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Dan Mullen, Hugh Freeze to play in pro-am Thursday

Dan Mullen, head football coach at Mississippi State University, and Ole Miss head football coach Hugh Freeze will headline a group of 212 community leaders, business executives and elected officials playing in the C Spire Pro-Am golf event on Thursday at Fallen Oak in Biloxi. Freeze, Mullen and other amateur golfers will play alongside 53 […] [...]

ROBERT KHAYAT: Board made a big mistake in not renewing Dan Jones

On June 30th 2009, when I retired as Chancellor of The University of Mississippi, I made a commitment to avoid any public comments regarding the IHL Board, Ole Miss, our Medical Center, and the other universities in the state. I moved my office off campus to the UM Foundation which I used infrequently. I have […] [...]

ICC embarks on 5-year plan for ICC-Tupelo

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – Itawamba Community College will embark on a five-year plan that will dramatically upgrade its Tupelo campus. Included will be the construction of a new 62,000-square-foot academic building and the renovation of the technical education building. “We believe the Tupelo campus will be where our population growth will be […] [...]

DAVID DALLAS — From Dan and Dixie with love

Dan Jones just lost his battle with the cancer that is our state government. Last night, the Institutions of Higher Learning Board of Directors decided to stand by their decision for non-renewal of his contract as Chancellor of the University of Mississippi. IHL took a tremendous amount of heat all weekend long for their decision […] [...]

BOOK BIZ: This novel is not for the faint of heart

Andre Dubus’ House of Sand and Fog is a story of contrasts, of the twists and turns of fate, and of the modern pursuit of the American dream. Compulsively readable, this National Book Award nominee will keep you on edge throughout, as you try to decide, again and again, which character’s right, and which is […] [...]

JOSH MABUS: Let the boys play

In the modern classic Remember the Titans, Coach Herman Boone’s eponymous team made it to the Northern Virginia Regional Championship game when they faced an opponent they hadn’t contended with before — dirty officials. Heavy-handed authority, with clear bias toward the opponent clearly skewed the game. The scene builds with beautiful tension as it becomes […] [...]

COMMERCIAL FINANCE 701: Interest rate swaps: Don’t play with matches

EDITOR’S NOTE: Commercial Finance 701 is a continuing series on commercial loans written exclusively for the Mississippi Business Journal.  This series is geared to lenders, developers, investors and transactional attorneys. Our moms, from opposite ends of Mississippi and two decades apart, admonished us not to play with matches.  It was, and remains, good advice.  As one […] [...]

DAVID DALLAS: Wicker, Cochran and the Iran-a-Muck letter

Forty-seven United States Senators, including Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker, signed a letter recently to “The Leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran.” Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran did not. The letter set out to explain the nuances of our U.S. Constitution to “The Leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran.” The letter also described how the […] [...]

LOUANN LOFTON — The father of the index fund on the good life

When John Bogle founded Vanguard and launched the first-ever index fund in 1975, many in the financial services industry thought there was no way he’d succeed. Forty impressive years later, however, his critics have been silenced and his role as the conscience of the investing world is assured. Bogle has proven that you can, in […] [...]

JOSH MABUS: Make your workplace a benefit

We often talk about employee benefits and how to get employee buy-in or retention—especially in small business—and we do it in a tangible, checklist sort of way. Conversations with potential employees revolve around insurance, IRAs, 401ks, vacation days, sick leave and items of that ilk. What if your workplace’s biggest employee benefit was the workplace […] [...]

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