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ALAN TURNER — Mississippi newspapers are a vital part of our state and its communities

Will Norton, Joel McNeece, Layne Bruce

To paraphrase what Mark Twain once famously said upon reading the news of his demise: the news of newspapers’ death has been greatly exaggerated. In fact, Mississippi’s newspapers are generally doing quite well, thank you.  Recently, I had the opportunity to meet with several folks who are in the know about Mississippi newspapers.  Layne Bruce is the executive director of ...

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JOSH MABUS — What happened to quality?

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I noticed a post on Facebook recently. A friend posted a picture of a ripped cuff on his shirt. The caption asked, “What happened to quality?” It was a (relatively) cheap shirt from a big-box retailer (I know because I own the same one). So what did happen to quality? No long ago, Mercedes-Benz introduced a $30,000 car. I drive ...

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TODD SMITH — Earned media still matters, according to new poll

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In a world ruled by social media, a new study from Ogilvy PR reminds us that traditional media outlets have not, in fact, gone the way of the dinosaur – and neither should the earned media portion of your publicity plan. In fact, the survey reveals that earned media is still, by leaps and bounds, the most powerful resource for ...

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ALAN TURNER – Hibbett Neel: Engineering for growth

Hibbett Neel is president and CEO of Neel-Schaffer.

Recently, I had the opportunity to spend some time with Hibbett Neel, President and CEO of Neel-Schaffer, and learn about his long business success, the company, and some of Mississippi’s infrastructure needs. Born in Smyrna, Tenn., Hibbett defined himself as “the black sheep of the family,” as he chose a career path that was somewhat different than what his family ...

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Commercial Finance 701 – Business entity selection: Choose wisely or pay later

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By Clark C. Luke The choice of entity form is perhaps one of the most confusing and difficult decisions an entrepreneur will face.  The decision will have significant implications for future taxation, personal liability, management\voting rights, ease of financing, and subsequent transfers of assets or ownership. My law partners Molly Jeffcoat Moody and Ben Williams, the regular authors of this ...

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MARTY WISEMAN – Republican candidates and the Affordable Care Act: the plot thickens

With each passing day, the anticipation of the first debate among the 15 or 16 Republican presidential candidates grows more intense.  Under the Fox format only the top 10 will make onto the stage.  Where would we political junkies be without Donald Trump?  When the GOP hopefuls stormed out of the blocks one could fairly easily guess what the major ...

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REPORTER’S NOTEBOOK: Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ sequel clears the air

“Go Set a Watchman” is the sequel to Harper Lee’s first published novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird.” “Watchman” was written first – as is widely known now thanks to the ballyhooed discovery of the manuscript. Then it was rewritten and turned into the acclaimed, nay, beloved “Mockingbird.” The original manuscript was put away and all but forgotten. “Watchman” removes any ...

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TODD SMITH: Top advertisers are spending smarter – here’s how

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Ad Age’s annual report on the nation’s top advertisers shows how blue-chip marketers are getting more bang for their billions of bucks. Ten key points from the 60th annual Leading National Advertisers report: 1. Total U.S. ad spending – measured media plus unmeasured spending – rose a slim 2 percent in 2014 for the 200 Leading National Advertisers, but the ...

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