Business News for the Mississippi Delta

Milwaukee Tool Expands in Three Mississippi Locations

Milwaukee Tool is expanding operations at three Mississippi locations, investing $33.4 million and creating 660 jobs. The expansions are planned for the company’s sites in Greenwood, Jackson and Olive Branch. “Once again, Milwaukee Tool confirms its commitment to doing business in our state by growing its existing operations and providing hundreds of Mississippians with good, […]

Bank of Commerce Purchasing Tallahatchie County Bank

Mississippi-based Bank of Commerce has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase Tallahatchie County Bank, the only independent bank in Charleston. “We are looking forward to this next chapter and feel like it’s a perfect match,” says William McKellar, CEO & President of Tallahatchie County Bank. “They operate the same way we do. We are […]

Small Town Living A happy haven for many

By MARK H. STOWERS Though many have been bypassed others have withered to a small portion of their former stature, Delta small towns once thrived and were stand-alone entities with their own economies and idiosyncrasies. Farming communities that thrived with cotton have shifted to other crops to sustain themselves and the rich Delta land. Drew […]

What’s Cooking? Turning a passion into a thriving business

By Susan Montgomery What’s cooking? Ask Mary Lindsey Smith around lunch time on weekdays. Or run by her catering business and restaurant on West Park Avenue in Greenwood and look over the What’s Cooking? menu on a blackboard behind the cash register. Smith, who started What’s Cooking? with a small business loan in 2006, has […]

Japanese Company Funds Beef Plant Revival

By Mark H. Stowers  •  Photography by Jason Williams Redemption always leads to a good story and there’s no former business in the Magnolia State that could use a good shot of it than the former beef plant in Oakland, Mississippi. The North Mississippi plant located in Yalobusha County was supposed to be a savior […]

When a “Shark” Accepts the Bait

Get Ready for the Adventure of a Lifetime! By Angela Rogalski Vicksburg natives, Richard and Juli Rhett, owners of Sierra Madre Research, a company that creates innovative, high quality camping equipment, such as hammock shelters and other accessories, were on the season premiere of ABC’s “Shark Tank,” the show where entrepreneurs try to convince wealthy […]

A Different Clarksdale

New Leadership, New Faces, New Businesses By Greta Sharp  •  Photos by Austin Britt If there is one word that characterizes today’s Clarksdale, it’s new. While this city is deeply rooted in the Delta and steeped in Blues history, Clarksdale is welcoming new faces armed with fresh ideas and enthusiasm. Newly elected Mayor Chuck Espy […]

Tourism In the Delta

2018 Forecasted to be busy year for region By Susan Montgomery The Delta’s playing a significant role in continuing statewide tourism increases, both in the number of visitors and the dollars they bring, and the latest data raises hope that the region might see more gains this year and later. The most recent figures from […]

Dr. Jerryl Briggs

Named Eighth President of Mississippi Valley State University By MARK H. STOWERS  •  Photography by Timothy Ivy In October, the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning named Dr. Jerryl Briggs as the eighth President of Mississippi Valley State University. Dr. Briggs had served as Acting President of the University since June 15. […]