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Times have changed but Watkins still fully invested

By NASH NUNNERY Adam Watkins officially launched his real estate career the day he graduated from William Carey College (now University) nearly two decades ago. There were no smart phones, text messaging, Realtor.com or Zillow. The highest tech tool used in real estate transactions was the fax machine. Comparatively, the process of buying and selling homes now is immersed in ...

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It’s not REM, but Rusty Healy Agency is working out just fine

By NASH NUNNERY If Rusty Healy had his druthers, he’d be playing his dream gig as lead guitarist for 1980s indie rock band REM. But instead of basking in the afterglow of sold-out arenas and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, Healy works in the insurance business as the owner of the Rusty Healy Agency in Madison. Channeling his ...

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MISSISSIPPI 100 — Middleby-influenced innovation keeps Viking on the cutting edge

By NASH NUNNERY One could argue that the trend toward luxury home kitchens, cooking shows and celebrity chefs was launched in the heart of the Mississippi Delta. After all, Greenwood-based Viking Range introduced the first professional cooking range for residential use in 1986, essentially creating the modern luxury kitchen market. A ‘Mississippi-made’ company, Viking eventually opened an 87,000-square-foot manufacturing plant ...

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Helping others is Covington goal

» Former Auburn gymnast new State Farm agent in Madison Nearly three decades ago, Nike ran an award-winning advertising campaign featuring NFL and Major League Baseball legend Bo Jackson. The “Bo Knows” ads showed Bo trying his hand at golf, tennis, guitar and even hockey. Robin Covington Like Bo, fellow Auburn University alumnus Robin Covington knows…balance, literally and figuratively. Wife. ...

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Rayburn pushes to create jobs across the state

By NASH NUNNERY Bill Rayburn Bill Rayburn is not known for mincing words. The former University of Mississippi professor-turned-entrepreneur isn’t afraid to share his vision for the financial business or Oxford, his adopted hometown. Rayburn, who co-founded mortgage tech leader FNC and built the company into a banking industry standard before it was sold to CoreLogic for nearly $500 million, ...

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Yokohama off and running for Clay County

By NASH NUNNERY Nearly three years ago, Yokohama Tire Corp. president Hikomitsu Noji compared his company’s relationship with Mississippi to “a marriage…and we are proud parents of our first child.” That “child”, officially known as Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Mississippi, is now a toddler. The $300 million commercial tire manufacturing facility, built on a 570-acre site carved out of pasture land ...

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With an eye on future Carr Riggs moves into new digs

By NASH NUNNERY The notion  of accountants as ‘bean counters’ huddled together in a cramped office crunching numbers and preparing tax returns is an antiquated stereotype. It certainly doesn’t apply to the Ridgeland office of Carr Riggs & Ingram CPAs and Advisors. The array of services that CRI and many nationally-known CPA firms offer is growing exponentially. Beyond audits and ...

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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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