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Trustmark nearly doubles fourth-quarter profit

Posted 1/26/2011 in Business

Regional banker Trustmark Corp. says it nearly doubled its fourth-quarter profit from a year ago as the company recorded declines in bad loans and cut its exposure to Florida real estate problems.


Severstal ramps up for expansion

Posted 1/22/2011 in Business

The time is approaching for Severstal to begin hiring for 100 new positions to staff its Phase II expansion.


2010 casino take drops 3 percent

Posted 1/21/2011 in Business

Mississippi's state-licensed casinos won $2.39 billion from players in 2010 - a nearly 3 percent drop from what gamblers lost in 2009.



Starkville community members honored with awards

Posted 1/21/2011 in Business

The Greater Starkville Development Partnership held its annual awards banquet Thursday night and honored nearly a dozen citizens and businesses for their contributions to the community.


New businesses sweeten 'dessert town' Starkville

Posted 1/21/2011 in Business

In a time when companies across the country are struggling to survive, a handful of new businesses in Starkville are thriving, thanks in part to the city's collective taste for sweets.


Peter Imes: Doodling for Google and other contests

Posted 1/20/2011 in Business

Companies are still trying to learn how to best use social media for marketing and profit. In next week's column I plan on giving some tips on how local businesses can use social media for promotions. For now let's look at a handful of interesting contests that are currently running online.



Bill to raise beer content in Miss. contentious

Posted 1/20/2011 in Business

Since 2003, Lazy Magnolia Brewing Co. in Kiln has operated as Mississippi's only brewer, churning out locally flavored beer and becoming a small business success story. It isn't what it could be financially because of Mississippi's laws that restrict the alcohol content in beers to 5 percent alcohol by weight, the lowest in the nation.



Smoking ban proposed for all Miss. public places

Posted 1/20/2011 in Business

Health advocates are renewing their push for a bill to ban smoking in all enclosed public places in Mississippi, including restaurants and casinos.



Bond set for man charged in Lee County slaying

Posted 1/20/2011 in Business

Bond has been set at $1 million for a man charged with murder in a slaying on Monday in the Pratts community of Lee County. Omnova shares sink on report

Posted 1/20/2011 in Business

Omnova Solutions Inc. is coming off what its executives say was a highly profitable and record year in many respects, including a major acquisition. Yet fourth-quarter earnings disappointed Wall Street.



Starkville aldermen interview for technology head

Posted 1/19/2011 in Business

The Starkville Board of Aldermen Tuesday night took another step toward upgrading the city's Information Technology Department.



Pardon our dust: Dispatch undergoing renovations

Posted 1/19/2011 in Business

Visitors to The Dispatch's building in downtown Columbus may have noticed renovations taking place in the front office.



Pearl River Co. official running for Governor

Posted 1/18/2011 in Business

Pearl River County Supervisor Hudson Holliday will formally kick off his campaign for the Republican nomination for governor on Thursday with a rally at the courthouse in Poplarville.



Barbour: Mississippi to celebrate Freedom Riders

Posted 1/17/2011 in Business

Plans for Mississippi to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides of the civil rights movement have been announced by Gov. Haley Barbour.



MUW fire victims remembered in high school ceremony

Posted 1/17/2011 in Business

Two of four teenagers killed a year ago in a fire at a Hoover motel were honored at the high school where they had graduated seven months earlier.



Ala. hunter dies in fall from deer stand

Posted 1/17/2011 in Business

Emergency officials say a 36-year-old Madison County man died after falling about 20 feet from a deer stand.



Bentley sworn in as Ala. governor

Posted 1/17/2011 in Business

Robert Bentley has made the transition from physician and state legislator to Alabama's governor.



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