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Day trip to the Delta

By NASH NUNNERY Travel through the heart of the Mississippi Delta and one thing becomes fairly obvious. Hint: It’s not that the terrain is flat as a dime or that there are millions of acres devoted solely to agriculture. People wave. Be it on a lonely stretch of narrow two-lane ribbon or across the street in a town, everybody waves. ...

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Mapping the Delta’s water — Aquifer the lifebood of irrigation for crops

By NASH NUNNERY There’s no disputing that water is the lifeblood of agriculture in the Mississippi Delta and around the state. In fact, 92 percent of the water footprint in the United States goes to agriculture production, according to the latest government figures. In the Mississippi Delta, home to arguably the world’s richest soil, farmers worry as much about their ...

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New Roy Anderson CEO knows he must gain employees’ trust

By NASH NUNNERY J. Mark Smith is fully aware that he’s not just taking over some corporate construction conglomerate. After all, Mississippi-made Roy Anderson Corp is highly regarded in the industry for its devoted client base and for delivering quality construction “on time and on budget.” But Smith, who recently was named president and CEO of one of the state’s ...

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Batson Children’s Hospital getting a much-needed facelift

By NASH NUNNERY Easing the anxiety of a hospital stay for children – and their parents – while providing the absolute best care available has always been the hallmark for Children’s of Mississippi’s Batson Children’s Hospital. The only medical facility in Mississippi devoted exclusively to the care of children and adolescents, Batson will be getting a much-needed facelift with the ...

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When lawyers stumble … help comes from a source that won’t judge

By NASH NUNNERY Forget stereotypes – being a lawyer isn’t quite as glamorous as Hollywood portrays it to be. Television legal drama ‘Suits’ or 1990s hit series ‘LA Law’ might make for must-see Netflix viewing but the practice of law can be demanding and exceedingly stressful. Work days stretch into work nights. Demand to meet the firm’s billable hours quota ...

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Electronic recycling’s quandary

» High-tech waste can leave a negative impact on the environment By NASH NUNNERY It’s not always about owning the latest or greatest gadget – the economics of high-tech gadgetry encourages disposal. Discarding a still-useful electronic device for little or no reason has become status quo in recent years for many companies. Purchasing a new printer is ultimately cheaper than buying ...

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DEVELOPING CONSTRUCTION’S FUTURE WORKERS — Builders and contractors group says the industry is looking for career employees

By NASH NUNNERY If you go by traditional thinking, then you probably believe Wall Street and Silicon Valley are the only places to make a decent living these days. Truth be told, the construction industry is desperately seeking skilled tradespeople for work and training, according to Lee Nations. Nations, who serves as president of the Associated Builders & Contractors of ...

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Vicksburg couple gains exposure and a partner during visit to Shark Tank

By NASH NUNNERY It’s been said that most aspiring entrepreneurs live their fears and not their dreams. Not Juli and Richard Rhett. The Vicksburg couple turned Richard’s desire to improve outdoor camping gear and help solve the world’s water crisis into Sierra Madre Research and a coveted appearance on ABC-TV’s hit series Shark Tank Oct. 1. The Rhetts’ appearance was ...

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More trucks, inexperienced drivers, poor roads, increase insurances costs for drivers

By NASH NUNNERY Corey Howell is all too aware that commercial vehicle insurance rates are rising at an alarming rate. The trucking industry is flourishing, what with higher freight volumes, cheaper fuel and heavy-duty truck orders.  But Howell, who works as Ridgeland sales leader for Chicago-based mega-insurance broker Hub International, says there is a downside that’s led to higher rates. ...

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Success for Mississippi real estate agents includes making the most of any down time

By NASH NUNNERY The portrait created by reality television of real estate agents is one of multi-million dollar sales, lavish dinners, Coach handbags and Brunello Cucinelli suits. Truth is stranger than fiction in the world of real estate.  Sure, a Realtor can set his or her own hours and carve out time for a vacation or doctor’s appointment. But there’s ...

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