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ALAN TURNER — The value of urban forestry

As Executive Director of the Mississippi Urban Forestry Council, Donna Yowell is a true cheerleader for the virtues and benefits of urban forestry. The MUFC is a non-profit organization working closely with communities all over Mississippi, providing assistance in planning and implementation for urban forestry programs, storm water management, park planning, and horticulture therapy. “A well managed program will have ...

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ALAN TURNER: Great golf, just around the corner

I talked recently with Steve Jent, Tournament Director for the Sanderson Farms Championship which is now coming up, just around the corner. This year’s tournament will be held at the Jackson Country Club on October 22-28. From Steve’s description, it looks to be another great year for the tournament. Steve Jent “We’ll have more than 130 players this year,” he ...

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ALAN TURNER — The MCEE: Planting the seeds for success

ALAN TURNER The mission of the Mississippi Council on Economic Education is helping to educate young people about economics, finance, and business. There are many success stories of young folks who have been inspired to become economically literate, making important choices about their career objectives, and some who became successful entrepreneurs while still in high school. Others have developed a ...

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ALAN TURNER — A strong dash of optimism

ALAN TURNER One can certainly find many opinions about the future of Jackson, and many of these are not exactly what we might think of a “sanguine.” However, there are others who are actually positive about some of the things going on in Jackson and Mississippi as a whole. One of those is newly appointed Regions Bank executive Robert Leard, ...

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ALAN TURNER — Adding up the benefits of healthy workplaces

There are many reasons why employers should adopt and support workplace wellness programs for their employees, but for our purposes, let’s consider just two of these. First, workplace wellness programs make major contributions to the health and happiness of employees and their families, and in many cases, have actually saved lives. More on this later in this article. Second, workplace ...

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ALAN TURNER — The importance of quality local journalism

Today, we’ve all heard the use of the term “fake news”. This is a term that was virtually unknown until recent years, just as the words “Google”, “Facebook”, and “Twitter” were unknown just a few years ago. There is no way to over-emphasize the importance of trustworthy, accurate news and information to a free and democratic nation. There is also ...

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MISSISSIPPI BUSINESS SHOWCASE — Can a business be big and yet maintain the “personal touch”? United Healthcare says yes

In a recent conversation with Joseph Ochipinti, CEO for the Gulf States Region of United Healthcare, we talked about of health care in the United States. Joseph was named CEO of the Gulf States Region in 2016, and he oversees United’s operations in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama. In total, the company serves over 1.8 million members in those states, and ...

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ALAN TURNER — Stuart Whitaker: In the swing of things

A few years back, Stuart Whitaker was bitten by the entrepreneurial bug, and has never recovered. After growing up in Garland, Texas, and graduating from Baylor, “I married a Mississippi girl, and here I am,” he said in a recent conversation. Stuart built a successful career in technology, working for a variety of tech companies and finally working for Mossy Oak ...

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ALAN TURNER: Clouding the real issues in health care

After the hullabaloo in Congress over the effort to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, it still seems obvious that the real and underlying issues surrounding health care in America are somehow not coming to the forefront. Here are a few basics: 1) We all want quality health care; 2) We all want to live longer and healthier lives; ...

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