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Fixing leaks and turning back old age: Capitol getting specialized face lift

JACKSON, Mississippi – The Mississippi State Capitol building here is getting its first restoration and repair in 30 years, the state Department of Finance & Administration said in announcing the start of the 2-year, $6.9 million project. Work crews are installing massive construction scaffolding that will envelop different parts of the 110- year-old structure over the next two years.  It’s ...

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BOOK BIZ — Story of Japanese brides told with pathos and beauty

Published in 2011, this book is a gem and at only 129 pages can be quickly devoured and enjoyed. It may be small in length, but it’s big on thought-provoking pathos. Otsuka uses the plural first-person voice — not an easy writing mechanism — to convey the collective, and yet individual, experience of a group of young Japanese women brought ...

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Kimberla Little not looking back after career change

Working in human resources was not Kimberla Little’s plan. However, when a door opened for the Jackson native to work for Regions Bank, she took the opportunity and hasn’t looked back, rising to become assistant vice president, human resources for Regions Financial Corporation. “My desire was to establish a career in pharmaceutical sales,” she recalls. “I was working in a ...

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It all changed with Katrina

The first Mississippi coastal wind residual market was created by the Legislature in 1972 stemming from a lack of voluntary market options partially as a result of Hurricane Camille losses incurred in 1969.  The first version covered both fire and wind/hail perils, but the plan was amended in 1987 to include wind and hail only while the voluntary market accepted ...

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JEFFREY GITOMER — You cannot ignore the present. It’s where your sales are!

My sales perspective flies in the face of traditional selling. And it’s not just a disruption, it’s the new way of sales. What’s your perspective? Here are seven realities to get your thinking started: FIRST REALITY: Traditional selling is aggressive – telling, pitching, manipulating, and closing. This old-world approach to sales is over and has been for more than a ...

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SPENCER RITCHIE — Compromise is not a four-letter word

A guest column in this paper recently contended that federal spending and its detrimental effects was the most important issue in Mississippi’s Republican primary election for United States Senate. I absolutely concur on the importance of this issue. As the father of two children under four and another due in August, I am greatly distressed thinking of the deficits and ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Commencement speeches we will never hear

The 2014 graduation season will be remembered for speeches not made. And that is not a good thing. It is not new for students to protest against the selection of graduation speakers. During the 1960’s, students spoke out and criticized at graduation ceremonies to protest the U.S. involvement in Vietnam. Things settled down for a decade or so, but lately ...

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ALAN TURNER: Farewell to the orange and blue of Southwest Airlines

As we reported previously, Southwest Airlines has left Jackson for greener pastures. Most of us in Jackson are probably sorry to see those orange and blue planes fly away and not return, because it’s bound to limit our travel options, potentially increase costs, and generally take away some measure of convenience.  A great airport is essential to the growth and ...

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