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When will all students be able to receive an excellent education?

One day, all children in this nation will have an opportunity to attain an excellent education. When is that day? One day, all children in Mississippi will have an opportunity to attain an excellent education. When is that day? One day, all children in Jackson, Greenville, Clarksdale, Tupelo, Meridian, Hattiesburg, Biloxi and your community will […] [...]

Financial Planning: Tax-managed portfolios can mean percentage points

By Stan Purvis The ongoing public policy debate on federal income and estate taxes has increased investor concerns. Investors are concerned about the uncertainty of new tax laws and the impact the tax increases will have on their lives and family. The ballooning federal annual deficit and federal debt and how to best deal with […] [...]

Illegal workers

E-Verify program is far from perfect By NASH NUNNERY I contributor The official mandate to require all federal contractors to check the legal status of their employees to confirm their eligibility to work in the U.S. is now a year old. But one Mississippi construction official says that although E-Verify helps in filtering illegal […] [...]


Many architects just trying to stay afloat in tough times By NASH NUNNERY I CONTRIBUTOR George Morrison earned his degree in architecture from the University of Maryland two years ago. A month later, he moved back to his hometown of Atlanta to ply his trade with a Marietta architectural firm. Today, Morrison finds himself […] [...]

The Financial impact of healthcare reform on construction firms

by Published: November 14,2010

Tags: opinion, Wes Winborne

How will construction firms absorb the financial impact of healthcare reform? The answer is complicated, multi-faceted and must be understood in order to properly plan for the effects the legislation will have on construction businesses.  The alternative is a financial strain that, if not planned for properly, can shut down a small business. While not […] [...]

Chinese drywall still has people reeling

By NASH NUNNERY I contributor For Murph Kelly, the wait for relief has been long and excruciating. That’s because the Lafayette County resident has spent more than $90,000 of his own money to correct problems to his home caused by defective Chinese drywall. Imported from China from 2001 to 2007, the corrosive material emits […] [...]


Energy infrastructure giving everyone reason for concern Recently, a nationwide survey found energy infrastructure was the decade’s most critical engineering challenge by the nation’s top engineering company leaders. The survey, conducted by the American Council of Engineering, polled 323 U.S. engineering firm CEOs, chairmen and presidents. Remedying the inadequate energy infrastructure problem was ranked first […] [...]

Central Pipe Supply A family affair

Pair have taken torch passed down to them and made the most of it with a successful business to show for it By NASH NUNNERY I CONTRIBUTOR At Central Pipe Supply, it’s a family affair. Company president Sheriee Townsend and business partner Nyle Luke started working at Central Pipe during summer breaks as students. […] [...]

Whatever … it takes

Slight upturn in economy has many believing the worst may just be behind By NASH NUNNERY I contributor Most in the industry will admit that there are some serious challenges awaiting construction firms, and the general building trades, in Mississippi and across the nation. Though there has been a slight upturn in the economy, […] [...]

Is it still 1986 or what?

by Published: November 14,2010

Tags: opinion, Robin Word, Tax Reform Act of 1986

Contractors need tax law updated Do you remember 1986? You remember. 25 years ago. A quarter century ago… Some memorable items — Ronald Reagan was President. “Top Gun” was the biggest movie. Bon Jovi cassettes were thumpin’ the Jensen Triaxes to the max. The space shuttle Challenger disaster. The Tax Reform Act of 1986 was […] [...]

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