Archive for 2013

PHIL HARDWICK — In search of the perfect written planner

by Phil Hardwick Published: December 20,2013

Tags: economic development, Mississippi, Politics

When it comes to written planners, I am a maximizer, not a satisficer. It seems that I am in constant search of the very best when just any one of them would do. Why written, and not electronic? And which one do I always come back to? Read on to learn the answers to these […] [...]

JOHN SCOTT — A tax reform lump of coal: Democrats, Republicans far apart on any overhaul of the tax code; Or are they?

by For the MBJ Published: December 20,2013

Tags: Business, finance, HORNE, Mississippi

It’s the most wonderful time of year! Everywhere you look, children are anticipating the arrival of Old St. Nick. The lights are up, and the stores are packed. Everyone is hoping to be judged as nice, not naughty, and receive a stocking full of presents instead of a lump of coal. But, when the Jolly […] [...]

State pecan crop falls short this year

by Lisa Monti Published: December 20,2013

Tags: Business, Mississippi, pecans

This year’s pecan season is winding down and the crop has been a small one thanks to weather and the growing cycle. “A lot of factors were involved,” said Max Draughn, president of the Mississippi Pecan Growers Association. “We had a cold spring, we had a large crop last year and the wet weather this […] [...]

Camellia Home Health and Hospice launches a new fleet of vehicles

by Wally Northway Published: December 20,2013

Tags: Business, healthcare, Mississippi, transportation

Camellia Home Health and Hospice has flourished over the last 39 years, even through the recent downturn in the economy and deep reimbursement cuts. Now, Hattiesburg-based Camellia has rolled out a new fleet of 125 company-owned cars aimed at cutting expenses while also increasing its brand awareness. “Transportation costs are our third-largest expense behind salaries […] [...]

C Spire to acquire communications provider

by Ted Carter Published: December 20,2013

Tags: Alabama, Business, Mississippi, technology

Ridgeland regional telecom company C Spire is ending the year with a growth spurt in its business services with the acquisition of Mobile’s Callis Communications, a fast-growing provider of cloud-based unified communications for businesses. In announcing the acquisition, the privately held C Spire said adding Callis will strengthen its standing as a leading telecommunications- based […] [...]

MBJ December 20th Digital Edition

by MBJ Staff Published: December 20,2013

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Gunn: Teacher pay raises should be up for debate

JACKSON — Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn said yesterday that he wants lawmakers in 2014 to consider the first across-the-board teacher pay raise in the past seven years. He said legislative leaders have not yet discussed details about how large a raise might be considered. “A lot of it’s going to depend on how much […] [...]

Alcorn president resigns as investigation continues

Above is former Alcorn State University President M. Christopher Brown II’s interview with the Mississippi Business Journal earlier this year … LORMAN — Alcorn State University President M. Christopher Brown II has resigned amid an investigation into university purchasing practices. The resignation was announced yesterday by Higher Education Commissioner Hank Bounds. Brown did not immediately […] [...]

Corn farmers set new production record

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Corn remained Mississippi’s No. 4 crop in 2013, despite a drop in the overall harvest fall as commodity prices fell. The crop was valued at an estimated $631 million in 2013 and set a new Mississippi production record with an average yield of around 180 bushels per acre. Erick Larson, a Mississippi […] [...]

Hood reports scam targeting credit unions

by Associated Press Published: December 20,2013

Tags: Attorney General Jim Hood, credit union, crime, finance, financial institution, law, law enforcement, legal, scam, scheme

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood says con artists using an automated phone scam have been targeting credit unions and their clients in Mississippi. A news release from Hood says the scam involves text messages touting a fake “Credit Union 24 Hour Alert.” The messages state that the recipient’s “card has been suspended” and they […] [...]

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