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TODD SMITH’S SPIN CYCLE: Annual Christmas Price Index details cost of ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’

by Published: December 18,2014

Tags: advertising, Business, column, Mississippi, NEWS, PR

With energy costs tumbling and inflation remaining calm, the annual Christmas Price Index® experienced a mild 1 percent boost in the 31st annual tongue-in-cheek economic analysis, according to PNC Wealth Management, which conducts the annual Christmas survey. Based on the gifts in the holiday classic, “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” the price tag for the […] [...]

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 […] [...]

MARTIN WILLOUGHBY: Gary Herring building tomorrow by educating today

There is no magic formula for being a great leader.  Each day brings new opportunities and unforeseen challenges.  To excel as a leader takes wisdom.  President Calvin Coolidge once said, “Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. It may not be difficult to store up in the mind a vast quantity of facts within a comparatively short […] [...]

PHIL HARDWICK: Characteristics of a good year-end fundraising letter

by Published: December 18,2014

Tags: Business, column, economic development, Mississippi, NEWS

Another December day; another solicitation letter. The end of the calendar year is approaching, and that means that fundraising letters compete with catalogues and holiday cards for space in the mailbox. Some fundraising letters are compelling. They make one want to immediately write a check, volunteer for community service or pledge some exceptional amount. And […] [...]

Renasant beefs up in Georgia with $258M purchase of HeritageBank

Tupelo’s Renasant Bank continued its march through Georgia last week with a definitive agreement to acquire Albany’s $1.9 billion Heritage Financial Group Inc., parent of HeritageBank of the South, through a stock purchase. Renasant, which a couple years ago began establishing a presence in North Georgia with acquisitions in Blairsville and suburban Atlanta, will gain […] [...]

MBJ exclusive: Jackson’s new airport CEO fulfills desire to taking on the top job

A back injury that prevented Carl Newman from entering the Phoenix police academy four decades ago led Newman to pursue a career that has him slated to become CEO of the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority on Jan. 2. Newman, 59, will take over running Jackson’s Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport and other Jackson Municipal Airport […] [...]

‘Blue Economy’ important for Mississippi’s future

by Published: December 18,2014

Tags: Blue Economy, Business, Gulf Coast, Mississippi, shipping

A new study looking at Mississippi’s maritime industries spotlights the importance of shipbuilding, fishing, oceanography and marine technology as a dominant force in the state’s economy. The data show that in the three coastal counties, about 51,000 people – 35 percent of the entire workforce – are employed in so- called blue industries. And it’s […] [...]

Analysts hail BancorpSouth stock buyback as ‘handsome’ reward for shareholders

by Published: December 18,2014

Tags: banking, Business, finance, Mississippi, NEWS, Tupelo

The board  of BancorpSouth’s Dec. 11 authorization of a buy-back program of up to 5.7 million shares of common stock pushed up the Tupelo banking company’s share price 0.5  percent by the middle of this week. The move also won praise from analysts who see the buyback as an attractive reward to shareholders. The repurchase […] [...]

Hyatt-Place is Columbus’ newest hotel option

by Published: December 18,2014

Tags: Business, Columbus, hospitality, hotel, Lowndes County, Mississippi, NEWS

The Columbus and Lowndes County hospitality market is continuing a growth spurt with the opening of a Hyatt- Place Hotel that joins a new prototype Hampton Inn scheduled to open next month. Those properties follow a Courtyard By Marriot and a Fairfield Inn that have opened in the last three years. Hyatt-Place Columbus is only […] [...]

Aluminum company rumored for Columbus: ‘clock’ is for website, not plant site

By Jack Weatherly There is plenty of evidence that a $1.2 billion aluminum mill will be built at Columbus. But when the American Specialty Alloys clock on Internet hits zero today at about 7 p.m. don’t expect a big announcement. It will be the launch of a website, but there will be no information on […] [...]

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