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ALAN TURNER — Newspapers and our American heritage


“Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.” – Thomas Jefferson As we approach another 4th of July, it would be good to pause for a few minutes in our busy lives and reflect on all of the ...

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ALAN TURNER — Are smart phones making us dumber?

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Twenty years ago, you would have noticed almost no one carrying, texting, or speaking on a cell phone. That’s because there weren’t many around. Today, try and find someone who doesn’t have a cell phone. That would be like searching for the proverbial needle in the haystack. For better or worse, we’re all “tethered” to those phones that live in ...

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ALAN TURNER — The high cost of poor transportation


From a business perspective, Mississippi has much to recommend. We have a real advantage in terms of our location on the Gulf Coast, and we’re strategically positioned to serve not only the Deep South, but the Midwest and Southwest as well. We have some of the richest agricultural land in the world, along with great timber resources. Unlike other states ...

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Dobbs promoted to CEO for Merit Health Mississippi


By ALAN TURNER After serving as CEO for Merit Health’s Central Mississippi facilities, Steve Dobbs has been promoted to CEO for all of Merit’s operations throughout the state of Mississippi. Dobbs is relatively new to Mississippi, arriving in 2015 after a career spanning decades in health care in Oklahoma, Florida, and Kansas. “I’m extremely excited about this new opportunity,” he said ...

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ALAN TURNER — Equity crowdfunding comes to Mississippi

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Entrepreneurs often share one tough obstacle: the difficulty in obtaining capital funding for their ventures. Banks and traditional lending institutions are often reticent to provide funds for enterprises which have a generally high failure rate, so unfortunately, many worthy businesses simply never make it to the launch stage. One trend that has been spreading in recent years is the concept ...

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ALAN TURNER — The Solutions Team: heads in ‘the cloud’

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Mississippi Solutions Team CEO Todd Gooden came to Mississippi in 1994, working for AT&T.  By 1995, he had been bitten by the entrepreneurial bug and started a technology business serving the needs of schools and colleges. He looks back to a time when most people were skeptical about the Internet, and “some people didn’t want anything to do with email,” ...

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ALAN TURNER — LUBA Workers’ Comp reaps the reward of entrepreneurial success in a tight business (with video)

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I had the opportunity recently to spend some time with David Bondy, CEO of LUBA Workers’ Comp, and we discussed not only the current state of workers’ comp insurance, but other issues related to health care and business in general. Born and raised in a small town north of Baton Rouge, David said he “was the son of two LSU ...

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ALAN TURNER — Madison County a vision for growth


It’s really great to be back in Mississippi.  I had forgotten how many good friends I have in this state,” Dr. Lance Nail told us recently at the 2015 Vision Celebration, sponsored by the Madison County Business League & Foundation and the Madison County Economic Development Authority. Lance was the keynote speaker at the event, which was held at the ...

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Nan Morrison: a passion for financial literacy (WITH VIDEO)

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By ALAN TURNER Growing up on Long Island, Nan Morrison, president and CEO of the Council for Economic Education, says that she first learned about financial literacy from her father, who owned several radio stations in New York. She also acquired a love of numbers, and wound up with a degree in Applied Mathematics from Yale University, finishing magna cum ...

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ALAN TURNER — Polly Dement: celebrating Mississippi entrepreneurs (with video)

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Polly Dement, author of Mississippi Entrepreneurs, grew up in Vicksburg and learned her chosen craft of writing partly as a result of her education at Millsaps, where she was fortunate enough to attend some of the Welty seminars when the author was writer-in-residence there. From there, she wound up spending the next 30 years in Washington, D.C., where she worked ...

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