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MSU’s Grogan hopes C Spire experience a boost to future

By NASH NUNNERY John Grogan’s age belies his enjoyment of classic literature. The Mississippi State University senior, who just turned 21, discovered dystopian novels such as 1984 and Fahrenheit 451 as a middle schooler in Clinton. For the uninitiated, dystopian fiction centers on the portrayal of a setting that completely disagrees with the author’s ethos. “I can’t really relate to ...

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Hadley: Austin has nothing on Jackson and Mississippi

By NASH NUNNERY Elizabeth Ross Hadley left her heart in Mississippi. A lawyer/lobbyist with prestigious Texas firm Greenberg Traurig, Hadley and her husband Bryan made the decision ten years ago to move to Austin for better and bigger opportunities than her home state could offer. But the Jackson native comes home several times a year to visit family, attend Ole ...

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Angela Curry creating opportunities for people in her home in the Mississippi Delta

By NASH NUNNERY Fresh out of Mississippi Valley State University with diploma in hand, Angela Curry began the daunting search for a job. Curry, who grew up in tiny Teoc, Mississippi, applied at a Grenada temp agency and eventually received an offer to be an administration assistant with the Greenwood-Leflore County Industrial Board. She’s never left. Twenty-eight years later, Curry ...

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Butler Snow’s Hairston takes the philosophical approach

By NASH NUNNERY Tray Hairston isn’t your stereotypical attorney. The Jackson native is a student of continental philosophy and existentialism. From Socrates to Sartre, Hairston once took every course offered in the discipline at Tougaloo College and followed up with philosophy course work at Emory University, Brown, NYU and Millsaps College. An attorney with the Butler Snow law firm, Hairston ...

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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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