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Mississippi Ag Museum continues recovery from 2014 fire

A new exhibit barn has opened at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum, years after a fire damaged some buildings. The state agriculture commissioner, Andy Gipson, opened the barn and a maintenance shop Friday at the museum in Jackson. The barn has more than 5,000 square feet (465 square meters) of heavy timber construction exhibit space. Ten antique tractors and ...

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Jackson may sue Siemens over water issues

The city of Jackson, Mississippi, may sue Siemens over water issues.Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba tells WJTV-TV that the City Council has hired a Birmingham, Alabama-based law firm to review a $91 million contract the city entered with Siemens in 2012. The city says Siemens didn’t fulfill the contract in which the company promised to upgrade Jackson water meters and overhaul ...

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Coast sees rising visits as it rebrands region as a ‘secret’ to discover

By TED CARTER Hey, look down here. We’re the Mississippi coast. Coastal Mississippi’s visitor and convention bureau officials have revamped their promotion efforts to recognize a shortcoming they say has become far too clear: Too few potential visitors know about the Magnolia State’s 62 miles of white sand shoreline. Coastal competitors don’t seem to share the same obscurity, says Coastal ...

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Foundation gives Jackson $1.2M to aid prekindergarten

A foundation is giving the city of Jackson $1.2 million to study and improve prekindergarten programs. The Clarion Ledger reports Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba on Monday announced the grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Lumumba wants to eventually offer prekindergarten to all Jackson children. Chief Administrative Officer Robert Blaine says the grant is meant as a step toward that goal, ...

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State’s only Whole Foods Market is ‘changing the way people shop’

By BECKY GILLETTE The only Whole Foods Market in Mississippi, located in Highland Village in the heart of Jackson, recently celebrated its fifth anniversary. Billed as “America’s Healthiest Grocery Store,” Whole Foods has become an even better shopping destination since being acquired by Amazon, said Masa Liles, general manager of Highland Village. “When you see what Amazon is doing, they ...

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Work begins on $15.8M parking garage for children’s hospital

Work has begun on a $15.8 million parking garage at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. Contractor Brasfield & Gorrie says it is building the five-level 517-space parking deck, which will be located next to an expansion of the medical center’s Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital. The contractor, based in Birmingham, Alabama, is also building the seven-story, 360,000 ...

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Court tosses embezzlement conviction of Jackson ex-official

The Mississippi Court of Appeals is tossing out the embezzlement conviction of a man who used to run a downtown Jackson business organization. The Clarion Ledger reports the court ruled Tuesday in favor of Ben Allen, a former Jackson City Council member who worked for Downtown Jackson Partners. Allen was convicted of a single count of embezzlement in 2017 in ...

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‘Moveable feast’: food hall debut attracts throngs

By JACK WEATHERLY “It was the hardest soft opening ever. It was crazy,” said April Baucum, a mixologist at the Gold Coast Bar. She was not alone in that sentiment. She was helping to hold down one of the nine vendorships in the new Cultivation Food Hall. Friday and Saturday were supposed to be the “soft days,” leading up to ...

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Cultivation Food Hall offers variety of cuisines

By JACK WEATHERLY Cultivation Food Hall will open this weekend in The District at Eastover and feature nine artisanal vendors. It has been developed in consultation with St. Roch Market in New Orleans, one of the pioneers in the food hall movement. Cultivation Food Hall is on the ground floor of the BankPlus Building and encompasses 8,260 square feet, not ...

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