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Early detection helps Suzanne Russell celebrate 12 years of being cancer free

by Published: October 16,2014

Tags: breast cancer, Business, healthcare, Mississippi, NEWS

Licensed professional counselor Suzanne B. Russell of Jackson is celebrating 12 year as a breast cancer survivor. She’s happy to say there have been no further problems since her bilateral mastectomy on Aug. 15, 2002. A retired teacher who now owns mindCARES counseling services, Russell was age 50, had no family history of breast cancer […] [...]

MISSISSIPPI MAIN STREET — Association’s reach goes beyond just downtown

Mississippi Main Street Association, the economic development program which is rooted in downtown historic preservation, is all about providing visionary leadership and assistance to their 51 participating cities and towns. “Everything Mississippi Main Street does benefits small business,” said Stacy Pair, district manager. Whether it is a downtown facade program or a market analysis report, […] [...]

Banks may love debit cards more than you

by Published: October 9,2014

Tags: banking, Business, finance, Mississippi, small business

Like banks across the country, in today’s digital world, State Bank & Trust in Cleveland is getting fewer requests for checks. “We don’t order nearly the checks we used to for people,” said Jerry Bullock, president, State Bank & Trust, Cleveland. “Most would rather use a debit card. Just about everyone uses a debit or […] [...]

IKE TROTTER: Life insurance is for the living — plan it that way

by Published: October 2,2014

Tags: banking, Business, finance, Greenville, Ike Trotter, Mississippi

It has become a custom to write about life insurance concepts during the month of September. The calendar has turned to October, but my annual message is still important. My annual comments are due in great part to the publicity generated by Life Insurance Awareness Month and the great work of the non-profit organization sponsoring […] [...]

S&P continues its 5-year climb

by Published: October 2,2014

Tags: banking, Business, finance, Mississippi, S&P, Standard and Poor's

Standard & Poor’s has been a part of the financial landscape for almost 100 years, but in March of 2009, the housing crisis brought both it and its rival Dow to their knees. The S&P Index hit a 13-year  low at 676.53, but that was just the beginning of a five-year run that has recently […] [...]

Technology an enhancement for HR — not a replacement

by Published: September 24,2014

Tags: Business, human resources, Mississippi, NEWS

Like just about everything else, human resources management has been increasingly computerized in recent years. But has that made human resources less “human?” Not everything can be done by sending an email. “We have to look at technology as an enhancement for, not a replacement of, the human element in what we do,” said Lynn […] [...]

LIFE CHANGES — Insurance re-enrollment time is near; make sure your coverage reflects your changing needs

by Published: September 24,2014

Tags: Business, human resources, insurance, Mississippi, NEWS

When annual enrollment time for employer-sponsored insurance plans comes around, it can be difficult to drum up much interest by employees in evaluating their insurance plans and making adjustments. According to a survey by MetLife, often employees aren’t all that excited by the prospect of annual benefits enrollment. “In fact, their annual encounter with the […] [...]

Is law degree worth the investment?

by Published: September 19,2014

Tags: investment, law degree, loan, Matthew Hall, Ole Miss law school

The average graduate of the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) School of Law has a student loan debt of $70,000 to $75,000.  At the height of the recession, some law school grads had trouble landing attorney jobs making enough to pay back the loan. However, the Ole Miss law school has decreased the number of […] [...]

FOR THE RECORD: Court reporters’ transcripts of proceedings invaluable

by Published: September 19,2014

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Court reporters are an important spoke in the wheels of justice. Using a steno machine, voice writer or pen, they write down word for word what is spoken in court proceedings to provide an official record of what occurred and provide verbatim transcripts. “Court reporters are in the courtrooms for criminal and civil proceedings; they […] [...]

CenterPoint Energy consolidates 3 smaller offices into one

by Published: September 15,2014

Tags: Business, energy, Mississippi, NEWS

CenterPoint Energy employees are settling in after moving in July to the company’s new location at 300 Executive Park Boulevard in Byram. The new building has 10,000 square feet of office space and 3,000 feet of warehouse space. There also is a training room and conference room for the staff’s use. “We consolidated the Brookhaven, […] [...]

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