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THE DAWNING SPACE ECONOMY — Governments and private companies are going all-out in what amounts to a new space race, and this region has a foot in both worlds

By DAVID TORTORANO Sometime next year at a site in south Mississippi, four RS-25 engines and the core stage of NASA’s Space Launch System will roar to life in a teeth-rattling spectacle during a static test at the historic B-2 test stand. With a combined 2 million pounds of thrust, the engine core test at Stennis Space Center (SSC) will ...

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PROFILE: John C. Stennis Space Center

By DAVID TORTORANO John C. Stennis Space Center, north of Interstate 10 in South Mississippi, is a 14,000-acre secure complex surrounded by a unique 125,000-acre heavily wooded buffer zone. It’s where some of the most powerful rocket engines in the world have been tested, including 27 first- and second-stage boosters for the Saturn V. In 2008 the American Institute of ...

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SPECIAL REPORT: Rising sea levels pose business challenges for the Mississippi Gulf Coast

By BECKY GILLETTE Sea levels around the world are rising at greater rates that were initially predicted. What does that mean for coastal areas like the Gulf Coast? Rising sea levels make the Gulf Coast more vulnerable to storm surge associated with hurricanes, said Dr. Torbjorn Tornqvist, chairman of the Tulane University Department of Earth and Environmental Science, who has ...

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Ocean Springs growing with two new developments

By ALEXIS WILLIAMS Ocean Springs is poised for two new developments, both located on Highway 90, which will bring more jobs, more housing options and more retail to the Gulf Coast city. In east Ocean Springs, Tractor Supply Co. is currently under construction and plans to open in August.  A nationally known brand, Tractor Supply Co. is the largest operator of ...

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MCS insulation has ribbon cutting as it expands to the Gulf Coast

MCS Insulation announced its grand opening and ribbon cutting of its new location at 14321 Seaway Road, Suite C5 in Gulfport on Thursday. MCS Insulation customers are thrilled their insulation purchases are more easily accessible now. The company sells and installs fiberglass and spray foam insulation, a staple in home building. “We’ve used MCS Insulation on a few jobs and ...

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Breazeale joins MCS

Jessica Breazeale of Wesson recently joined MCS Building Supply and MSC Insulation in Sumrall where Breazeale is heading public relations and marketing initiatives. MCS is owned by former State Rep. Hank Lott. Breazeale will also launch marketing and Public Relations campaigns at Covington Ridge Retirement Home in Collins and Magnolia Place in Sumrall, where Lott’s wife, Melinda, is administrator. Breazeale will oversee website management, social ...

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NASA’s Stennis Space Center earns agency’s Small Business Administrator’s Cup Award

NASA’s Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis has been awarded the agency’s fiscal year (FY) 2016 NASA Small Business Administrator’s Cup. The award is presented annually to recognize the NASA center that has the best overall small business program. It is the second time Stennis has earned the cup in the award’s eight-year history. Stennis first received the cup ...

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MDMR begins program to rebuild oyster reefs

The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources this week began a program to rebuild and revitalize oyster reefs in the western Mississippi Sound. Employees and contractors started a multi-phase project to plant 350 acres of cultch material on several reefs over the next few weeks. “The purpose of this project is to restore Mississippi’s oyster reefs and increase future production,” said ...

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Visits to Mississippi Gulf Coast are on the upswing

By ALEXIS WILLIAMS Coast tourism leaders are touting improved numbers for 2016, saying that 6.2 million people visited the Mississippi Gulf Coast last year.  Their goal of 7 million visitors by 2020 is well within reach and hopefully attainable before then. “We truly believe that one voice is working,” said Renee Areng, Executive Director of Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast.  Areng notes ...

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The Roost brings new rooms and restaurant to downtown Ocean Springs

By ALEXIS WILLIAMS On the west end of Ocean Springs, steps from a vibrant downtown and beautiful Front Beach is a historic building recently renovated for mixed-use as a charming boutique hotel, casual restaurant and office space.  Built in 1894, the building formerly known as The Porter House was purchased and renovated by Joe and Jessica Cloyd, Roxy and Ted Condrey, ...

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