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MURRAY HARBER — Mississippi’s Healthiest Workplaces

E mployers are concerned about their health and productivity costs more than ever before due to escalating cost and increasing pressures to attract and retain top talent. As employers seek answers and practical solutions, they are often researching the best ways to promote and support healthy behaviors for their employees and families. The research is […] [...]

DAVID DALLAS — The Dirt on Kemper Coal II: Lord Barbour Strikes Back

When the facts are piling up against you, change the subject. That is former Governor Haley Barbour’s new, painfully obvious strategy as he continues to lobby for Southern Company and its bottomless money pit, the Kemper County Coal Plant. Last week, Barbour compared the cost overruns and delays of the Kemper Plant to the construction […] [...]

LOUANN LOFTON: A book of maps for lovers of New Orleans

New Orleans is suffused with history, with mystery, with violence, and with sublime beauty. From shrimp po-boys to extravagant Mardi Gras floats, from the enormous live oaks lining St. Charles Avenue like silent, ancient sentries to second-line parades with loud brass bands weaving their way over pothole-laden streets, New Orleans leaves an impression. Trying to […] [...]

COMMERCIAL FINANCE 701: Title certificates, reports, commitments & policies: The difference may be your job!

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. A distinguished Mississippi attorney once observed, “Words mean so much more when you know what they mean.”  In some cases, words just don’t mean what we […] [...]

Longtime Biloxi mayor Holloway resigns

by Published: March 5,2015

Tags: A.J. Holloway, BILOXI, David Nichols, mayor

The mayor who led Biloxi through the long casino boom of the 1990s and its recovery from 2005’s Hurricane Katrina is resigning. A.J. Holloway, who had already temporarily left his post on Jan. 29 to enter an alcohol rehabilitation facility, will resign Tuesday. Kenny Holloway, the 75-year-old mayor’s brother, delivered a resignation letter Thursday to […] [...]

DAVID DALLAS: Tax slasher productions comes to Mississippi

The Mississippi Film Office is a buzz about a new series of slasher films shooting at our state Capitol featuring Gov. Phil Bryant as Freddy Krueger, Speaker of the House Philip Gunn as Ghostface, and Lt. Gov. Reeves as the GingerDead Man. No worries, there will be no blood. This Tax Slasher production is brought […] [...]

TODD SMITH’S SPIN CYCLE — ABC notches record ad sales for Academy Awards

ABC scored record sales of commercial time this year for the 87th Annual Academy Awards show. The price of a 30-second commercial spot during the telecast reached an average of $1.95 million, up 8 percent from last year, according to the Los Angeles Times. The lofty prices could help the network rake in more than […] [...]

DAVID DALLAS — Delbert Hosemann: An unsung hero chooses to remain so

My son and his Boy Scout troop had a rare treat this past Sunday. Mississippi’s Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann delivered the keynote speech to a group of newly awarded Eagle Scouts. Hosemann honored those who had gone the extra mile to earn their Eagle and encouraged younger scouts, like my son, to not give up, […] [...]

MARK BLACKWELL — Diversification is challenging for business owners

Savvy investors don’t put their entire portfolio in a single stock, yet owners of privately held businesses often keep the bulk of their wealth in one enterprise – their own.  This concentration means that business owners face a myriad of financial risks that others don’t have to worry about. For one, if anything hurts the […] [...]

BEN WILLIAMS and MOLLY MOODY — Never trust a trust

Coming to his own defense, the unrepentant Mississippi Governor Ross Barnett once retorted:  “If you can’t trust a trusty, who can you trust?”  The “trusty” in Governor Barnett’s story involved a prisoner on unauthorized extended leave.  This column pertains to the considerably less exciting legal practice where one person (the Grantor) transfers legal title of […] [...]

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