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BILL CRAWFORD: McCullough will have hands full at MDA

Glenn McCullough / Photo by Thomas Wells from DJOURNAL.COM

Eminently qualified to head up the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA), Glenn McCullough won’t have a cakewalk.   Gov. Phil Bryant announced McCullough’s appointment last Thursday, saying, “He can build a consensus and get things done. We have great momentum in Mississippi, and Glenn will take that success to the next level.”   First, though, McCullough must grapple with budget and ...

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Analysis: Community college fight attracts little attention

JACKSON — Mississippi’s Community College Board should be thankful that the state’s College Board got crossways with University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones. Without the dispute over Jones leaving Ole Miss to distract them, more members of the general public might have noticed the train wreck on the board that coordinates the state’s 15 community and junior colleges. It’s at ...

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DAVID DALLAS: Getting a grip on LGBT issues

Last week Bruce Jenner, the Olympic gold-medal winner, admitted to ABC’s Diane Sawyer and a national television audience that he is transgender. What that means is Bruce Jenner, despite his masculine accoutrement, feels more like a woman and would like to identify himself as one. Jenner won the decathlon in 1976, the most grueling event in the games, requiring strength, ...

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BOBBY HARRISON: Legislature makes unusual constitutional argument

  Granted, it is an arcane point, but the irony of the argument the legislative leadership – Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and Speaker Philip Gunn – presented last week to the Mississippi Supreme Court cannot go without notice. For most of this year, the legislative leadership has been arguing against the citizen-sponsored education funding initiative that will be on the ...

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MARK BLACKWELL — Retirement planning: It isn’t just financial

Quality of life in retirement is about more than how much money you have saved or how much income you generate.  Those are certainly important factors, but AgeLab, a research program within Massachusetts Institute of Technology to study ageing, has identified additional risks that can also diminish the quality of life for the elderly.  AgeLab asserts that these risks must ...

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COMMERCIAL FINANCE 701: Permanent loans & other oxymora

  A n oxymoron – a clever figure of speech that seemingly contradicts itself – can be pretty amusing.  Jumbo shrimp.  Postal Service. Justice Ginsburg.  Devout atheist.  Unbiased opinion. One of our favorite finance-related oxymora is PERMANENT LOANS.  Our partner Roger Williams leads an active practice group specializing in permanent loans for multifamily properties.  But don’t be duped.  Permanent loans ...

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MARTIN WILLOUGHBY: Millsaps’ Pearigen developing tomorrow’s leaders

Management guru Peter Drucker used to relentlessly ask executives – “What business are you in?”  Drucker wrote, “That the question is so rarely asked—at least in a clear and sharp form—and so rarely given adequate study and thought, is perhaps the most important single cause of business failure.” Great leaders consider such questions and make sure their organization has a ...

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JOSH MABUS: Don’t be overwhlemed by the whelm

One can be overwhelmed or underwhelmed, but what about just “whelmed?” I can assure you that being whelmed exists. People tend to talk about experiences that exceed expectations. This could be in the positive or negative. If you have overwhelming service, you’ll likely brag about it. If you’re underwhelmed by the quality of service, you’re likely to rail against it. ...

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Dick Hall: Mississippi’s economic future is tied to its highway system

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At a recent luncheon sponsored by the Madison County Business League & Foundation, Highway Commissioner Dick Hall talked about the importance of highways and transportation to the economic health and future of Mississippi. “Obviously, if you don’t have a good transportation network, then companies who might come to Mississippi will ask themselves whether they can get their goods in and ...

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