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BOOK BIZ: Story set in Amsterdam is compelling, full of surprises

What an unusual book this is. After almost 400 pages it left me with unanswered questions and wanting more. It’s set in a time and place that’s unfamiliar — Amsterdam in the late 17th Century. Even in that era, this illustrious city was ahead of its time in some ways and was a booming, prosperous […] [...]

The Dan Jones-IHL saga: Is this the story that started it all?

In 2011, the Mississippi Business Journal published a story about Democratic strategist Jere Nash sending an email to Delta Council executive vice president Chip Morgan. In the email, which was included in the court file of James Hahn’s lawsuit against the Delta Health Alliance, Nash discusses ways to bring some combination of public and social embarrassment to former […] [...]

Lessons available from past Tupelo bond votes

by Published: March 27,2015

Tags: Business, education, Lee County, Mississippi, NEWS, Tupelo

TUPELO — The road toward the Tupelo Public School District’s latest bond referendum began with a request district officials made to voters 25 years earlier. In 1990, 87 percent of those voters supported an appeal to issue $17 million in new bonds. At the time, it was the largest single bond issue for local education […] [...]

Dan Jones rejects IHL offer, won’t publicly apologize

According to published reports, Dan Jones has rejected a two-year deal from the IHL to return to the University of Mississippi as its chancellor, because the deal would have required him to publicly apologize to the board. In a report by the Clarion Ledger, Jones has reportedly counter-offered that he would accept the two-year offer and […] [...]

BREAKING NEWS: Trustees offer new deal to Ole Miss chancellor Dan Jones

»» UPDATED — Dan Jones rejects IHL offer, won’t publicly apologize   JACKSON — Mississippi’s College Board is preparing to offer a two-year contract extension to the University of Mississippi chancellor whom they had previously refused to retain, individuals with knowledge of the negotiations said Thursday. Discussions to fine-tune the agreement with Chancellor Dan Jones were ongoing, […] [...]

Suit against Kemper employee Brett Wingo is dismissed

Jack Weatherly A case involving a key manager at Mississippi Power Co’.s Kemper County clean-coal plant who had been taken to court in Birmingham by the utility’s parent has been dismissed. To keep Brett J. Wingo from going public with information about the plant — which the company said would do it great harm — […] [...]

JOSH MABUS: Bill Murray and business misfits

by Published: March 26,2015

Tags: Bill Murray, Murray Melfi Casting

Bill Murray is a comic genius. Bill Murray might also be a jerk. Theodore Melfi just directed Murray in the critically acclaimed film St. Vincent. Through interviews Melfi gave to USA Today and Vanity Fair, one can piece together the frustration of casting Murray — the perfect actor for the title role of the film. […] [...]

TODD SMITH’S SPIN CYCLE — Key takeaways from SXSW in Austin, Texas

The Spin Cycle – always on the lookout for innovative thought that drives the branding industry – rolled into Texas for the annual South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conferences & Festivals, soaking up the latest in emerging marketing technologies. Between the panel sessions, keynotes, networking, barbecue, live music and parties there was no shortage of things […] [...]

MARK BLACKWELL: Cyber security insurance perhaps?

In the past month, two instances have highlighted the need for me to pay increased attention to cyber security.  First, my credit card company called to inform me that someone who should not have had access to my accounts had been shopping online with my cards.  In the second instance, my insurance provider was apparently […] [...]

DAVID WILLIAMS: Smart traffic signals pave way for better driving in connected world

In today’s technological age we describe almost everything as a smart device, i.e., smart phones, smart TVs, smart cars, smart watches, and so on. But what do we mean when we say “smart traffic signals”? Does it mean the same thing? Well, yes, it does, in many ways. Basically, when we say something is smart, […] [...]

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