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C Spire draws new Ridgeland ‘fiberhood’ maps for 1 Gbps Fiber to Home service

RIDGELAND, Mississippi  — C Spire says more areas in Ridgeland are poised to qualify for the company’s 100 times faster consumer broadband Internet service now that new “fiberhood” maps have been published on C Spire’s company’s fiber to the home website. The new maps, which debuted Friday, reduce the size of several fiberhoods and the corresponding number of households needed ...

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Analysis: LGBT group faces Miss. political hurdles

A national civil rights group called Human Rights Campaign faces significant challenges as it tries to make Mississippi’s legal climate more open for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents. HRC recently announced that it will spend $8.5 million for its “Project One America” in Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas, which currently have no laws to prohibit people from being fired from ...

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BOOK BIZ: A native son writes movingly about Detroit’s downfall

The fascinating story of Detroit’s rise and subsequent fall — and whatever the future holds for the city and its beleaguered residents — is something we’ll likely be analyzing for years to come. It’s stunning, really, when you think about the fact that at one point Detroit was the nation’s richest big city, and is now its poorest. It leads ...

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WILLOUGHBY: David Shaw leads tech research

In my executive coaching practice, I often analyze with my clients the constant barrage of demands on their time. One of the most influential books to me on this topic is a short work by author Charles Hummel titled Tyranny of the Urgent! For a successful leader, there are always more demands on your time than you can respond. Unfortunately, ...

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‘Proud to call it home’: Richland looks to grow community spirit

There are three faces of the Rankin County city of Richland, two of which are readily visible from U.S. Highway 49. In the north half of the city, its two industrial parks and the transportation/trucking-related businesses clustered around them are bustling, and the busy retail corridor in the heart of the city attracts not only travelers but customers from surrounding ...

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Java and community: Drip Drop Coffee Shop makes splash

It appears to be a perfect match — a small city wants to enhance its sense of community, and a couple of local entrepreneur-brothers want to build a business where people come together. The Drip Drop Coffee Shop held its grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony last week in Richland to a packed house of well-wishers and supporters. The mayor, aldermen ...

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Liz Young

Though she grew up in Texas, Liz Young came to Mississippi to attend the University of Mississippi. She fell in love with the state and decided to make it her home. Today, Young is the youth market director for the Mississippi chapter of the American Heart Association, and feels that it is her job to be an ambassador for her ...

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Sara Harrison White

Sara Harrison White is an assistant vice president and trust officer in the Trustmark Wealth Management Personal Trust department. White received her B.A. from the University of Southern Mississippi where she was a member of the NCAA Women’s Tennis Team and was awarded Academic Excellence Among College Athletes. She received her J.D. from Mississippi College School of Law, and studied ...

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Chad Wallace

Chad Wallace is the digital communications specialist for Belhaven University. Responsible for the overall digital marketing efforts for the university, he also assists with various technology, marketing and public relations initiatives that have helped spur Belhaven to record enrollments. Since Wallace joined the staff, Belhaven has won multiple awards from the College Public Relations Association of Mississippi. Before going to ...

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Vince Vavrunek

As both a business owner and resident, Vince Vavrunek heartily supports all things Mississippi. Vavrunek owns Brandon’s SERVPRO franchise, a business that has grown 125 percent since the New Orleans native opened his doors in 2008. Starting with one SERVPRO truck and two employees, Vavrunek now has nine trucks and 11 employees operating in the Jackson metropolitan market. He makes ...

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