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Vicksburg resident wins $15,000 landscaping prize in association contest



Left to right: Shane Upshaw from Magnolia Estates of Vicksburg; Shyviqua Brooks, $15,000 prize winner; Jennifer Hall, executive director of MMHA; and Mark Holdiness, Magnolia Estates of Vicksburg salesman.

Mississippi Manufactured Housing Association has immersed itself into the spirit of giving by awarding $15,000 in landscaping to three lucky Mississippians. 

The association opened the competition to individuals who purchased a home from an MMHA retailer during May, June or July of 2019.






“As the Mississippi Manufactured Housing Association, we represent the industry in the state of Mississippi,” said Lori Hanson, MMHA communications director. “Our board wanted to do something to give back to the residents of Mississippi, and we thought about what do homeowners really want after buying their first home. … We thought something that would be nice for everyone who entered the giveaway was to do a landscaping package and show them what their homes could really look like when proper landscaping is put into place. It really makes their house feel like a home.”

Applicants had to write an essay on why they chose manufactured housing and three winners were selected to receive the landscape giveaway prize.

Winners were located in All American Housing of Brookhaven, Springer Mobile of Woodland and Magnolia Estates of Vicksburg. 

Shyviqua Brooks was Vicksburg’s winner.

“Ms. Brooks wrote about how she was a first-time home buyer and didn’t want to throw away her money on renting and not ever getting anything out of that,” Hanson said. “So she decided to buy her own home and put those funds towards her mortgage to make her money work for her, which we thought was a great story with her being a young entrepreneur and an up-and-coming business woman.”

The idea for the giveaway came to the association after pondering over what more they could do for their buyers.

“We want to show the community that Manufactured Housing in the state of Mississippi is invested in their community,” Hanson said. “We care about our customers, and we want to show that to the community.”


Krystal files for bankruptcy



Popular fast-food chain Krystal, known for serving burgers on steamed, square buns, has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

The chain opened its first store in Chattanooga, Tenn., in 1932, and now operates about 300 stores across the South, employing about 7,500 people.

“The actions we are taking are intended to enable Krystal to establish a stronger business for the future and to achieve a restructuring in a fast and efficient manner,” the company said in a statement.

Krystal Company says its restaurants will stay open during the bankruptcy process.

The filing cites shifting consumer tastes and a tight labor market among the reasons for filing bankruptcy. Fast-food restaurants have an unusually high turnover rate of up to 200 percent, and Krystal’s statement says the labor market makes it difficult to staff its restaurants.

The company has debts of between $50 million and $100 million, according to the filing.

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Entergy certifies three CERES sites as project ready



CERES B site (photo from the Vicksburg Warren Economic Development Partnership)

From the Vicksburg Warren Economic Development Partnership and Entergy Mississippi:

The Vicksburg Warren Economic Development Partnership announced today that Entergy Mississippi has authorized certification of three sites at the CERES Industrial Park as Economic Development Project Ready Sites.

The certification is the culmination of months of work done by the Vicksburg Warren Economic Development Partnership in coordination with Entergy Mississippi. The work included a comprehensive review, due diligence and documentation generation for the three sites, in order to make them ready for prospective manufacturing or industrial projects.

Site location consultants and prospective companies require immediate response times and communities must be able to respond effectively and efficiently on very short notice. Entergy Mississippi works with communities to help them identify the due diligence and analysis needed to make sure their sites are ready for a project. Once the community has done what is required by the program, Entergy authorizes the Certification of the sites and provides resources to promote the certified sites and market them to national and international brokerage firms and site consultants.

“This is a very positive development for CERES and for our efforts to attract more companies to Vicksburg and Warren County, said Pablo Diaz, President & CEO of the Vicksburg Warren Economic Development Partnership, in a statement. “The certification process allowed us to document the strengths and weaknesses of our sites and to reduce the level of risk and due diligence that a potential company would need to undertake in order to decide to locate in our community. We are most thankful to Entergy Mississippi for working closely with us to accomplish this certification, and we look forward to partnering with them to market the sites and CERES in general to companies across the nation and the world.”

“As decision timelines for companies grow shorter, Vicksburg Warren County understands having sites ready for development is a necessity to remain competitive, said Ed Gardner, Executive Director of Entergy Economic Development. “Entergy is proud to add three sites in CERES to the growing list of certified sites in our service territory. I commend the Economic Development Partnership for making significant investments to meet the requirements of our program.”

Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs added, “Entergy is a key partner in our economic development efforts and this certification is another example of their commitment to help communities in their service territory be prepared for success. We have had tremendous economic development success in the past few years, and Entergy has continuously been a close ally in that success”

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Girl Scouts introducing new cookie for 2020



Good news cookie lovers. The Girl Scouts of the USA are introducing a brand new cookie this year.

The new cookie, called Lemon Ups, are crispy, lemon cookies baked with eight different motivational messages such as “I am a leader” and “I am a go getter” designed to lift your spirits. The new flavor is being offered in a limited number of markets.

But never fear. If lemon cookies are your thing, also check out Lemonades, a lemon-icing-topped shortbread variety.

“Everyone loves Girl Scout Cookies—but the program is about so much more than cookies,” said GSUSA CEO Sylvia Acevedo in a press release. “Girls learn about entrepreneurship as they run their own cookie businesses. The important business and financial literacy skills girls learn through the program are proven to build their leadership skills and position them for success in the future. When you purchase cookies you are helping girls power their Girl Scout experience and you’re supporting female entrepreneurs.”

Of course, don’t forget the perennial favorites such as Thin Mints, Samoas and S’mores. This year also features a refreshed package design.

Girl Scout Cookies can only be purchased from a registered Girl Scout. To find Girl Scouts selling cookies near you, visit While you’re there, check out all the sinfully delicious cookie flavors available.


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