucer. The university has marked the reopening of the Young-Mauldin Cafeteria after a $9.2 million renovation. The 1964 building is a landmark on the Cleveland campus, with its rounded exterior and silver-domed roof. But university officials say it had gotten outdated. The university started a renovation in 2017, with ...

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Key Constructors promotes Smith to VP

Stephen L. Smith, PE, was recently promoted to vice president of procurement for Key Constructors LLC in Madison. Smith has worked for Key Constructors since 2003 as a professional engineer and lead estimator. As Vice President of Procurement, Smith manages supplier and vendor contracts, acquisitions, and bid proposals. Key is an engineer-based construction company that utilizes innovative construction methods for ...

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BRIAN ESTES — Why high net-worth individuals should allocate to commercial real estate

High net-worth individual investors are currently faced with a dilemma on allocating their portfolio between stocks, bonds and alternative investments, including commercial real estate. The stock market has roared back over the past several years with double-digit returns for most investments based on several economic factors, including confidence that President Trump’s tax policies will be advantageous to investors. However, there ...

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Wofford joins new Cushman & Wakefield office

Tracy Wofford, MAI, AI-GRS has been selected to direct the new office of global real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield in Madison. She has experience in the appraisal of retail, industrial, and office assets. Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield, she was the Managing member of Wofford Consulting, LLC.

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Holman awarded Commercial Realtor of the Year

During the annual Mississippi Realtors Convention held in Point Clear, Ala., Mississippi Commercial Association of Realtors’ Philip Holman of The Mattiace Company was honored by the Association’s Local Board as their Commercial Realtor of the Year. Local Board Realtor of the Year is awarded annually to the Realtor recognized for their outstanding contribution to their Local Board through involvement, service, ...

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Mississippi Association of Realtors names honorees for 2018

Hattiesburg Realtor Adam Watkins was awarded the President’s Award and recognized as the Realtor of the Year during the annual Realtors Convention in Point Clear, Ala. Watkins is now the active Mississippi Realtors president for 2019. Among others honored were: Cleveland Realtor Libbi Logan was awarded the Mississippi Realtors Under 40 Award. Established in 2013 to honor outstanding young Realtors. ...

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Ridgeland defends Costco gas station site approval

By JACK WEATHERLY The city of Ridgeland has denied major points in a court filing against its June 19 approval of a site for a gas station across Highland Colony Parkway from a 45-acre site that would include a proposed Costco Wholesale store. The case in Madison County Circuit Court comes after opponents of the so-called third phase of the ...

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U.S. HVAC hit hard by worker shortage

By TED CARTER Perhaps there’s no happier sight for a Mississippian with a broken air conditioner in July or kaput heating system in January than the arrival of an HVAC professional. So why does the heating, ventilation and air conditioning industry suffer from low self-esteem and difficulties attracting new workers? Call it the “left behind” skill set, says Erin McCollum, ...

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Copiah-Lincoln Community College sees steady enrollment in HVAC

By TED CARTER Eighteen schools in Mississippi are giving assistance to a U.S. heating, ventilation and air conditioning industry starved for new workers. The schools, most of which are community colleges, offer programs designed to address a skills gap that could stall commercial and residential construction in Mississippi if not filled. At the Wesson campus of Copiah-Lincoln Community College, 20 ...

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