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A FOCUS ON TOURISM: 5 boutique hotels we think you’ll like

A trend is growing among travelers for more intimate lodging with a bit of surprise By LYNN LOFTON Large hotels and chain lodgings sell consistency so travelers know what to expect. However, an increasing number of travelers prefer intimacy and an element of surprise which have fueled the popularity of boutique hotels. Generally defined as a small hotel with 10 ...

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Ship Island: A coast tradition

  By LYNN LOFTON Think Gulf Coast family vacation and Ship Island Excursions will probably come to mind. Since 1926, Ship Island Excursions has been a part of the Mississippi Gulf Coast experience with members of the Skrmetta family running this ferry service from the mainland to Ship Island for relaxation, recreation and history. If you look closely, you may ...

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Post-election uncertainty, market activity result in mortgage spike for potential homebuyers

By LYNN LOFTON  The election has turned the mortgage industry upside down with very quick movement to higher interest rates – an increase of at least .5 percent in just a week’s period of time, said Joe W. McNeese III, president of the mortgage division, Community Bank, Brandon. McNeese said mortgage rates tend to follow what the bond market is ...

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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

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

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

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

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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