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History, Civil Rights museums anticipate Dec. 9 openings

By BECKY GILLETTE mbj@msbusiness.com The Mississippi Department of Archives and History recently held a sneak preview of the long-anticipated two Mississippi Museums — the new Museum of Mississippi History (MMH) and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum (MCRM) at 222 North St. Groundbreaking on the museums was in October 2013, and the work to obtain artifacts that illustrate the state’s rich history ...

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USM makes waves graduating first Unmanned Maritime Systems class in U.S. history

By BECKY GILLETTE It has been said that the ocean is the last frontier for exploration on Earth. According to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), only about five percent of the ocean has been explored. And just as aerial drones have revolutionized flight, underwater robotic vehicles are revolutionizing ocean research, defense and natural resources exploration. But, until recently, ...

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KEEPING IT TOGETHER — Large mergers take work, communication and similar cultures

By BECKY GILLETTE Mississippi has seen two big mergers of late that affect tens of thousands of employees, customers and patients. Baptist Medical Center of Jackson and Baptist Memorial Health Care of Memphis merged May 1 creating one of the largest healthcare providers in the mid-South — Baptist Memorial Health Care. And Metropolitan Bank merged with one of the biggest ...

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Fewer homes for sale favor sellers

By BECKY GILLETTE Nationwide, existing home sales dropped 2.3 percent in April, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR). That was pegged to lower availability rather than lack of demand. NAR said the total number of homes for sale has dropped 9 percent in the past year. “Nationally, low inventory is a hot topic,” said David M. Griffith, 2017 ...

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Technology changing Mississippi construction industry at a dizzying pace

By BECKY GILLETTE Technology innovations such as drones, driverless vehicles and 3D printers are radically changing how buildings are constructed these days, and will do so even more in the future. That is both good and bad, depending on your perspective. While technology is making construction safer and, in some cases, better, it is also eliminating jobs. Associated General Contractors ...

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Slowboat Brewing Co. owner says the future is ‘bubbly’

By BECKY GILLETTE Kenny and Carrie Mann are making things happen in downtown Laurel. The young couple left their 9-5 jobs to follow their dreams of owning a brewery. “And they are doing an incredible job,” said Jim Rasberry, chairman of the Economic Development Authority (EDA) of Jones County. Slowboat Brewing Company distributed its first batches of beer on Dec. ...

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SPECIAL REPORT: Rising sea levels pose business challenges for the Mississippi Gulf Coast

By BECKY GILLETTE Sea levels around the world are rising at greater rates that were initially predicted. What does that mean for coastal areas like the Gulf Coast? Rising sea levels make the Gulf Coast more vulnerable to storm surge associated with hurricanes, said Dr. Torbjorn Tornqvist, chairman of the Tulane University Department of Earth and Environmental Science, who has ...

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Cloud accounting software not expected to replace CPAs

By BECKY GILLETTE Is cloud accounting software going to put a big hurt on CPAs and accountants? There are some predictions that by the end of 2017, more than 90 percent of small and medium-sized businesses will be using cloud accounting software. It’s convenient, it’s inexpensive and user-friendly. But Dr. Shawn Mauldin, CPA, director of the Mississippi State University Adkerson ...

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