It should be an excellent opportunity for the aspiring entrepreneur or even an established business to "kick the tires" of these buildings. These open houses will be held in conjunction with events that are scheduled for downtown to capitalize on the influx on visitors.
There are a lot of similarities between Natchez and Columbus. Both feature historic downtowns that have a charm not found in other parts of the city. In both, downtown is the focal point of the city. A vibrant downtown where storefronts are filled and business is brisk, creates a positive atmosphere that extends far beyond the area. Conversely, a downtown dotted with vacant buildings undermines confidence and casts the city in an unfavorable light. ...
In Natchez, the Mississippi Development Authority is working with the city, its Main Street association, Alcorn State University and other groups in putting their downtown storefronts in the spotlight in what they are calling a "Possibilities Tour."
There is no reason that Columbus, Starkville and West Point could not take this idea and run with it, too.
Natchez has much to offer and has devised a new approach to showcase its appeal.
Our communities have similar appeal. Let's steal this idea.
Mississippi Business Journal, Jackson, Miss., on abdication by the 'King of Torts':
Dickie Scruggs' drama is finally over.
The U.S. Supreme Court has chosen not to hear an appeal from the former attorney who earned the nickname "King of Torts" and amassed a fortune from the tobacco-related lawsuits in the 1990s.
Scruggs, who practiced out of Oxford, pleaded guilty to trying to influence a Mississippi judge back in 2009. Scruggs offered to contact his brother-in-law, former U.S. Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.), and recommend the judge for a federal bench post in return for a favorable verdict in a case involving Scruggs that was before the judge.
Though he pleaded guilty, Scruggs began appealing his conviction in 2010. But he lost in courtroom after courtroom, and now the nation's highest court won't even bother with him.
It is rather ironic that Scruggs, who totally disrespected the courts, when forced to work through that same system — honestly this time — couldn't win. It should reaffirm that our legal system is not broken, and at least in this case justice has indeed prevailed.
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