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Hattiesburg’s The First Bancshares announces the acquisition of Iberville Bank and Gulf Coast Community Bank

The First Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: FBMS), holding company for The First, A National Banking Association, (www.thefirstbank.com), based in Hattiesburg, has announced that it has acquired Gulf Coast Community Bank, based in Pensacola, FL and Iberville Bank, based in Plaquemine, LA. » READ THE COMPLETE STORY at Hattiesburg Business Today

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Campaign finance high on agenda for session

By BOBBY HARRISON JACKSON – Legislators, stinging from criticism they received during the 2016 session for their inability to pass campaign finance reform, no doubt will place a priority on the issue during the 2017 session, starting at noon today. Both Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, who presides over the Senate, and House Speaker Philip Gunn said in separate, recent interviews that ...

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Baker Donelson and Ober|Kaler Complete Merger

The law firms of Baker Donelson and Ober|Kaler have completed their previously announced combination, resulting in one of the 50 largest law firms in the country. The combined firm, which maintains the name of Baker Donelson, boasts more than 800 attorneys and advisors across 25 offices in ten states as well as Washington, D.C. Baker Donelson Chairman and Chief Executive ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Beware of leaders with unchecked shadows

History tells us when those who yield to their shadow selves choose leaders of their ilk, calamity, often war, follows.   Carl Jung labeled the dark side of self as “the shadow.” His psychiatric research into personality found people to have inner shadows associated with feelings of guilt, fear, hate, anger, selfishness, etc.    Upon looking deeply into himself, C.S. ...

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SELENA SWARTZFAGER — Red Panther Champions, Indeed!

During the summer of 2014 I met Larry Lewis.  Larry is a teacher at Coahoma Jr. High in Clarksdale, MS and I came to know him through professional development the MS Council on Economic Education was offering through the College Knowledge Project.  Larry was different in that he had a 25 year career in the United States Navy before becoming ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: A New Year’s Resolution for state government

Resolved:  State government will only provide the services our people need and only tax enough to cover costs for these needs. Hmmm.   Many folks will unpack this resolution in different ways. Some will confuse “need” with “want.”  Others will severely limit the needs government should cover. Let’s shine a little light on this.    The 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution ...

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Tupelo hospital, insurer reach temporary accord

By BOBBY HARRISON  A temporary agreement has been reached to ensure that  people covered through United HealthCare can continue to receive medical care at Tupelo-based North Mississippi Medical Center and its affiliates. Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney announced the temporary agreement Thursday. He said it impacts more than 50,000 policy holders. In October, North Mississippi Medical Center announced that  it ...

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November bad month for state revenue collections

By BOBBY HARRISON JACKSON – The 2017 Mississippi legislative session will not be starting on a rosy note in January in terms of state revenue collections. November was a particularly dismal month for revenue collections. The report recently compiled by the staff of the Legislative Budget Committee reveals that in November revenue collections were $35.2 million or 8.8 percent below the ...

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WESLEY McGREW — The reality of cybercrime

Computer networks have given us the ability to operate, communicate, and conduct business more easily today than ever before. It is, however, hard to imagine a more dangerous time for businesses to operate than right now. While technology has provided us with great opportunities, it has also exposed us to attacks that threaten our business operations. At no other time ...

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DENNIS SEID: Consumers prefer things made here; will they pay?

Reshoring” has been a buzzword in manufacturing of late, perhaps gaining more momentum with the election of Donald Trump as president. Trump, as we’ve heard, has threatened to punish companies that send jobs overseas. Last week,Carrier announced – with Trump in attendance – that it would keep about 800 union and supervisor jobs from being outsourced to Mexico. This is ...

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