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Mary Martha Henson brings a variety of experiences to MEDC leadership position

Although she feels she has some big shoes to fill at the helm of the Mississippi Economic Development Council, Mary Martha Henson brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position she assumed less than two years ago. She serves as the executive director and chief operating officer of the statewide organization of economic […] [...]

Let there be LED — One of state’s smallest towns implementing a bright idea

by Published: December 18,2014

Tags: Business, environmental, Going Green, lighting, Mississippi, NEWS

Walnut Grove in Leake County may be one of the state’s smallest towns, but it’s on the cutting edge of street lighting with the recent addition of LEDs (light emitting diodes) along its streets. The town of 1,900 residents is at the northern tip of Mississippi Power’s service territory and can now stake a claim […] [...]

BOOK BIZ: Coming-of-age story unfolds along with the Great Depression

This book will definitely be one of my favorites for this year. I like it for several reasons. First, it’s an interesting story that’s told well. There’s a family tragedy and 15-year-old Thea Atwell is held responsible; so much so that her family sends her away to the Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls deep in […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — Film star tells all about Hollywood legends and studio system

When Peter Evans was helping Ava Gardner write her biography, he was often awakened in the middle of the night by the aging film star. She confided many interesting, unvarnished tales; stories she didn’t want included in the official biography. Evans began writing about his conversations with Gardner after her death. The revelations are sometimes […] [...]

Where there’s smoke … there’s fired up doctors pushing lawmakers to make Mississippi a smoke-free state

by Published: December 4,2014

Tags: Business, healthcare, Mississippi, NEWS, smoking

For the sake of good health, a campaign against smoking is being waged across the country. Members of the Mississippi State Medical Association have joined that fight with Physicians for a Smoke-Free Mississippi Campaign. They hope to improve the state’s statistics which currently are lagging behind other states in the number of smoke-free communities and […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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