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Trade groups book conventions early to get wishes

In this Wednesday, May 13, 2015 photo, tourists line the beaches in Gulf Shores, Ala., a prime spot along the Gulf of Mexico for conventions. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

By LISA MONTI  Trade association annual conventions typically are a blend of business meetings, networking sessions and vendor expos mixed with a round of golf or other diversions. The locations for these meetings are generally decided by the group’s board of directors with deference to what the membership favors. For some groups, when the association finds a spot its members ...

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Restructuring a 12-hospital system for Merit follows changing strategy in health care industry


By LISA MONTI  In late January, six hospitals in the Jackson-Vicksburg area that are affiliated with Community Health Systems formed a single regional healthcare system named Merit Health. Five months later, the six remaining CHS-affiliated hospitals across Mississippi were folded into Merit Health, creating what is said to be the state’s largest healthcare system based on the number of facilities. ...

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A humble Norman Price drives growth at Southwest Health System

Southwest Health Systems recently recognized Norman Price’s 30 years at the hospital by naming the ambulatory surgery center in his honor. At the ceremony were, from left, Dr. Will K. Austin, Price, and Barbara and Regina Lowe, who represented the late Dr. C. Foster Lowe. Austin, Price and Lowe were key in starting the center.

By LISA MONTI CEO Norman Price has guided Southwest Health System’s growth for more than 30 years, starting when it was the 160-bed Southwest Mississippi Medical Center to through its expansion into the multi-county healthcare delivery network it is today. Price’s arrival to McComb was memorable in a couple of ways. His first day on the job, Jan. 7, 1985, was ...

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NASA looking for tenants at Stennis Space Center

Don Beckmeyer, manager of Strategic Business Development at Stennis, said, “We have other smaller buildings and acreage for a commercial industry but we would prefer a space industry” as tenants.

Stennis Space Center is well known as home to NASA rocket scientists, Naval oceanographers, Navy SEALS and major aerospace companies including Lockheed Martin, Aerojet Rocketdyne and SpaceX. With NASA as its landlord, Stennis houses more than 40 federal and state agencies, academic institutions, private organizations and technology companies that share costs to keep the Hancock County center running. To support ...

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Insurers face Oct. 1 deadline for Clarity Act


Insurers in Mississippi have an Oct. 1 deadline to provide the state Insurance Department with data mandated by the new Property Insurance Clarity Act. Mississippi follows neighboring Alabama and Louisiana in requiring major insurance companies to supply details on premiums and losses by county and zip code. Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney had already issued his own data call back in ...

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On the road to growth: West Rankin Parkway may open path to development

Construction workers set beams in place for a bridge on the West Rankin Parkway, which will stretch for 3.5 miles from Treetops Boulevard in Flowood to Pearson Road in Pearl, essentially linking Lakeland and Interstate 20. Photos courtesy of the Pickering Firm

With seven or eight months to go before completion of phase one of the new north-south corridor between Pearl and Flowood, officials in both cities are confident major development will take place along the new West Rankin Parkway. “It’s going to open up an awful lot of property for development,” said Pearl Mayor Brad Rogers. Flowood Mayor Gary Rhoads said ...

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Young bankers keeping watch on young customers


By LISA MONTI When Parker England, first vice president of Planters Bank & Trust Co. in Greenville, looks to the future of the banking industry, a couple of things grab his attention. One is finding ways for his bank to make a profit in an increasingly competitive market. The other is providing his customers with what they need and expect in ...

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VIP Cinema Seating continues growth in New Albany

By LISA MONTI  Moviegoers want more for their ticket price than a blockbuster drama or comedy. They want gourmet snack food, a superior sound system, high-tech screens and a plush seat like the one back at home in front of their giant TV screen. In other words, they want the whole movie-viewing experience. That’s exactly what Stephen Simons and VIP ...

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