Mississippian Donna Tartt wins Pulitzer Prize for fiction with 'The Goldfinch'

With the announcement this week of Donna Tartt capturing the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, another star is added to Mississippi’s literary crown. She won for the epic The Goldfinch, a 758-word novel that has been among the most popular and celebrated novels of 2013. This book, Tartt’s third, has also been nominated for a National […]

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Bomgar Insider honored for effective use of social media

Joel Bomgar JACKSON — Bomgar has been named a winner in the 2014 Forrester Groundswell Awards for its customer advocacy program, the Bomgar Insider. The Forrester Groundswell Awards recognize excellence in the effective use of social technologies to drive business success. Bomgar was named the winner in the Social Reach Marketing (B2B) category during the…

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U.S. credit union assets grow to over $1 trillion but fewer CUs surviving

Jimmy Smith Credit union numbers have declined steadily in Mississippi and across the country in the last 25 years. But money is flowing into the surviving ones at increasing amounts. From 2006 to 2010, the number of federally insured credit unions nationally went from 8,362 to 7,339. At the same time, assets ballooned from $710…

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Running luxury car dealerships, like Mercedes of Jackson, comes naturally to Trudy Higginbotham Moody

Trudy Higginbotham Moody, who owns a Mercedes dealership in Jackson, stands in front of her newest dealership in Collierville, Tenn. Trudy Higginbotham Moody comes by her interest in car dealerships naturally. She grew up working at dealerships in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., owned by her father, Dennis Higginbotham. Moody started out with menial cleaning jobs…

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Entergy Corporation ups earnings expectations

NEW ORLEANS — Entergy Corporation expects first quarter 2014 as-reported earnings of approximately $2.23 per share and operational earnings of approximately $2.28 per share. Results for first quarter 2013 were $0.90 per share on an as-reported basis and $0.94 per share on an operational basis. First quarter 2014 earnings resulted from significantly higher realized wholesale…

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Dr. Hannah Gay: One year later — UMMC doctor looks back — and ahead — at breakthrough HIV treatment

Dr. Hannah Gay,University of Mississippi Medical Center It has been a busy, full year since Hannah Gay, M.D. at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, and her colleagues first discussed publicly the case of the Mississippi baby HIV case. The child is now 3 years old and still free of HIV. “We’re excited and feel…

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ALAN TURNER — McClain Lodge is an entrepreneurial family affair

Joni and Buddy McClain are tested, successful entrepreneurs after forming a company operating more than 60 Sonic locations and opening the McClain Lodge. Joni and Buddy McClain are a great Mississippi success story. When we met recently at their property, the McClain Lodge (located on Clark Creek Road in Brandon), we discussed their various business…

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BBB issues warning involving asphalt paving scam

JACKSON — The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is urging consumers to beware of a scam involving door-to-door salesmen offering low-cost quotes on asphalt paving. Over the past week, BBB has received calls and complaints from local consumers who were approached by salesmen offering to pave driveways for very low costs, claiming to use asphalt “left-over”…

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Mississippi State makes NSF ranking of research universities

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University continues to rank among the nation’s top research universities, according to a new survey by the National Science Foundation. The recently released NSF Higher Education Research and Development Survey for Fiscal Year 2012 places the university at 92nd overall among public and private institutions, based on $233.2 million in total…

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Specialty Crop Block Grants now available through MDAC

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce is now accepting proposals for Mississippi’s FY 2014 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. The purpose of the program is to enhance the competitiveness of Mississippi’s specialty crop industry. Projects funded through the program must address at least one of the following priority areas: research, education/training/technical assistance,…

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