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UPDATED: Sweetie Pie’s finally arrives, and is already gone

By JACK WEATHERLY Long time coming. Gone so soon? That is the story thus far in the saga of Sweetie Pie’s restaurant in Jackson. The soul-food eatery opened to a throng of people on Thursday. And it closed Friday morning. Why? Too much business is the stated reason. The chain started in St. Louis, expanded to Houston, flirted with Memphis ...

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Mother of abused boy sentenced to 30 years in prison

CANTON — A Mississippi mother has been sentenced in what a district attorney calls “one of the most horrible cases of child abuse I have ever seen.” News outlets report officials announced Thursday that 34-year-old Latasha Leonard was sentenced to 30 years in prison. A tip in 2017 led authorities to a Canton home where a 10-year-old boy was being ...

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Community improvement district supporters rally for legislation

By JACK WEATHERLY jack.weatherly@msbusiness.com Supporters of a bill that would have created community improvement districts in cities across Mississippi rallied at the state Capitol Tuesday to urge Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves to reconsider the measure. Senate Bill 3045 died in the Senate Finance Committee because it was not called up for a vote. Reeves, who is president of the Senate, ...

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Plans announced for 125-room Hilton hotel in Fondren

  By JACK WEATHERLY The Heritage Hospitality Group announced plans on Wednesday to build a 125-guestroom Hilton Homewood Suites Hotel in Fondren. The hotel will be built with the medical corridor in mind. Otherwise, it is geared toward multi-day business travelers and others, according to Chico Patel, chief executive of the Ridgeland-based group. The project will add “another piece to the Fondren ...

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Construction tour of downtown Jackson hotel shows shape of future

By JACK WEATHERLY Mike Burton loves to point out the subtleties of the Jackson Westin as he conducts a walking tour of the hotel under construction. Such as the walls of the ground-floor passage from the east-facing lobby that are on a slight angle for a few paces, then an inset and another angled wall and so on, till the ...

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Colonial Highlands manager breaks silence, says plan just taking longer

By JACK WEATHERLY It’s taken longer for the Colonial Highlands traditional neighborhood project to gain traction than anticipated, Bo Lockard said in an interview last week. Lockard, managing partner of Colonial Jackson LLC, sought to clear the air on the project in northeast Jackson expected to cost $250 million. In recent months, Lockard, other partners and local brokers had not ...

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House passes bill to help pay for Jackson infrastructure

The Mississippi House is advancing a bill that would spend an additional $20 million a year in state money for infrastructure improvements in central parts of Jackson. The House voted 99-22 Wednesday for House Bill 1226 to create a Capitol Complex Improvement District. The measure moves to the Senate for more debate. Senators are considering a different proposal, Senate Bill 2893 . A five-member ...

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(WATCH) MBJ BUSINESS SHOWCASE — In the swing of things: Sanderson Farms Championship 2016

Recently, we had a chance to talk with Steve Jent, tournament director for the Sanderson Farms Championship, to catch up on the details for this year’s event. The tournament this year will be held October 24-30, a bit earlier than last year. Some might remember that last year’s event was held in November, and was somewhat challenged by weather, although ...

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Burlington to open store on County Line in Jackson

By JACK WEATHERLY Burlington Stores will open a 50,000-square-foot store in County Line Plaza on Friday. It will fill a large hole in the retail lineup. “We’re thrilled to open a new Burlington in the Jackson community, bringing more jobs to the neighborhood and providing local residents with a valued shopping experience,” Chairman and Chief Executive Tom Kingsbury said in ...

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