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HOME TOWN — Rasberry helps make Laurel a special place to live

By NASH NUNNERY To say Jim Rasberry loves his hometown of Laurel might be the understatement of the century. In 2006, Rasberry Financial Services was one of a handful of tenants occupying the city’s once-bustling downtown. Many small businesses had left for other areas of town. Federal urban renewal projects had turned the center of Laurel into what resembled a ...

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City aims to borrow $3M to fix flash flooding problems

A south Mississippi city wants to borrow $3 million for drainage repairs. Laurel Mayor Johnny Magee tells WDAM-TV that the bond issue won’t fix all the city’s drainage issues, but it could allow the city to provide local matches for grant funds. Magee says recent rains show that Laurel’s drainage system needs the work, saying “people get sick of flash ...

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Mayor: City earmarking property tax increase for road repair

A south Mississippi city is raising taxes to pay for more roadwork. WDAM-TV reports the city of Laurel is raising property taxes by 4 mills, or $40 on a $100,000 house. The City Council approved the tax increase as they approved the city budget beginning Oct. 1. Laurel Mayor Johnny Magee says the money will be earmarked to repair roads. ...

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Slowboat Brewing Co. owner says the future is ‘bubbly’

By BECKY GILLETTE Kenny and Carrie Mann are making things happen in downtown Laurel. The young couple left their 9-5 jobs to follow their dreams of owning a brewery. “And they are doing an incredible job,” said Jim Rasberry, chairman of the Economic Development Authority (EDA) of Jones County. Slowboat Brewing Company distributed its first batches of beer on Dec. ...

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Hattiesburg airport director: Essential Air Service program needs to be revised, not eliminated

By BECKY GILLETTE The proposed elimination of the Essential Air Service (EAS) program under the budget proposed by President Donald Trump is of concern in rural states such as Mississippi, where four of the seven commercial service airports in the state receive EAS subsidies. Getting rid of the program is not a new idea. » Read complete story at HATTIESBURG ...

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Lott Furniture reaching 100th birthday during a time of downtown Laurel renaissance

By BECKY GILLETTE Back in the 1940s, Blues musician Blind Roosevelt Graves sang and played his guitar in front of Lott Furniture at 320 Front Street almost daily. “He and his brother, Uaroy, drew massive crowds to Front Street just to hear them play, locals and travelers alike,” said Rodney Rowell, who owns Lott Furniture with his wife, Angie. “It’s ...

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Laurel Mercantile a “store of curiosity” helping revive downtown Laurel

“It is amazing the kind of life you can live in Mississippi”   By BECKY GILLETTE Three Laurel couples, including one whose HGTV Home Town pilot on renovating historic homes in Laurel had 2.2 million viewers, recently opened a new store downtown, Laurel Mercantile at 414 Front Street, that sells only unique items that have to reach the bar of being such high quality ...

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Union says wage offers by Howard Industries are too low

JACKSON — A union at Howard Industries, one of Mississippi’s largest industrial employers, is protesting what it sees as low wage offers in contract negotiations. Local 1317 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers planned a news conference Wednesday in Laurel to criticize the wage increases offered by the maker of electrical transformers. Union members have already voted down three ...

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'Free State of Jones' movie begins filming in Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS — The Civil War drama “Free State of Jones,” starring Matthew McConnaughey, has started shooting in Louisiana. McConnaughey plays Newton Knight, who rebelled against Confederate authority in Mississippi’s Jones County. Other actors include Gugu Mbatha-Raw who appeared in “Belle” and “Beyond the Lights;” Keri Russell, who has appeared in “Felicity” and “The Americans” and Mahershala Ali, who has ...

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