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ALAN TURNER – Hibbett Neel: Engineering for growth

Hibbett Neel is president and CEO of Neel-Schaffer.

Recently, I had the opportunity to spend some time with Hibbett Neel, President and CEO of Neel-Schaffer, and learn about his long business success, the company, and some of Mississippi’s infrastructure needs. Born in Smyrna, Tenn., Hibbett defined himself as “the black sheep of the family,” as he chose a career path that was somewhat different than what his family ...

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A new concept for Mississippi: The medical resort

medical tourism

By ALAN TURNER Mississippi cardiologist Dr. Zilin Wang is bringing an interesting new concept to the Mississippi health care field: the medical resort. Just what is a medical resort? Basically, it’s a process in which Dr. Wang provides cardiovascular treatment to patients who come to Mississippi from China, and some from Japan.  These patients are generally affluent business people who ...

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ALAN TURNER — Roy Campbell: Incoming president of the Mississippi Bar Association

Roy Campbell, partner with Jackson law firm Bradley Arant Boult Cummings and incoming president of the Mississippi Bar Association, is a third generation lawyer who grew up in Greenville, Mississippi, took his law degree from the University of Mississippi, and has served in the law profession for over 38 years. Primarily a litigator, Roy has handled many high profile cases ...

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ALAN TURNER — Glenn McCullough taking on the challenge of Mississippi’s economic development


  This past week, we had the opportunity to meet with Glenn McCullough, the new head of the MDA, to discuss some of his thoughts and perspectives on energizing Mississippi’s economic development effort. A lifelong Mississippian who was born in Tupelo, Glenn is no stranger to either public or private business. After graduating from Tupelo public schools and Mississippi State ...

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ALAN TURNER — Kemper: A bird’s eye view

A look at the Kemper County Coal Plant from the top. The plant will be tasked with mining lignite coal a few hundred yards away from the plant. That coal is moved through a process that will convert it to syngas. The syngas is then used to drive the energy output of the plant, and the resulting electricity is then moved into the grid.

On June 19, I accepted an invitation from Mississippi Power to visit their Kemper facility, and get an “up close and personal” view of the plant and how it works. Notwithstanding all of the controversy the construction of Kemper has caused in recent years, the actual working of the plant is deceptively simple. Basically, lignite coal is mined a few ...

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ALAN TURNER: Kemper coal plant essentially complete

View of plant facing west at sunset.

We had an opportunity recently to visit with Lee Youngblood, who handles communications for Mississippi Power Co., and learned that the Kemper facility is essentially complete and ready for final testing and certification. “Once that’s done, we expect to see the facility up and running and doing what it’s supposed to do, by early 2016,” he said. Earlier in his ...

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ALAN TURNER — Watkins & Eager: Spanning 3 centuries

Paul H. Stephensen III

There aren’t very many companies that can claim to have operated in 3 different centuries.  The Jackson law firm of Watkins & Eager is a firm that has accomplished that. The firm traces its roots back to 1895, when William Watkins began practicing law in Jackson.  He later partnered up with Pat Eager, and the firm has been in operation ...

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ALAN TURNER: The benefits of healthy workplaces

As we are all aware, Mississippi ranks at or near the bottom among the states in a number of vital health statistics, including diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease and cancer.  Although we have excellent health care facilities in our state, it should be noted that great health care alone cannot change our current poor rankings. The answer can probably best be ...

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ALAN TURNER: Joel Bomgar an entrepreneur and budding politician

  At 35, Joel Bomgar has accomplished more than most business professionals achieve in a lifetime.  He took a concept he came up with in his undergraduate years at Belhaven, and started a company with that concept in the very next week after he graduated. The rest was a very fast forwarded record of success that took the company from ...

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