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ALAN TURNER: Education in Mississippi – good and bad news

At a recent lunch meeting sponsored by the Madison County Business League & Foundation, State Superintendent of Education Dr. Carey Wright delivered an assessment of public education in Mississippi. To her credit, Dr. Wright didn’t sugarcoat the problems facing Mississippi’s schools, acknowledging that Mississippi continues to sit at the bottom of state rankings in education.  […] [...]

ALAN TURNER: Joe Donovan – Entrepreneur with community spirit

  Joe Donovan was born in Fort Knox, Kentucky, and perhaps that may help to explain in a small way why much of what he has touched in his career has turned to gold. Currently serving as the executive director of the Mississippi Center of Non-Profits, and, as the head of the Entrepreneurial Development program […] [...]

MARTY WISEMAN: The current racial strife and the failure to educate

A sentiment being expressed with all too great a frequency lately is one characterized by a growing bewilderment at the widening of the chasm in race relations in America.  With each incident where a person of color is the ultimate recipient of action on the part of law enforcement our inability to communicate with each […] [...]

(WITH VIDEO) ALAN TURNER — Blake Wallace sees good things ahead for Hinds county

by Published: April 16,2015

Tags: Business, Clinton, Hinds County, JACKSON, Mississippi, NEWS

In a recent meeting with Blake Wallace, executive director of the Hinds County Economic Development Authority, we asked him how he sees the prospects for Hinds in the next decade. “When we look 10-20 years down the road, we see good things for Hinds County,” he said.  “We must continue to do the right things […] [...]

Jay Moon: Bullish on Mississippi’s manufacturing future

by Published: April 9,2015

Tags: business News, Jay Moon, manufacturing, Mississippi, Nissan, Toyota

  By ALAN TURNER Jay Moon, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Mississippi Manufacturers Association, proudly says that his family roots can be traced back to Virginia in the 1500’s.  These days, his roots are firmly anchored in Mississippi. “I’ve been here since Cliff Finch was Governor,” he said with a smile. Jay, who […] [...]

ALAN TURNER: The Mississippi Braves — a 100-win season?

  Steve DeSalvo, general manager of the Mississippi Braves, is currently in his 29th year with the Braves organization, having started when the minor league team was based in Greenville, S.C.  He is a man with a passion for the sport. “I love baseball,” he said in a recent meeting. “My dream job was always […] [...]

ALAN TURNER: Egburt and the ‘Internet of Things’

In a recent meeting with Ravi Raju, Chief Marketing Officer at Camgian Microsystems out of Starkville, we were introduced to Egburt and the Internet of Things. Just what IS the Internet of Things? we asked. “Well, it’s really the next generation of the Internet,” he explained. He suggested that in certain ways, “the Internet has […] [...]

ALAN TURNER — Mississippi College School of Law: Committed to growth

Dean Wendy Scott of the Mississippi College School of Law has lived and worked in a variety of environments.  Growing up in a military family, she lived in Taiwan, New Jersey, and Philadelphia, graduated from Harvard, and subsequently from New York University Law School.  After practicing law for 9 years, she then moved into the […] [...]

(WITH VIDEO) ALAN TURNER: Madison County Business League & Foundation honors Rita Martinson

Over 350 business leaders, lawmakers, and officials attended the annual “League and Legislature” luncheon on February 27 at Jackson’s Old Capitol Inn. A key focus of the meeting was to honor Madison County State Representative Rita Martinson, who is retiring after serving for 24 years in the state House.  She was praised at the Madison […] [...]

ALAN TURNER — Michael Callahan has a big job covering most of state

After growing up in Birmingham, Alabama, Michael Callahan says that he figured out that football was one avenue to career success. “I wound up going to the University of Southern Mississippi on a football scholarship,” he said in a recent meeting.  “I was the first member of my family to go to college, and I […] [...]

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