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Hancock County communities designated as Opportunity Zones

Two communities in Hancock County are among 100 Mississippi communities designated by the U.S. Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service as Qualified Opportunity Zones.  The designations are designed to spur economic growth by encouraging long-term investments in low-income and rural communities through Qualified Opportunity Funds. Private investors can earn tax relief through investments made in an Opportunity Zone, ...

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Contour to add more seats starting May 1

TUPELO – Passengers flying between Tupelo and Nashville will soon have more company on the planes. Starting May 1, Contour’s twin-engine Jetstream aircraft will be back to their original configuration of 19 seats. Since April of 2016, the planes have only had nine seats. But with nearly 10,000 boardings last year and a clear demand for more seats, Contour proposed ...

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TODD SMITH — Facebook finally responded to Cambridge Analytica crisis

The media, communications pros, lawmakers and investors – along with the rest of the world – continuously asked: where is Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in the wake of the spiraling Cambridge Analytica private data crisis. Zuckerberg and Facebook faced significant media criticism for not addressing reports that Cambridge Analytica obtained the private data of tens of millions of the platform’s ...

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Brad McKnight and Tony Oberhausen join Terracon

Terracon Consultants, Inc., recently added two project managers to its Ridgeland office. Brad McKnight has joined Terracon’s environmental staff as an industrial hygienist, and Tony Oberhausen has transferred from Terracon’s Louisville, Ky., office as a senior project manager for materials testing services. McKnight is a Certified Environmental Scientist with more than 26 years of consulting experience. He serves clients from ...

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Coast lawmaker named Mississippi House Education chairman

A Gulf Coast lawmaker is the new leader of the Mississippi House Education Committee. Republican Richard Bennett of Long Beach was named chairman Friday by House Speaker Philip Gunn. Bennett succeeds Republican John Moore of Brandon, who resigned in December facing sexual harassment claims. Republican Casey Eure of Saucier replaces Guice as Gaming Committee chairman. Republican Timmy Ladner of Poplarville ...

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Memphis area awaits outcome of Amazon headquarters ‘sweepstakes’

By JACK WEATHERLY Memphis is part of the stampede of U.S. cities bidding for Amazon’s second headquarters with 50,000 potentially jobs and $5 billion in corporate investment. Some counties across the Mississippi line stand to benefit from the promised gargantuan development. Those counties help the city meet one requirement of the giant online retailer, that of having a population of ...

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Tupelo stays with Contour for commercial air service

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal Contour Airlines will continue to provide air service for the All-America City after the Tupelo Airport Authority voted 4-1 today to stick with the company. The lone dissenter was board chairman Larry Decker, who wanted more time to look at the proposals by Contour and Boutique Air. And in an expected move, the affirmative ...

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