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Plaza owner: didn’t pull plug on ‘Sweetie Pie’s’; Estes had no role

By JACK WEATHERLY “Absolutely 100 percent false.” That was the response from the owner and manager of the Plaza Building to a statement by Tim Norman, who had just opened the latest restaurant in the “Sweetie Pie’s” chain – only to be told by building management that the crowd was creating a problem for those trying to enter the 12-story ...

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Nike to open new distribution center in Mississippi

HOLLY SPRINGS — Sports apparel company Nike has announced plans to bring a new distribution center to northern Mississippi. The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports the facility is expected to open in Marshall County in spring 2020. The location will be about 10 miles (16 kilometers) south of Collierville, Tennessee. The center is expected to create 250 logistics and supply chain ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Beware of scam artists promising jobs for your community

The subject of economic development incentives is receiving lots of publicity these days. The Amazon relocation debacle revealed what can happen when the entire community is not on board with major business recruitment. When incentives are properly used, the community wins and the company receiving the incentives wins. However, because some communities are so desperate for jobs they are easy ...

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Union County has big plans for industrial park development

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal NEW ALBANY • In an effort to recruit additional business and industry to Union County, city and county leaders, with the help of a private investment group, are building a 100,000-square-foot spec building in the Martintown South Industrial Park. The county, which has the third-lowest unemployment rate in the state at 3.8 percent, has ...

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CBL Properties completes sale of The Forum at Grandview in Madison for $31.75 million

CBL Properties on Tuesday announced that it has closed on the sale of The Forum at Grandview, a 216,000-square-foot shopping center in Madison. The center was sold to Hendon Properties for $31.75 million, all cash. Proceeds from the sale were used to reduce outstanding balances on the Company’s line of credit. “The sale of The Forum at Grandview is an ...

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Lighting company to open Mississippi facility, hiring 20

A lighting company is opening a distribution center in the Mississippi Delta, investing $1 million and hiring 20. Parmida LED Technologies announced Tuesday that it would open a facility in Indianola. Mississippi Development Authority spokeswoman Tammy Craft says the state will direct $400,000 in federal community development money for renovations and infrastructure. The state is loaning $1.5 million to Sunflower ...

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Board approves air pollution permit for wood pellet plant

Mississippi environmental regulators have approved an air pollution permit for what could be the largest wood pellet plant in the world, despite objections from environmental groups that the plant would emit too much pollution and have other harmful effects. The state Environmental Quality Permit Board voted unanimously to issue a permit Tuesday for Enviva Partners LP’s $140 million plant in ...

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Board approves air pollution permit for wood pellet plant

Mississippi environmental regulators have approved an air pollution permit for what could be the largest wood pellet plant in the world. The Clarion Ledger reports the state Environmental Quality Permit Board voted unanimously to issue a permit Tuesday for Enviva LP’s plant in Lucedale. Environmental groups have voiced concerns about dust and other emissions from the $140 million plant. But ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — So you want to be economic developer?

So you want to be economic developer. Can’t say as I blame you. It’s a rewarding profession that provides self-satisfaction and can have a positive impact on a community. It’s also a stable occupation. In my many years as an economic developer, I’ve noticed very little turnover. In this letter, I’ll offer some observations and comments that you may find ...

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