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MBA TURNS 125 — Regulation, technology driving consolidation

As the Mississippi Bankers Association celebrates its 125th anniversary this year, the number of banks in the states has decreased from about 165 to fewer than 100 in the past 30 years, and the spiraling growth of bank regulation could possibly reduce that number even farther. Freddie Bagley, chairman of Community Bancshares Inc., of Brandon […] [...]

Terri Gillespie ready for challenge as top nursing officer at UMMC adult hospitals

Terri Gillespie, the new chief nursing executive officer and chief nursing officer at the University of Mississippi Medical Center adult hospitals, comes to the task of supervising 2,500 nurses with personal knowledge of what it means to stand in their shoes on the front lines of nursing. “Terri has a unique combination of skills earned […] [...]

Old Fashion Flavor — Mauthe Progress Dairy Barn products provide taste of history

by Published: July 17,2014

Tags: Business, dairy, Mississippi, small business

In an era when many small dairies in the U.S. are struggling to survive, the Mauthe Progress Dairy Barn located near McComb in southwest Mississippi is thriving by bringing back old-fashioned ways including selling milk in glass bottles that are reused and producing a type of cheese indigenous to New Orleans that was extinct before […] [...]

Obama’s proposals for colleges get an ‘F’ from state education leaders

President Barack Obama has drawn the fire from college presidents around the country for a proposal to adopt a rating system for the nation’s colleges and universities that the President says its designed to combat rising college tuition costs and make colleges more accountable providing a quality education that results in students being able to […] [...]

Firms’ donations focus on education

Big businesses in Mississippi not only provide some of the best paying jobs in the state, they are known for generously supporting charitable programs of many different types throughout the state. The big businesses often put a lion’s share of their charitable resources behind educational programs. “Education has been our priority for more than a […] [...]

Mississippi ranks sixth in growth of women-owned businesses

Mississippi is ranked sixth in the nation in the growth of women-owned firms between 1997 and 2013, according to American Express OPEN’s 2013 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report: A Summary of Important Trends, 1997-2013. The report showed that Mississippi had a 77.4 percent growth in the number of women-owned firms between 1997 and 2013. The […] [...]

UMMC’s mobile ER was quickly on the scene after tornado damaged Louisville’s hospital

by Published: June 27,2014

Tags: Business, disaster, healthcare, Louisville, Mississippi, tornado

When tornadoes hit Louisville on April 28, hundreds of people were injured and the only hospital in the county had to be shut down because of damage. But the state had prepared for just this type of emergency. As soon as the roads were safe for travel, the Mobile Emergency Treatment and Training System was […] [...]

Baker Donelson’s new offices are expected to reflect company’s mission, image

by Published: June 13,2014

Tags: accounting, Baker Donelson, law, Mississippi, real estate

The Baker Donelson law firm June 25 on its new buiding in the District at Eastwood, not far from where the firm is presently located in northeast Jackson. “We have a great space now in two buildings that are connected by a walkway,” said Bill Painter, managing shareholder of the Jackson office of Baker Donelson. “But […] [...]

Statewide building code welcomed, but some jurisdictions may opt out

by Published: June 6,2014

Tags: Business, construction, Mississippi, real estate

The Mississippi Legislature’s enactment of a statewide building code received a lot of support from the insurance industry, as well as the construction community in the state. But the legislation includes an opt-out clause allowing counties and cities to decline to participate, and that is a possibility for rural areas of the state that have […] [...]

Tech Master program a huge success

by Published: May 26,2014

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A pilot program in seven high schools in the state that is designed to improve the state’s workforce — while giving high school graduates better job and educational opportunities — has been more successful than expected with 200 graduating seniors recognized from the new Mississippi Scholars Tech Master program. The new program is the brainchild […] [...]

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