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DAVID DALLAS: Fight on, Chris McDaniel, fight on!

Heaven help us, this Republican Primary really is ugly and in full view of a nosy nation who long suspected this southern neighbor to be full-blown crazy. As we move forward, let’s consider a variety of realities, because several exist. The prevailing reality is “there is no story here.” Cochran won. McDaniel lost. Democrats voted […] [...]

SELENA SWARTZFAGER: Mississippi students in the top 10, and it is a good thing this time

This summer a teacher and three young men from rural Mississippi traveled to our nation’s Capitol. This was not your ordinary sight-seeing vacation. While they did visit several Smithsonian museums, Capitol Hill and the monuments, they also attended meetings at Morgan Stanley, RKC Investments and FINRA. Nelson Robbins, Wyatt Noris and Trent House, all rising […] [...]

DAVID DALLAS: The new minimum wage and our economy

by Published: June 25,2014

Tags: Business, economy, minimum wage, Mississippi, Politics

Imagine you make $7.50 an hour. Imagine your work week is limited so that your employer does not have to share responsibility for your healthcare costs or provide other benefits. Imagine your having to take a second job where you are also paid $7.50 an hour and work less than 30 hours a week. Let’s […] [...]

MARK BLACKWELL — Is the market rigged?

by Published: June 6,2014

Tags: banking, Business, column, finance, Mississippi

By Mark Blackwell I’ve been asked this question more this year than in my past twenty five years in the financial services industry. Presumably, the question arises because of Michael Lewis’ book Flash Boys, in which he makes the claim that the stock market is, in fact, rigged. His premise is that trading technology has […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — Mississippian Ellen Gilchrist’s newest book delights

by Published: May 30,2014

Tags: books, Business, Ellen Gilchrist, Mississippi

Mississippi’s own modern-day master of the short story, Ellen Gilchrist, is back in true form. With Acts of God, her first book in eight years, and her 12th book of short stories overall, Gilchrist again pleases those who love her wit, her wry sensibility, and her keen eye for detail. Gilchrist, at 79, has built […] [...]

JOHN SCOTT — A strong statement that sends a message

by Published: May 30,2014

Tags: Business, column, law, Mississippi, tax

I n the last few weeks, there have been several noteworthy developments in the tax world that have broad practical and policy application and merit further discussion because of their impact on taxpayers and our tax system overall. First, let’s start with the health care law and its raft of new taxes. The recent announcement […] [...]

New restaurant set to start R’evolution in Ridgeland

By Sarah Dill Reily Gov. Phil Bryant admitted he doesn’t make it to many restaurant announcements to sample gumbo. “This one is very special,” he said. One day earlier the governor was photographed cutting the ribbon on the NASA SpaceX testing partnership in Hancock County. This day, Bryant welcomed iconic chefs John Folse and Rick […] [...]

Seafood R’evolution set to make Mississippi ‘the new culinary epicenter of the South’

by Published: April 23,2014

Tags: Business, Madison, Mississippi, New Orleans, Ridgeland, seafood

During a press conference today in Ridgeland, chefs John Folse and Rick Tramonto unveiled plans for Seafood R’evolution, an upscale restaurant offering a cultural fusion of foods and flavors that have shaped the Gulf Coast culinary landscape for generations. Seafood R’evolution, with a select menu of items paying homage to Mississippi’s rich culinary heritage, will […] [...]

Drs. Nora Corrigan and Deborah Miranda win grants at MUW

by Published: April 22,2014

Tags: business education, Columbus, Mississippi

The Mississippi University for Women Alumni Association recently presented faculty awards. Wesley Garrett won the New Faculty Award while Drs. Nora Corrigan and Deborah Miranda are the Faculty Enhancement Grant winners. Garrett, assistant professor of legal studies, began teaching for the legal studies program in 2009 and became the program director in 2011. She was […] [...]

BLACKWELL: Modern wealth management — Looking at the bigger picture

by Published: April 21,2014

Tags: Business, finance, Mississippi

Anyone who had an investment portfolio five or six years ago understands, at least in a general sense, the nature of market risk.  A position that goes up in value can also go down.  The factors that create the “up” tend to be anticipated — a company increases its earnings or the economy improves, for […] [...]

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