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PHIL HARDWICK: License plates — the good, bad and ugly

by Published: February 12,2015

Tags: Business, education, license tag, Mississippi, NEWS, Phil Hardwick

License plates, or car tags as they are called in some states, are getting more attention. Some of the attention and related issues are good, some are bad and some are just plain ugly. First, the good. License plates allow for identification of vehicles. One can only imagine what it would be like if there […] [...]

SELENA SWARTZFAGER — James Wilcox is a rising star indeed

by Published: February 12,2015

Tags: Business, economy, education, Mississippi, NEWS, Selena Swartzfager

If you don’t know James Wilcox, you are missing out.  I have had the pleasure of working with him for the past four years as he is the director of the Southern Entrepreneurship Program offered by the University of Southern Mississippi Center for Economics and Entrepreneurship Education (check it out at www.thesep.org).  The teachers he […] [...]

ELIZABETH BARBER — Putting Mississippi to work in a restoration economy

by Published: February 12,2015

Tags: Business, column, Elizabeth Barber, environment, Mississippi, NEWS

Every region in the country has an economy that is tied to specific sectors, and the Mississippi Coast is no different. A “cluster,” in economics, is a geographic concentration of interconnected industries and businesses in a specific field. In December 2014, the Mississippi Business Journal published a study looking at Mississippi’s “blue economy”: the cluster […] [...]

JOSH MABUS: Reinvigorate your space; reinvigorate your business

Shut your doors. Turn off income for more than a dozen days. Invest money with a return-on-investment that is incredibly difficult to track. In other words, take a true leap of faith to improve your business. The Eat With Us Group (Harveys, Sweet Peppers Deli and The Grill) took a risk closing their Harveys location […] [...]

OUR VIEW — Who are legislators protecting with payday lending loophole?

That seriousness Mississippi’s legislators showed back in 2012 over whether to reauthorize payday lending seemed so sincere at the time. They could allow the payday lending industry to strengthen its hold on Mississippi’s working poor, tip the rules to increase borrower protections, or ban the low-dollar lending altogether. The wrangling ended with lawmakers proclaiming a […] [...]

JACK WEATHERLY — The $10 million man, Brian Williams, digs himself a hole

I understand why Brian Williams did it. It came to me as I was standing knee-deep in a hole in my front yard, contemplating the hole that the famous newsman has dug for himself. We had an emergency at the house we’d just moved into in Jackson. Sewage water had backed up in our tub […] [...]

DAVID DALLAS — Elvis to take on Tater

It appears that Mississippi’s most fortunate son, Lieutenant Governor “Tater” Reeves will finally face some opposition in his upcoming race for our State’s most powerful political position. Enter the Elvis Impersonator. There is really no need to call the candidate anything other than Elvis. After Tater takes him down, we won’t remember his real name […] [...]

BILL CRAWFORD: Mississippi’s sports heritage second to none

“Stories worth remembering and savoring … again and again,” said Robin Roberts, co-host of Good Morning America.   Indeed.   Stories remembered and savored in the telling by Rick Cleveland in his book “Mississippi’s Greatest Athletes.”   Do you know the story of Roy and Commodore Cochran?  “Cousins of Sen. Thad Cochran, both were track and […] [...]

TODD SMITH’S SPIN CYCLE: Turn your content, data into compelling news

One of the best PR tools in today’s fast-paced, 24-7 news cycle world is including numbers in your media pitch to attract journalist attention. Case in point: over the holidays, New York Post business reporter John Crudele published an article sarcastically “gifting” coverage to a select handful of PR peeps whose pitches had originally gone […] [...]

LOUANN LOFTON — This unforgettable Mississippi memoir resonates

To read Jesmyn Ward’s haunting memoir Men We Reaped is to step inside of her pain and grief. It’s impossible not to be affected by it, not to be left breathless, not to have to put the book down now and then for a spell while you recover. Ward won a National Book Award back […] [...]

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