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That's a wrap: Columbus soon to be without video stores as consumers move online, to vending machines

Posted 6/25/2010 in Business

If you called Movietime Video, you would hear nothing but a fax tone blaring on the other end. The movie store closed last week under pressure from newer and better rental options that are driving the old business model into the ground.

Casualty of Gulf oil spill: Local po'boys

Posted 6/25/2010 in Business

Area restaurants dependent on the Gulf Coast for seafood are feeling the pinch from oyster and shrimp shortages.


Omnova strike continues; no end in sight

Posted 6/25/2010 in Business

Columbus Omnova workers continue to hold out for an alternate proposal from Omnova Solutions Inc. Until then, the workers are manning the gates during an indefinite strike period.



Crews clean up oil, tar balls in Mississippi Sound

Posted 6/24/2010 in Business



100,000 without water in Jackson

Posted 6/24/2010 in Business

The city of Jackson says 100,000 people are without water after a 54-inch water main broke.



Peter Imes: How the Internet has changed movie rentals

Posted 6/24/2010 in Business

This Friday and Saturday, I will be attending a newspaper conference in Tunica. One item of discussion will be whether or not newspaper websites should install paywalls on their websites.



Graham retiring from Learning Center

Posted 6/24/2010 in Business

Dr. Ellie H. Graham, executive director of Greater Columbus Learning Center, has announced her retirement, effective June 30. Graham has worked in the field of education for 32 years; teaching in the Lowndes County School System, and 22 years as director of the community-based literacy program.



Magazine recognizes GTR Global Industrial Aerospace Park

Posted 6/24/2010 in Business

BIRMINGHAM -- GTR Global Industrial Aerospace Park has garnered a significant honor by being named as one of the Ten Sites in the South That Will Eventually Land the Big One, announced by Southern Business & Development magazine in this month's issue. SB&D is the leading publication promoting corporate investment and job creation in the American South, the world's fourth largest economy.



WCBI restoring signal to over-the-air viewers

Posted 6/23/2010 in Business

After being down for some customers for weeks, Columbus-based WCBI-TV expects its signal to be fully restored this week.



Judge blocks gulf drilling moratorium

Posted 6/22/2010 in Business

A federal judge struck down the Obama administration's six-month ban on deepwater oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, saying the government rashly concluded that because one rig failed, the others are in immediate danger, too.



Rare William Faulkner collection sells for $833,000

Posted 6/22/2010 in Business

A rare collection of signed William Faulkner books and personal items has been auctioned for $833,246 in New York City.



Public hearing scheduled Tuesday for University Inn project

Posted 6/22/2010 in Business

The Starkville planning and zoning commission will hold a public hearing next week on the proposed redevelopment of the former University Inn.



Putting 126.3 million gallons of oil into context

Posted 6/21/2010 in Business

Overwhelmed and saddened by the gargantuan size of the Gulf oil spill? A little mathematical context to the spill size can put the environmental catastrophe in perspective.



Gulf oil companies ask judge to lift drilling moratorium

Posted 6/21/2010 in Business

Companies that ferry people and supplies to offshore oil rigs asked a federal judge Monday to lift a six-month moratorium on new deepwater drilling projects imposed in the aftermath of the massive Gulf spill.



MSU: Consolidation of schools won't bring layoffs

Posted 6/20/2010 in Business

The combination of schools at Mississippi State University isn't expected to result in any job losses, a university official said Friday.



Peter Imes: Social media sites you may not have heard of

Posted 6/17/2010 in Business

Everyone has at least heard of Facebook and Twitter. Both are Internet services that allow you to connect with existing friends or create new friends and to share information with those online friends.



Barbour praises Toyota's decision to resume work at Blue Springs

Posted 6/17/2010 in Business

Toyota will build Corolla compact cars at its plant in Blue Springs in northeast Mississippi.



NEMS360: Toyota plans to make announcement about Blue Springs (link)

Posted 6/16/2010 in Business



Spell won't seek 5th term as ag commissioner

Posted 6/16/2010 in Business

Mississippi Agriculture Commissioner Lester Spell said Wednesday he won't seek a fifth term, opening the field for one of the eight statewide offices voters will fill in 2011.



Alabama professor charged in brother's shooting death

Posted 6/16/2010 in Business

A biology professor charged with killing three of her colleagues at an Alabama university has been indicted in the 1986 shooting death of her brother in Massachusetts, prosecutors announced Wednesday.



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