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Free sandwiches score big

We hollered, cheered and clapped in excitement as Alabama won over Virginia Tech in a much anticipated battle of national powers. It was first meaningful football game of the new season and was billed as the second annual Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at Atlanta’s Georgia Dome last Saturday. Then, just as instructed during the ABC telecast, we ate as guests of ...

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Web site approval is appreciated

Thanks. Your approval and acceptance of our new web site is appreciated. Though we know there are dozens of ways to improve it, I must say we’re proud of the inaugural package, believe it better serves the Mississippi business community and have plans to expand it gradually as we seek to add to its value and usefulness to you. Take ...

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Playing the numbers game

Astatistician I am not.  But when annual sales tax receipts for the State of Mississippi were released a few weeks back, I couldn’t help but gaze at the numbers, make a few comparisons and even generate a couple of amateur opinions based on what appear reasonably clear assumptions.  Remember, as you read, the word amateur. Trained, educated officials in state ...

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Washington faces similar issues to Mississippi

O dds and ends, bits and pieces, scattered news topics and a suggestion or two after spending six days in our nation’s capital — not only is it the most powerful city in the world, it’s home for many with a number of the same issues facing us in Mississippi.   The governing D.C. Council, for the third time this year, just ...

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Tale of Two Cities

The City of Jackson can create a successful revitalization program in its central business district just like the one now shared by neighboring Baton Rouge, La., and East Baton Rouge parish. More than 60 Jackson area business and civic leaders heard that message often last week, spending parts of two days in the Louisiana capital, admiring the progress in person ...

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Talking Mississippi tourism

Talking tourism with Craig Ray is akin to getting that proverbial sip of water from a fire hydrant. You better be ready.   And that’s a good thing.   A former special assistant to the president and deputy director of advance for event coordination with frequent flier miles on Air Force One during the Bush years, Ray, as director of the tourism ...

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MSU’s own, Keenum knows what university needs to succeed

When Dr. Mark Keenum was named the 19th president of Mississippi State University, he pledged to become a strong voice for the state’s land-grant university, telling the school’s story wherever possible to whoever would listen. Six months into his tenure, he is fulfilling the pledge and with the smile you might expect from a man who was born in Starkville, ...

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Legislature missed an opportunity

Months ago, before the economy plunged into its current state, a novel idea aimed at luring new industry and creating hundreds of jobs for both Mississippi and Alabama surfaced.   The theory, if I recall correctly, was that the two states would work closely together, identify an East Mississippi-West Alabama corridor of mutually beneficial  geographic  interest in the Meridian area, plan ...

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Mayoral choice impacts entire state

S everal points appear obvious as the Democratic primary for Jackson’s mayoral race enters its final stages. The turnout, weather cooperating, should be large. A field of 12 hopefuls would seem to guarantee voter turnout will exceed the 44,556-count that participated four years ago in the same party primary. Add to that list the names of 37 candidates who seek one ...

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OPINION: Mayoral choice impacts entire state

Several points appear obvious as the Democratic primary for Jackson’s mayoral race enters its final stages. The turnout, weather cooperating, should be large. A field of 12 hopefuls would seem to guarantee voter turnout will exceed the 44,556-count that participated four years ago in the same party primary. Add to that list the names of 37 candidates who seek one ...

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