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Mississippi shortage of construction workers becoming more acute

By BECKY GILLETTE With U.S. unemployment rates at the lowest levels seen in 17 years, the shortage of Mississippi construction workers has gone from bad to worse. Mississippi Construction Education Foundation (MCEF) President Mike Barkett said the construction worker shortage has become more acute because the economy has picked up. “There are more and more opportunities for construction contracts, but ...

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Mississippi homes sales good despite increasing interest rates

By BECKY GILLETTE Predictions that the housing market in Mississippi would be good for both buyers and sellers this year apparently have been borne out despite higher mortgage interest rates and concerns about a short supply of homes available for sale, particularly in the affordable range. Mississippi Realtors President for 2018, Karen Glass, who is also a managing broker for ...

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Hollemans opening second Fleet Feet location in Jackson Metro area

By BECKY GILLETTE Customers in the Jackson metro area will soon have two locations to choose from if they want to visit a store that specializes in “inspiring and empowering the runner in everyone.” Lesley and Matthew Holleman own and operate Fleet Feet in Ridgeland, and plan on opening a second location in Flowood by Thanksgiving. The 1,956-square-foot store will ...

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SUPER SIX — These companies help lead the way for economic development in Mississippi

By BECKY GILLETTE With revenues of about $3 billion, Ergon Inc. (ergon.com) tops the list of Mississippi Business Journal Top Private Companies in Mississippi for 2018. The family owned and operated petroleum industry business headquartered in Jackson was founded in 1954. Ergon companies are engaged in a wide range of operations including sophisticated crude oil processing, marketing naphthenic and paraffinic ...

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Katrina B. Myricks celebrates being cancer free for five years

By BECKY GILLETTE Five years ago, a diagnosis of breast cancer for Katrina B. Myricks of Madison, a professor in the business department of Holmes Community College, came from out of the blue. “I did not have any idea I had breast cancer,” Myricks said. “I never felt a lump. It was the mammogram that caught it. I had a ...

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Metastatic breast cancer survival rates increasing

By BECKY GILLETTE It the past, the average survival rates for a woman diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer used to be two to three years. “Now we have added a year or two to the median survival rates for metastatic breast cancer,” said Dr. Shou-Ching Tang, associate director of Clinical and Translational Research and professor of Medicine and Pharmacology /Toxicology ...

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An MBA is still relevant even in a tight job market

Faye Gilbert The Master of Business Administration degree is considered one of the most important and respected degrees for people from a wide variety of different types of business to pursue. But with today’s tight employment office, does it make sense to get an MBA or would it be better just to go into the job market? “While the job ...

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SBA puts stronger focus on small population areas with Rural Strong Initiative

By BECKY GILLETTE LaRosa The Rural Strong Initiative by the Small Business Administration (SBA) will put a stronger focus on nonurban areas of America, which includes small businesses in those areas throughout the country, said SBA Mississippi District Director Janita Stewart. Stewart said the Rural Strong Initiative Is particularly important for Mississippi with the state being so rural. The SBA ...

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TOP OF HIS GAME — Cleveland native Bentley Tibbs a top single-family home architect in Dallas

By BECKY GILLETTE Cleveland native Bentley Tibbs, AIA, grew up in Cleveland and spent a lot of his childhood on the family farm 20 miles away called Hushpuckena. He and his brothers still have the farm, but Tibbs lives and works in Dallas, Texas, where he is a prominent single-family home architect. After high school, Tibbs started out at Rhodes ...

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