Posts Tagged ‘MBJ Focus’

Financial planners give some optimistic advice

by Lynn Lofton Published: January 23,2011

Tags: Danny Williams, Dudley Barnes, MBJ Focus

Most signs point toward optimism for this year’s economic outlook. Two experienced financial planners, Dudley Barnes of Clarksdale and Danny Williams of Jackson, are giving positive advice to their clients. “People are much more upbeat than they were,” Barnes said, “but they are still skeptical of financial markets because of what happened in 2008 and […] [...]

Analysts: Financial job levels ‘even at best’

by Nash Nunnery Published: January 23,2011

Tags: Ken Cyree, MBJ Focus, Mississippi Bankers Association

Employment in the banking and investment banking industries has not been affected too adversely by the downward spiral of the economy, say some analysts. At best, it has been level, says Ken Cyree, the Frank R. Day/Mississippi Bankers Association chair of banking at the University of Mississippi. “Despite the economy and massive layoffs in other […] [...]

‘More than a number cruncher’

by Stephen McDill Published: January 16,2011

Tags: Cille Litchfield, computer science, IT, MBJ Focus

Veteran state IT manager remembers Y2K, looks forward to e-government The daughter of a small town physician and nurse, Wiggins native Cille Litchfield says she first attended the University of Mississippi with hopes of becoming a biologist. She became interested, however, in a newer discipline that was opening up in the Ole Miss engineering department: computer […] [...]

Changing the world

by Lynn Lofton Published: January 13,2011

Tags: Dave Miller, Ken Tallon, MBJ Focus, Mike Barger

Wireless phones doing everything these days There seems to be no part of life where communication technology does not hold sway. Is there anything the ubiquitous wireless phone can not do? Or anywhere it can not go?  And of course you don’t have to use them to actually speak to people — that’s so old […] [...]

Technology changing the way law is practiced

by Lynn Lofton Published: November 28,2010

Tags: John Harral, Law and Accounting, Martin Willoughby, MBJ Focus, W.C. Trotter

Attorneys look to stay in touch and informed in new-fashioned ways Like all industries and professions, the legal profession is feeling the effects of technology that’s changing the way law is practiced. Among those changes are a reduction in the number of administrative staff needed in offices, rapid access to information versus hours spent in […] [...]

CPAs give advice for end-of-year tax strategy

by Lynn Lofton Published: November 28,2010

Tags: Alexander Van Loon Sloan Levens Favre, Ed Jones, Jerry Levens, Law and Accounting, MBJ Focus

All eyes are focused on Congress to see if Bush Administration’s tax cuts will be extended As the year winds down and holiday festivities begin, thoughts also turn to end-of-year business and tax strategies. Two experienced certified public accountants, Jerry Levens of Gulfport and Ed Jones of Pascagoula, offer some words of advice. Levens points […] [...]

Federal healthcare reform education

Mississippi Society of CPAs leading efforts for accountants As accountants strive to understand the federal healthcare reform legislation, the Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants is giving guidance by helping educate its members. Programs on the healthcare act have been held in Tupelo, Jackson and Hattiesburg with William F. Taylor as the presenter. Taylor, a […] [...]

Dean: Ole Miss law school most under-valued in US

New Ole Miss dean wants to tell the world of school’s value Richard Gershon took the reins as dean of the University of Mississippi School of Law last July with a vision of making the Oxford school better known nationally and internationally. “It’s the most under-valued law school in the country,” he said. “The faculty […] [...]

Bringing back Central Ave.

by Clay Chandler Published: August 22,2010

Tags: 5 year anniversary, Central Avenue, D'Iberville, Katrina, MBJ Focus

In the 1970s and into the 1980s, Central Avenue in D’Iberville was a bustling corridor that connected the small Gulf Coast town with its larger neighbor, Biloxi. Businesses thrived there. According to D’Iberville’s director of community development, between 15,000 and 20,000 cars pounded the Central Avenue pavement daily, most of them carrying commuters to and […] [...]

Building relationships from the ground up

by Laura Smith Published: May 30,2010

Tags: MBJ Focus, real estate, Shellye Beach

Madison broker associate specializes in helping people design and build their homes from the start Shellye Beach was encouraged to enter a career in real estate by an agent she hired to sell her first home. “I was selling my first home, and the woman I listed it with encouraged me to get in the […] [...]

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