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USM faculty member gets grant for Fresh Food on the Move

By BECKY GILLETTE “Preventative health care is a lot cheaper than what we have traditionally done” Charkarra Anderson-Lewis, Ph.D.,  was only 15 years old when her mother, 36, died from heart disease. It had a lasting impression on Anderson-Lewis, a University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Department of Health associate professor who recently received a $2,000 grant to institute a mobile ...

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‘Life changing chicken’ coming soon to Hattiesburg and state

By LISA MONTI Construction will begin soon on the first of six restaurant locations for a franchise new to Mississippi that promises “life changing chicken.” Father and son franchisees Ricky Bagwell and David Bagwell will build the first Slim Chickens store in Ridgeland. Two more are planned in the Jackson area, two in the Hattiesburg area and one in Oxford. ...

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Southern Prohibition Brewery hopes Legislature removes restrictions

By BECKY GILLETTE / Hattiesburg Business Today Because of restrictions in the law, Mississippi is one of the last states to cash in on the hot microbrewery trend. Quinby Chunn, owner of Southern Prohibition Brewery, is hopeful that legislation currently being considered in Jackson will allow direct sales at breweries. “We’re trying to get House Bill 1322, which has been approved by ...

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Petal businesses on the path to recovery from EF3 tornado

By BECKY GILLETTE PETAL — It will take a long time for Petal businesses and homeowners to recover from the devastating EF3 tornado Jan. 21. Petal Mayor Hal Marx estimates 350 homes were damaged or destroyed. “About 30 businesses, including 19 in a major shopping center, were destroyed,” Marx said. “We do not have any damage cost estimates for Petal ...

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Merchants Foodservice corporate office back operating after severe tornado damage

By BECKY GILLETTE HATTIESBURG — The Merchants Foodservice corporate office on Edwards Street was severely damaged by the EF3 tornado Jan. 21 that hit Hattiesburg. But fast action and teamwork resulted in the office being quickly relocated to the Lamar County Industrial Park in Purvis. “We never experienced any disruption in delivery,” said Joshua Wilson, marketing coordinator for Merchants Foodservice. “Immediately after ...

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Officials count 1,100 homes damaged by Mississippi tornado

A tornado that tore a path across south Mississippi on Saturday damaged or destroyed more than 1,100 homes. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency reported Monday that in Forrest County alone, 411 homes were destroyed or suffered major damage Saturday, while 588 saw minor damage. In Lamar County, the twister destroyed or did major damage to 43 homes and minor damage ...

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Cleaning without toxics a draw for customers of Freedom Cleaning

By BECKY GILLETTE Jacqueline Lee, 31, earned a degree in photojournalism from the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) in 2006. In 2011, Lee was in between jobs and looking at a source of income where she could be self-employed. She took an accounting class at USM, and decided she wanted to try her hand as a small business owner. “I ...

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