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BOOK BIZ: This book is calling all readers who love Tuscany

If, like many people, you’re enamored with Tuscany, you’ll want to read this book when it’s released in mid-June. It’s a biography of an amazing woman who lived in Italy from the time of the unification of the Italian states in the 19th century (Risorgimento) to the rise of fascism. We feature a lot of fiction in Book Biz, but ...

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WILLOUGHBY: Russ Davis making difference with SchoolStatus

As a kid, I remember seeing people with metal detectors scouring the beach looking for “treasure.” I sometimes feel like those treasure hunters as I keep my eyes open for rising entrepreneurs in this state. In the late 1990s, I spent some time in Silicon Valley during the boom times. I really enjoyed the energy and big dreams that people ...

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WOODS: Time to put gloves on for handgrabbing

If you like to get bitten by the mouth that feeds you, it may be time to take up the sport of catfish handgrabbing. The season officially opened on May 1st and runs through the 15th of July. That is more than enough time to get up the nerve to stick your hand into the mouth of a giant river ...

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John Damon leads Children's Home Services' efforts to help kids thrive

Dr. John D. Damon is the CEO of Mississippi Children’s Home Services in Jackson. Damon has been with MCHS for 20 years. He received his bachelor of science degree in psychology from Mississippi College, his master of arts in marriage and family therapy from Reformed Theological Seminary, his doctor of philosophy in clinical psychology from Jackson State University and completed ...

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C Spire activates 4G LTE in Canton

C Spire Wireless recently activated 4G LTE service on a new cell site in Canton expanding and filling in coverage on the high-speed data network it launched last December for the city. 4G LTE allows C Spire customers to download apps and game faster, open files almost instantly, do real-time video chat, surf the mobile web, stream movies, music and ...

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How to benefit from modest estate planning

While only the wealthiest individuals need to invest in “Cadillac” estate planning for the purpose of minimizing estate taxes, many others can benefit from estate planning more on an economy car level. People who need estate planning that might include complicated trusts are those with assets in excess of $5.25 million for an individual or $10.5 million for a married ...

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Bank vaults have changed with the times but are still tough

The old Hollywood stereotype of a bank vault filled with stacks of cash protected behind a massive door is mostly going by the wayside. Instead of keeping large cash inventories in one place, banks spread the money around to branches or wherever else customers need it. That reduces risk and the cost of maintaining a cash inventory, giving the bank ...

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KEEPING OUR EYE ON: Elizabeth Harris

Age: 30 Position: Director, District & Alumni Partnerships, Company: Teach For America Laurel native Elizabeth Harris- known to her friends as “Biz”- says she always wanted to be an attorney until she worked for a public defender in Washington D.C. and realized she wanted to fight for one of the biggest issues facing the defendants: education. “I’m committed to helping ...

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Fervor grows for Tuscaloosa Marine Shale

Mississippi’s leaders expect a parade of oil drillers to converge on the southwest corner of the state and are happy to cover the cost of striking up the marching music. When a potential to fill seven billion barrels awaits, let’s get cracking, they say. So far, state officials are getting the answer they wanted when they extended a lucrative tax ...

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WISEMAN: Municipalities are beachheads of opportunity

In a recent Tuesday the streets of many of our municipalities were lined with fellow citizens and supporters of mayoral, aldermanic and council candidates waving signs and banners in behalf of their favorites. It was gratifying to see such an outpouring because in many of these towns the stakes are perhaps higher than they have ever been before. As an ...

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