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ICC embarks on 5-year plan for ICC-Tupelo

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – Itawamba Community College will embark on a five-year plan that will dramatically upgrade its Tupelo campus. Included will be the construction of a new 62,000-square-foot academic building and the renovation of the technical education building. “We believe the Tupelo campus will be where our population growth will be in the future,” ICC President ...

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DAVID DALLAS — From Dan and Dixie with love

Dan Jones just lost his battle with the cancer that is our state government. Last night, the Institutions of Higher Learning Board of Directors decided to stand by their decision for non-renewal of his contract as Chancellor of the University of Mississippi. IHL took a tremendous amount of heat all weekend long for their decision last Friday. Yesterday, they decided ...

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BOOK BIZ: This novel is not for the faint of heart

Andre Dubus’ House of Sand and Fog is a story of contrasts, of the twists and turns of fate, and of the modern pursuit of the American dream. Compulsively readable, this National Book Award nominee will keep you on edge throughout, as you try to decide, again and again, which character’s right, and which is wrong. On the one hand, ...

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JOSH MABUS: Let the boys play

In the modern classic Remember the Titans, Coach Herman Boone’s eponymous team made it to the Northern Virginia Regional Championship game when they faced an opponent they hadn’t contended with before — dirty officials. Heavy-handed authority, with clear bias toward the opponent clearly skewed the game. The scene builds with beautiful tension as it becomes apparent that the talent on ...

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COMMERCIAL FINANCE 701: Interest rate swaps: Don’t play with matches

EDITOR’S NOTE: Commercial Finance 701 is a continuing series on commercial loans written exclusively for the Mississippi Business Journal.  This series is geared to lenders, developers, investors and transactional attorneys. Our moms, from opposite ends of Mississippi and two decades apart, admonished us not to play with matches.  It was, and remains, good advice.  As one matures, he or she realizes ...

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DAVID DALLAS: Wicker, Cochran and the Iran-a-Muck letter

Forty-seven United States Senators, including Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker, signed a letter recently to “The Leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran.” Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran did not. The letter set out to explain the nuances of our U.S. Constitution to “The Leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran.” The letter also described how the Senate might scuttle any agreement ...

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LOUANN LOFTON — The father of the index fund on the good life

When John Bogle founded Vanguard and launched the first-ever index fund in 1975, many in the financial services industry thought there was no way he’d succeed. Forty impressive years later, however, his critics have been silenced and his role as the conscience of the investing world is assured. Bogle has proven that you can, in fact, succeed by putting the ...

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JOSH MABUS: Make your workplace a benefit

We often talk about employee benefits and how to get employee buy-in or retention—especially in small business—and we do it in a tangible, checklist sort of way. Conversations with potential employees revolve around insurance, IRAs, 401ks, vacation days, sick leave and items of that ilk. What if your workplace’s biggest employee benefit was the workplace itself? The Work One of ...

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MURRAY HARBER — Mississippi’s Healthiest Workplaces

E mployers are concerned about their health and productivity costs more than ever before due to escalating cost and increasing pressures to attract and retain top talent. As employers seek answers and practical solutions, they are often researching the best ways to promote and support healthy behaviors for their employees and families. The research is clear – healthy employees are ...

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DAVID DALLAS — The Dirt on Kemper Coal II: Lord Barbour Strikes Back

When the facts are piling up against you, change the subject. That is former Governor Haley Barbour’s new, painfully obvious strategy as he continues to lobby for Southern Company and its bottomless money pit, the Kemper County Coal Plant. Last week, Barbour compared the cost overruns and delays of the Kemper Plant to the construction of our Grand Gulf Nuclear ...

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