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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 […] [...]

BILL CRAWFORD: Leadership crumbling along with highways and bridges

“Somebody’s going to be killed,” Central District Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall stressed to the Clarion-Ledger, pointing to a study that shows Mississippi has 2,275 structurally deficient bridges. “That’s what’s going to happen.”   The huge tax cut wind howling out of the State Capitol just flicked his spittle back at him. » READ MORE — MDOT […] [...]

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 […] [...]

JOSH MABUS: Make it in Mississippi

Mississippi has a storied history when it comes to making something new, creative and world renowned. I’m always talking about how innovative Mississippians are, especially when traveling out of state. I think there is just something in the water here. Or maybe like William Faulkner said, it’s because, “to understand the world you must first […] [...]

TODD SMITH’S SPIN CYCLE: 6 troublesome word pairs are bane of PR folks

by Published: March 6,2015

Tags: advertising, Business, Deane Smith & Partners, NEWS, PR, Todd Smith

Words are magic, and us PR practitioners ply our craft by building brands that make an impact through communication and strong writing. The Spin Cycle is always grabbing the publicity microphone and amplifying the importance of word choice. It’s the honey that makes brands golden. Here are the top word pairings that drive wordsmiths – […] [...]

(WITH VIDEO) ALAN TURNER: Madison County Business League & Foundation honors Rita Martinson

Over 350 business leaders, lawmakers, and officials attended the annual “League and Legislature” luncheon on February 27 at Jackson’s Old Capitol Inn. A key focus of the meeting was to honor Madison County State Representative Rita Martinson, who is retiring after serving for 24 years in the state House.  She was praised at the Madison […] [...]

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 […] [...]

BILL CRAWFORD: Gunn steals tax cut spotlight

by Published: March 4,2015

Tags: Business, Mississippi, NEWS, Phillip Gunn, Politics, tax

For the past several years Gov. Phil Bryant has pushed hard for the Legislature to adopt a rational budget process called “performance-based budgeting.”   No doubt this rational approach to budgeting – budgeting includes both revenues and expenses – led the Governor to put forward his reasonable request for a tax cut. He proposed an […] [...]

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 […] [...]

PHIL HARDWICK: When Bill Cooley talks, people listen

by Published: February 26,2015

Tags: Bill Cooley, Business, Cat Island Books, Mississippi, NEWS, Phil Hardwick

Back in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s there was a string of commercials for a stock brokerage firm that featured someone, usually a professional-type in a public setting, having a conversation with another person. One person would ask, “What does your broker say?” The other person would reply, “My broker is E.F. Hutton, and […] [...]

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