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Technology not decreasing roles of notaries


By LYNN LOFTON Traditionally a notary public can be found in banks and law offices to certify the signing of paper documents. But are these services still needed in today’s paperless world? Yes, according to the Secretary of State’s office, the commissioning office for notaries in Mississippi. As technology becomes more and more prevalent, the role of the notary public ...

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Continuing education another key for Mississippi real estate agents

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By LYNN LOFTON  State realtors find it’s important to continue learning to remain viable in a changing industry and world. Much of that education is obtained through the Mississippi Association of Realtors. Lisa W. Hollister, president of MAR, explains why real estate professionals invest in continuing education. “The relationship that a realtor shares with his/her client is based on trust ...

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WHEN BUSINESS MEETS PLEASURE: Sales professionals use new and traditional methods to book meetings and conventions

Director of Sales Janice Jefferson said her staff at the Gulf Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau solicits activities to places like the Gulf Coast Convention Center (above) with a combination of methods such as trade shows, social media, Cvent, and Backyard Market, as well as "tried and true methods based on relationships, and boots on the ground."

By LYNN LOFTON Meetings and conventions are a big part of the state’s tourism industry with various cities and properties vying to play host. Trade associations and other groups are courted by sales personnel in an effort to keep this business in Mississippi, but how do they solicit with all the competition from surrounding states? A few sales professionals reveal some ...

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Construction projects’ topping out ceremonies celebrate important milestones

Among those who signed the construction beam during the March 28 UMMC  topping-out ceremony are, from left, second-year medical student John Lippincott; former Vice Chancellor Dr. James Keeton; fourth-year medical student Sara Ali; Dr. LouAnn Woodward, vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine; and first-year medical student Michelle Wheeler.

By LYNN LOFTON Major construction projects usually have topping out ceremonies at a certain point in the progress of the project. Is this merely ceremonial, or does it serve a more fundamental purpose? Some recent high profile projects that had topping out ceremonies include the Biloxi Shuckers baseball park, the new medical school at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in ...

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Lawyer, former Ole Miss football standout leads Baptist Health Systems’ board


By LYNN LOFTON Well known attorney, community leader and former Ole Miss football standout Arthur F. “Skip” Jernigan, Jr. is the new chairman of the board of trustees of Baptist Health Systems. A nine-year member of the board, he is a partner with Jernigan, Copeland & Anderson law firm in Ridgeland. Jernigan, who’s practiced law since 1972, says the role of ...

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Society of CPAs offers 100 seminars to keep accountants up to date

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By LYNN LOFTON Accounting involves an array of various fields of expertise, and certified public accountants must stay on top of things in the constantly evolving world of regulations, tax codes and technology. The Mississippi Society of CPAs helps them by providing training seminars throughout the year. “We strive to educate accounting professionals on the latest rules, regulations and standards in ...

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Regulations take spotlight when bankers gather for convention next month


By LYNN LOFTON  As the state’s banking community prepares to gather for the 128th annual convention of the Mississippi Bankers Association a number of issues will be taken up. Six hundred attendees including bankers, bank regulators, public officials, industry vendors and professionals, guests and family members are expected at the May 11 – 15 meeting in Sandestin, Fla. MBA Chairman ...

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Book Biz: An Irish story, coming of age in America


Perhaps some readers saw the 2015 movie version of this book. I did not, but I liked the book. It’s a heart warming coming-of-age look at an immigrant’s story that was new to me. We’ve all read of families who come to America to start new lives — stories that continue to this day. Brooklyn is the story of a ...

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BOOK BIZ — Pat Conroy leaves us but his work lives on

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The untimely death of writer Pat Conroy at age 70 leaves a gap in the list of contemporary Southern writers. Only recently did he reveal that he had pancreatic cancer. He leaves a large body of work, mostly fiction, that includes The Great Santini, The Prince of Tides, Beach Music and South of Broad. His work reached wider audiences when ...

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