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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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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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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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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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TROTTER: Social security claiming strategies

Today almost half of those filing for Social Security benefits do so at age 62, the earliest age to which the law makes eligible. Some choose to delay benefits and postpone using their retirement savings as an income source. Others apply out of necessity; their financial situation leaves them little choice. Weighing everything involved, what are your thoughts to this ...

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CRAWFORD: Taint of tyranny infecting our Medicaid standoff?

The dictionary defines tyranny as oppressive power exerted by government. Founder Thomas Jefferson warned, “Experience hath shown, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.” Is a taint of tyranny infecting our Medicaid standoff? Compare the Senate’s actions with those of the House and the ...

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