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BOOK BIZ — War brides’ true stories are meaningful and inspiring

by Published: November 20,2014

Tags: books, Business, literature, Mississippi, NEWS

This book tells the compelling stories of four English women who married American servicemen during World War II and immigrated to the U.S. when the war was over.  Being addicted to books about WW II, I started reading this book without realizing the stories are true. Learning that the four women are real — with […] [...]

CPAs give helpful advice about selecting a tax preparer

As the year draws to a close, tax season looms in the next few months. Finding an income tax preparer can be challenging. Members of the Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants, Ted Edwards, Pam Steverson and Tom Byrne have some useful advice to offer. Edwards chairs the association’s taxation committee and is with Haddox […] [...]

Hospital services will continue during long Keesler Medical Center project

by Published: November 13,2014

Tags: Business, construction, Keesler, Mississippi, South Mississippi

Keesler Medical Center is getting an extensive facelift. The $74 million renovation project will begin soon and is expected to be completed in mid-2017. Officials expect the project to enhance the overall patient experience by providing world-class healthcare facilities for the Keesler community. Maintaining all patient services throughout construction is part of the reason for […] [...]

Foreclosures down, sales prices going up

by Published: November 13,2014

Tags: Business, foreclosure, Mississippi, NEWS, real estate

There’s good news for various residential real estate markets around the state, presidents of three regional professional organizations report. Home foreclosures are down and the number of sales and average sales prices of homes have increased throughout Mississippi. “Our market is holding steady with a slight increase,” said Sandy Richardson, president of the Northwest Mississippi […] [...]

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND THE WORKPLACE — In most cases, state, federal laws exist for employers to handle any crisis

by Published: November 7,2014

Tags: domestic violence, insurance, Mississippi, NEWS, workplace

Recent cases of domestic abuse in the National Football League have made the news, but the problem is not new. Nor have businesses had to scramble to develop or adjust employee policies and penalties regarding domestic violence. Members of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) say the majority of the companies they represent have […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — Malcolm Brooks book tells an authentic story of the West

by Published: October 30,2014

Tags: Business, Malcolm Brooks, Mississippi, NEWS, Painted Horses

Painted Horses is amazingly Malcolm Brooks’ first book. While it’s often fun to read about places we know, it can be more fun to read about places of which we know very little. The latter is true of the American West for me. I have almost no personal experience with the West but I find […] [...]

MAKING JACKSON A BETTER PLACE — Ann Somers enjoys her career because of variety of projects and the people she meets

While growing up in Byram, Ann Somers loved putting thing together, such as puzzles, model cars and ships and fantasy Barbie kingdoms. That interest in building things led to a career in architecture, something she learned about as an eighth-grader. “I knew that was what I wanted to do,” Somers recalls. “Up to that point […] [...]

MDOT uses variety of platforms to alert public to traveling conditions, accidents

by Published: October 30,2014

Tags: Business, Mississippi, NEWS, technology, transportation

Along the state’s highway system there are closures and delays from time to time — an accident or construction has lanes of traffic blocked, a bridge needs maintenance, there’s a chemical spill, a flood or all manner of obstacles. A variety of the latest technology has become a useful tool for the Mississippi Department of […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — Food snob spends dying hours looking for best flavor of his life

by Published: October 23,2014

Tags: books, Business, literature, Mississippi, NEWS

We can usually say that if you like one book by an author, you will like others by that same author. I’m not sure that’s the case with Gourmet Rhapsody, written by the author of The Elegance of the Hedgehog, Muriel Barbery. While it’s an entertaining read, Gourmet Rhapsody will not have the wide appeal […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — Once again enjoy the company of the residents of Mitford

by Published: October 16,2014

Tags: BookBiz, Business, Mississippi, NEWS

Welcome back to Mitford. The many fans of Jan Karon’s popular series will enjoy this tenth book about Father Tim and the colorful inhabitants of Mitford, North Carolina. Karon is back with an update of the now-retired Father Tim Kavanagh, his wife Cynthia, Dooley, Lace and all the other inhabitants we’ve come to know and […] [...]

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