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Tim’s barbecue opens on Clay Street



There’s a new barbecue restaurant in Vicksburg.

Tim’s Smokehouse Barbecue (1713 Clay St.) originated with Timothy and Jennifer Sanford’s catering business.

“We dabble with a few different things and see what we like, what our customers like and what tastes good,” said Jennifer Sanford. 

Before opening the restaurant, Timothy Sanford had a long history of being a pit boss, which started by watching his father.

“My dad was a grill master,” he said. “He used to do functions for the family. He never did anything for money. I just kind of grew up under that and followed after his footsteps.”

“With our food we want people to feel love through our food,” Jennifer said. “We want people to feel love through our service, we want people to feel love through everything that we do. So we really just want to make good food that people like that they can afford.”

Tim’s is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. It’s closed on Monday. Delivery is available by calling 601-885-3791. See the Facebook page for more info.

“Follow the smoke down to Clay Street” Timothy said. “It’s insanely delicious.” 


Amazon to open second fulfillment center in North Mississippi



An Amazon warehouse. Amazon has more than 100 fulfillment centers across the U.S. Image from

From the Mississippi Development Authority:

Amazon is locating its second Mississippi fulfillment center in Olive Branch. The company will create 500 new full-time jobs at the facility.

“Amazon’s decision to locate a second consumer goods fulfillment center in North Mississippi is a tremendous milestone for DeSoto County and our entire state,” Gov. Phil Bryant said in a statement. “This announcement serves as a shining example to industry leaders around the globe that Mississippi plays to win. We offer a supportive business climate and integrated transportation network so companies with shipping needs, such as Amazon, can reach their customers in rapid time and remain a step ahead of their competition.”

In December 2018, Amazon announced it was locating a fulfillment center in Marshall County, Miss., creating 850 jobs over three years. The DeSoto County fulfillment center will be in Legacy Park in Olive Branch. The company is leasing a one-million-square-foot facility from which employees will ship large customer items, such as sports equipment, patio furniture, fishing rods, pet food, kayaks, bicycles and larger household goods.

The Mississippi Development Authority and the DeSoto County Board of Supervisors are providing assistance for public road improvements surrounding the site and park. DeSoto County also will negotiate a fee-in-lieu agreement in support of the project.

“In just 10 months, Amazon has announced two Mississippi locations creating 1,300 careers for the people of North Mississippi. Amazon’s new DeSoto County location is evidence of the fact that the Mississippi team works together to support extraordinary companies, enabling them to achieve their goals in our state,” said MDA Executive Director Glenn McCullough Jr. in the statement. “The Mississippi Development Authority, along with the DeSoto County Economic Development Council, DeSoto County and the DeSoto County Board of Supervisors, is proud to once again support one of the world’s most innovative companies, as Amazon brings another 500 career opportunities to Mississippians.”, Inc., is an American multinational technology company based in Seattle, Wash. The company focuses on e-commerce, cloud computing, digital streaming and artificial intelligence. Amazon is considered one of the Big Four technology companies, along with Google, Apple and Facebook.

To learn more about working at an Amazon fulfillment center, interested candidates can visit

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Nissan recalls more than 394,000 vehicles due to potential fire hazard



Nissan is recalling more than 394,000 late model sedans and SUVs due to potential fire concerns.

Reports say in some cases, the antilock brake pump could leak causing electrical shorts and the vehicles to catch fire.

Nissan is warning that if antilock brake lights stay on for more than 10 seconds, drivers should park the vehicle outdoors until it can be repaired.

Vehicles recalled include:

  • Nissan Murano SUVs from 2015 through 2018
  • Nissan Maxima sedans from 2016 through 2018.
  • Nissan Pathfinder SUVs from 2017 through 2019.
  • Infiniti QX60 from 2017 through 2019

Nissan dealers will replace the defective pumps. The company will send vehicle owners notices Dec. 2, and a second notice when repair parts are available.

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Vicksburg Mall welcomes new businesses



The Vicksburg Mall (3505 Pemberton Square Blvd.) is welcoming two new businesses this month.

River City Catfish Court and Hall’s Gifts and Treasures Floral Design will make their debut at the mall by the end of November.

“River City is in the process of moving into Falafel et Al’s space now, and they’re just waiting on finalization privileges now, licenses from the city and the final OK from the health department,” said Jerry Chambers, Vicksburg Mall manager. “So we’re looking at maybe the next week or two weeks before they open.

“The other business has an existing store downtown. They’re looking to move here to the mall to relocate. They’ll have fresh and artificial flowers, wreaths, gifts and they also sell some snacks in the store.”

The Vicksburg Mall hopes that with the opening of these two businesses, more people will follow.

“This will definitely increase the foot traffic out to the mall,” Chambers said. “Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t think there’s much out here anymore, which is why we’re trying to increase that. Another thing we do is we try to keep events going on out here that will bring more traffic as well.”

The Vicksburg Mall extends a welcome to all local businesses looking for a place to call home.

“We encourage local businesses to come out and lease spaces. Our prices are very reasonable,” he said. “We want it to be kind of like a family here at the mall so that everyone feels welcome.”

For more information, call the Vicksburg Mall at 601-634-0823.


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