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Stonnington Farm creates fertile ground for grassfed beef in South Mississippi

By BECKY GILLETTE Editor’s note: This is a condensed version of an article originally published in Stockman Grass Farmer. PERKINSTON — When Dr. Michael Stonnington first meets people and talks about his 378-acre grassfed beef operation, he doesn’t usually tell them that in addition to being a grassfed cattle farmer, he is an orthopedic surgeon. That is because people tend to think ...

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Hattiesburg business bringing Leadercast to Mississippi on May 5

Leadercast,the largest one-day leadership event in the world, will be broadcast live in Hattiesburg on Friday, May 5, 8am-3pm at the Thad Cochran Center at The University of Southern Mississippi. Jennifer and Steve Clark, owners of Emerge Events, are excited to be bringing this national simulcast to Hattiesburg. This event will inspire purpose-driven leaders, teams, and companies. This year’s theme ...

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Groundbreaking held for $35-million Midtown mixed-use development

By BECKY GILLETTE Ground was broken March 23 on the $35-million District at Midtown mixed-used development that will take up an entire block at Hardy Street and 31st Avenue across from the University of Southern Mississippi. While this isn’t a new industrial development, it still packs a whammy when it comes to job creation. It is estimated that 200 people ...

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ADP’s Williamson a key innovative cog in Hattiesburg area development programs

By BECKY GILLETTE Valencia Williamson has overseen the creation of innovative new programs including those designed to improve the work-force preparedness of high school graduates since she was hired six years ago to head the Area Development Partnership Chamber of Commerce Division as executive vice president. “Valencia is a leading minority executive in Greater Hattiesburg and serves as a shining ...

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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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