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Entergy recognized as a Top U.S. Utility in economic development for 13th year



Site Selection magazine has named Entergy one of the nation’s top 10 electric utilities in economic development for the 13th consecutive year.

The recognition is largely due to the vital role Entergy played in supporting projects that resulted in some $18.2 billion of capital investment and the creation of more than 5,460 jobs in the company’s four-state service territory in 2019.

Entergy Mississippi programs and projects that the magazine mentioned included:

  • A $57-million substation under construction at the Madison County Mega Site. It will give the industrial site a competitive edge in attracting large economic development projects and increase service reliability in this fast-growing area.
  • The Excellerator Grants program. Entergy provides communities matching grants for marketing, site readiness and organizational excellence.
  • ACT boot camp. This program closes the skills gap through workforce development, giving communities that are ACT-certified an edge when competing for new or expanding business.

“We’re committed to fostering growth in the communities we serve,” said Ed Gardner, Entergy Mississippi director of business and economic development. “Investing in these economic development efforts is one way we’re building the premier utility. We’re pleased to be recognized for our work and look forward to many years of continued success for our communities.”

Entergy serves some of the largest and most energy-intensive industries in the United States. The company has been directly involved in major development projects that resulted in $153 billion of capital investment and some 100,000 jobs within its service area over the past 13 years.

These investments represent a variety of industries and companies, including Baxter International and Medline Industries in Mississippi in 2019 alone.

Criteria used by Site Selection for its rankings include the use of:

  • innovative programs and incentives for business,
  • website tools and data and
  • each utility’s job-creating infrastructure and facility investment trends.

The ranking can be viewed in the magazine’s September 2020 print issue and on the Site Selection website.

Entergy provides companies with access to essential information needed to locate, expand and promote their company within its region. Entergy also provides companies with services in site selection, project management, large projects and contracts. Learn more about Entergy’s economic development efforts at


Vicksburg’s China Buffet reopens for dine-in service Nov. 4



(photo via Facebook, used with permission)

The China Buffet of Vicksburg will be back open for dine-in service Wednesday, Nov. 4.

The restaurant, located at 4150 S. Frontage Road, announced the reopening Monday on its Facebook page.

China Buffet closed its doors earlier this year when the COVID-19 pandemic hit and a short time later reopened for carry-out service only.

As of next week, customers will be able to sit down and eat inside again and enjoy the buffet for the first time in months at the popular restaurant.

Customers can still call in their orders to pick up food (601-630-0331) until the dine-in service begins.

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Kevin Roberts opens his second Fit Chef store in Madison



Kevin Roberts and his new Fit Chef store in Madison. (photos courtesy Kevin Roberts)

Vicksburg resident Kevin Roberts is opening a new Fit Chef location in Madison, Mississippi, next week.

The new Fit Chef is Roberts’ second location. The store promotes a healthy eating lifestyle and offers healthy prepared meals and catering. The grand opening of the new Fit Chef is Wednesday, Oct. 28, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 111 Dees Drive in Madison.

The first Fit Chef is located at 3401 Halls Ferry Road in Roberts hometown of Vicksburg and is popular among local residents.

Roberts has plenty to keep him busy. He is also the owner of The Chopping Block, an axe throwing arcade located at 1504 Washington St. in downtown Vicksburg, which he opened earlier this year.

Roberts is hoping that his second Fit Chef location will have as much success as the first one as he continues to expand the Fit Chef brand.

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Vicksburg among MS communities to see boost in wireless connectivity



Vicksburg is among many communities in Mississippi that will be seeing a big boost in wireless connectivity, AT&T announced Tuesday.

AT&T said in a statement that it has added dozens of new sites already this year to enhance coverage and help give residents and first responders faster, more reliable wireless service. These investments will help customers get the most out of their mobile devices.

“As we all continue to recognize the growing importance of connectivity in our daily lives, these type investments help us stay connected to the world around us, and they also help us remain competitive and make us more attractive to outside investment and job creation,” said Gov. Tate Reeves in the statement. “While we all recognize that there is more work to be done to connect Mississippians, we applaud AT&T for doing that work.”

Without question, it is essential that our customers stay connected in today’s environment, the company said. That’s why we’re boosting network reliability and capacity as we expand our network. This helps residents in communities across Mississippi to get the best possible experience over the AT&T network wherever they live, work and play, including the following areas:

  • Ashland
  • Braxton
  • Canton
  • Carthage
  • Coila
  • Collinsville
  • DeKalb
  • Ethel
  • Gloster
  • Grace
  • Grenada
  • Hazlehurst
  • Iuka
  • Leakesville
  • Magee
  • Morton
  • Mount Olive
  • New Albany
  • Ovett
  • Parchman
  • Perkinston
  • Pontotoc
  • Poplarville
  • Port Gibson
  • Sandy Hook
  • Shaw
  • Silver Creek
  • St. Louis
  • State Line
  • Starkville
  • Swiftown
  • Union
  • Utica
  • Vicksburg

“We are committed to enhancing connectivity for businesses, residents and first responders in communities across Mississippi, and these network expansions are good examples of the work we’re accomplishing as a result of the hundreds of millions of dollars we’ve invested in Mississippi,” said Mayo Flynt, president, AT&T Mississippi.

The upgrades will also benefit public safety and first responders on FirstNet – public safety’s dedicated communications platform — and giving Mississippi’s first responders access to the nation’s fastest overall network experience. FirstNet is bringing public safety communications into the 21st century with new, innovative capabilities to help those users stay safe and save lives.

At many of these new locations, our enhancements also bring Band 14 spectrum to the areas. Band 14 is nationwide, high-quality spectrum set aside by the government specifically for FirstNet. We look at Band 14 as public safety’s VIP lane. In an emergency, this band – or lane – can be cleared and locked just for FirstNet subscribers. When not in use by FirstNet subscribers, AT&T customers can enjoy Band 14’s added coverage and capacity.

From 2017 to 2019, AT&T invested nearly $750 million in wireless and wired networks in Mississippi. These investments boost reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for residents and their businesses, the company said.

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