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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 […] [...]

ALAN TURNER — Economic education at Germantown Middle School

We all know the importance of educating our kids on sound economic principles.  Understanding the basics at an early age will pay lifelong dividends in terms of managing finances, operating on a budget, working or owning a business, entrepreneurship, and other fundamentals that are the key to a successful life. Through a variety of programs, […] [...]

ALAN TURNER: Cheryl Lee staying the career course

  It isn’t often that one meets someone who has spent an entire career working for a single firm.  Cheryl Lee is one of those rare folks. A member of Haddox Reid Eubank Betts in Jackson, Cheryl is in charge of Client Accounting Services for the firm, and she handles a variety of services for […] [...]

ALAN TURNER: Tulane’s Sherry Chance has a passion for education

by Published: January 29,2015

Tags: Madison campus, Sherry Chance, Tulane University

SEE MBJ-TV INTERVIEW BELOW Sherry Chance was born in Florida and spent several years in Alaska, which is probably about the biggest contrast one can imagine.  It wasn’t until she arrived in Mississippi, though, that she finally felt she had “come home,” and she’s lived in the Magnolia State for the past 24 years. In […] [...]

(VIDEO) ALAN TURNER: Wilson says he’s ready for elected office

    C ory Wilson has decided the time is right to throw his hat into the ring for the new state House seat in Madison County. A native of Moss Point, Cory was valedictorian of his high school graduating class, and went on to graduate summa cum laude from the Ole Miss School of […] [...]

A vision for the future of Mississippi health care

S everal hundred business and civic leaders gathered this week at the Jackson Country Club for MCEDA & the Madison County Business League’s 2014 Vision Celebration.  This year’s theme was health care, and 2 awards were presented at the event. Jan Collins, executive director of the Madison County Business League, opened the ceremony with a […] [...]

NEW IN MADISON COUNTY — Mississippi Bio-Medical Business Collaboratory to be introduced Friday

by Published: October 23,2014

Tags: Business, healthcare, Mississippi, real estate

This week, Madison County will take a giant step forward in the world of high-tech health care.   The Mississippi Bio-Medical Business Collaboratory will be introduced Friday with visits from the governor and other luminaries. Located at 152 Watford Parkway Drive in Canton, the Collaboratory will be home to a diverse array of health care […] [...]

ALAN TURNER: Raising the walls: Habitat’s latest build (and homeowner)

by Published: October 16,2014

Tags: Business, Habitat for Humanity, Mississippi, NEWS

C arolyn Madlock, 37, and her son Jimmy, 11, are excited about the prospects of moving into their own home soon, thanks to the folks at Habitat for Humanity / Mississippi Capital Area. We talked with Carolyn recently about her new home, and how the process works. She has worked for St. Dominic’s since she […] [...]

ALAN TURNER: Dennis Lockhart gives reason for optimism, with a couple of caveats

by Published: October 2,2014

Tags: Business, Federal Reserve, Mississippi

R ecently, we had the opportunity to meet with Dennis Lockhart, president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, and one of the influential policy makers in terms of fiscal policy.  Dennis took office in the sprint of 2007, and had just enough time to get settled in the job before […] [...]

ALAN TURNER: After 30 Years as GM of WLBT, Dan Modisett is ready for new adventures

by Published: September 24,2014

Tags: Business, media, Mississippi, NEWS

Recently, we had the opportunity to visit with Dan Modisett, general manager of WLBT for the past 30 years. Dan is getting ready to celebrate his retirement at the close of the year, and shared some of his recollections from a long career in Jackson television. Born and raised in Jackson, he received his B.A. […] [...]

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