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OUR VIEW: Running blind into a convention hotel deal

Robinson Callen Development’s proposal for a long-awaited convention hotel in Jackson just may be the “dream come true” that many local officials say it is. But like most dreams, this one is unfolding in a chaotic fashion and offering up more than a few unanswered questions. First, why is the $60 million deal moving at the speed of light with ...

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’The document’: Crunk spells out his vision for the future of R.J. Young

For Chip Crunk, president and CEO of R.J. Young, it’s all about the “document.” In a recent meeting with Crunk, we discussed how R.J. Young has evolved as a company through its 58-year history. “We are focused on the management, utilization, support and security of documents,” he said. “Even though we live in an increasingly digitized world, in a strange ...

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Restaurants beating back the recession

The Mississippi restaurant industry has climbed back from the hit it took during the recent recession to show $3.2 billion in sales in the most recent fiscal year, up six percent from the previous year. Employment was up by 2.9 percent to a total of 80,835. “The rest of the story is that 80,835 figure puts us only back to ...

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New tax ruling could give Department of Revenue huge appeal advantage

A June 20 decision by the Mississippi Supreme Court in a tax dispute between Equifax Credit Information Services and the Mississippi Department of Revenue severely damages the rights of taxpayers, said an attorney who practices tax law. The dispute arose over the company’s tax liability to the state. Using the standard apportionment method, Equifax computed its tax liability as zero. ...

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Pickering Firm names owners

Pickering Firm Inc. has named new principal and associate principal owners. The new principal owners are Mike Foster, PE, Rick Ferguson, PE, and Dan Townsend, PE. Foster, senior civil Engineer, Hernando office, is a graduate of Arkansas State University and has 21 years of experience. Ferguson, senior bridge engineer, Flowood office, is a graduate of the University of Mississippi and ...

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Company, using MSU technology, plan biocrude production facility

Mississippi State University has granted a commercialization license to a Jackson-based company for a technology developed and owned by the university. The technology extracts oil from microorganisms. Bio Energy Spectrum Solutions, LLC, received the exclusive right to commercialize MSU’s patented technology involving extracting biocrude from oleaginous microorganisms, which are found in wastewater treatment facilities. The microorganisms accumulate oil similar to ...

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WILLOUGHBY: Jim Koerber sees success through hard work

One of my mentors regularly comments regarding growing a service business — “It is about expertise and relationships!” That is sage advice for anyone trying to grow and expand a business in this competitive marketplace. Having personally been involved in growing a few startup service related businesses, I appreciate the opportunity to interview leaders who have defied the odds and ...

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BOOK BIZ: Exciting first novel from Kent Wascom

The accolades are rolling in for 27-year-old Kent Wascom’s first novel, The Blood of Heaven. I’ve been amazed in recent years by the plethora of debut novels that garner high praise. However, young Wascom’s book is rising to the top of the heap. Here’s what Publishers Weekly’s Steve Yarbrough had to say. “When you read as many contemporary novels as ...

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Stacey Pickering elected to committee

State Auditor Stacey Pickering has been elected to serve on the Executive Committee of the National State Auditors Association (NSAA). The six-member Executive Committee serves as the governing body of NSAA. The organization unites State Auditors across the country. NSAA also works to foster improvement in state government though promotion of the observance of professional auditing standards, improving management control ...

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