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DAVID DALLAS — Mississippi needs one university

by Published: August 25,2014

Tags: Business, David Dallas, education, IHL, leadership, Mississippi

Football season is here and what better time to consider consolidating our public universities in Mississippi as we strive for that coveted spot in the BCS national championship. After all, what is the value of higher education if alums can only brag about Rhodes Scholars. While school consolidation in many ways has proven detrimental to […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — An inspiring, instructive look at a value-investing great with Investing the Templeton Way

by Published: August 22,2014

Tags: Book Biz, Business, Mississippi, Sir John Templeton

One word sprung to mind repeatedly as I read Investing the Templeton Way: courage. Simply put, courage defined the life and times of the renowned global value investor Sir John Templeton, and reading about how he approached investing left me both impressed and inspired. Born in 1912 in the small town of Winchester, Tennessee, Templeton […] [...]

Venture Tech merges with ISC, acquires SAT

RIDGELAND, Mississippi — Venture Technologies has announced that its merger with Information Systems Consulting, Inc. (ISC), headquartered in Denver, Colo., is complete. The newly formed company will continue to operate under the name of Venture Technologies. This transaction creates a leading technology and cloud solutions provider, consistent with the emergence of hybrid technology partners. The company is […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — Differences in confidence decoded and deconstructed

The Confidence Code, at first glance, may seem like a book only relevant to women, thanks to its subtitle. While it is geared towards them, I’d argue that anyone who works with or manages women, or teaches young girls, or has women they care about in their lives, could learn a lot from reading this […] [...]

Jackson native Brad Edwards signs new 3-year contract with ESPN

College football’s Bowl Championship Series was retired following the 2013 season, but ESPN’s BCS expert will continue to offer commentary on the sport this fall — in a revamped role. Jackson native Brad Edwards has signed a new three-year contract with ESPN and said this week that he will continue to fill a variety of […] [...]

DAVID DALLAS — Mission: Hemp possible

You don’t have to inhale.  You don’t even have to put it in your mouth.  We don’t need it for recreational use, we need it for work, jobs, and a more productive Mississippi. Our great agricultural state needs to take the lead in Industrial Hemp production.  And we need to do it quickly. The New […] [...]

MDOT names Westerfield new Hydraulics Division director

JACKSON, Mississippi — The Mississippi Department of Transportation has announced the appointment of Rachel Westerfield to the position of director of the newly created Hydraulics Division, according to MDOT Executive Director Melinda McGrath. In her new position, Rachel will be responsible for performing project management and administration duties to ensure the successful completion of hydraulic […] [...]

MARK BLACKWELL: It’s a matter of trusts

by Published: August 11,2014

Tags: banking and finance, Business, Mississippi, trusts

When asked to whom he intended to leave his assets at his death, one of our clients responded, “I plan on spending my last few thousand dollars on my casket.”  Another client quipped, “If I have a nickel left over, then I miscalculated!” Despite the occasional one-liner about spending their children’s inheritance, however, most people […] [...]

MASK: TEDx could be big for Jackson

By TIM MASK  For the MBJ Any of you who are familiar with much of the work I do or the efforts in which I am involved know that I am a huge advocate of Mississippi. I see our potential and all the innovative aspects of our society and it gets me really excited about […] [...]

Alabama Power closing two coal units, blames federal regulations

Alabama Power Co. says federal regulations are forcing it to close two coal-fired units at its Walker County power plant and to cease using coal at others, according to a story from the Birmingham Business Journal. The Birmingham-based utility said it will close two coal-fired units at Plant Gorgas in Walker County and work toward […] [...]

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