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ALAN TURNER — Madison County a vision for growth


It’s really great to be back in Mississippi.  I had forgotten how many good friends I have in this state,” Dr. Lance Nail told us recently at the 2015 Vision Celebration, sponsored by the Madison County Business League & Foundation and the Madison County Economic Development Authority. Lance was the keynote speaker at the event, which was held at the ...

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BOOKBIZ — Strunk and White as relevant today as ever

» The Elements of Style (Illustrated edition)  
By William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White (Illustrated by Maira Kalman)
Published by Penguin Books       
$18.00 softback

Omit needless words.” “Be clear.” “Use the active voice.” “Do not overwrite.” These are just a few highlights from the straightforward instructions found in the classic book The Elements of Style. You may remember it, as so many do, from your high school English composition class. No matter if you graduated 40-years ago or four, this little book is as ...

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Analysis: New PSC member Brown could be swing vote on Kemper

A look at the Kemper County Coal Plant from the top. The plant will be tasked with mining lignite coal a few hundred yards away from the plant. That coal is moved through a process that will convert it to syngas. The syngas is then used to drive the energy output of the plant, and the resulting electricity is then moved into the grid.

Marked for death by Republicans, Democrat Cecil Brown may end up playing a critical role when he takes up his new post as public service commissioner representing the Central District. Four years ago, the Democrat was dethroned from his perch as chairman of the House Education Committee and bumped off the House Appropriations Committee by the incoming GOP majority. The ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Underperforming state economy thumps state budget

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Uh oh.  Money to fund Mississippi government is below target this year and will be less than expected next year.   So much for fully funding MAEP next year, or big tax cuts, or big funding increases for colleges, universities or other state agencies.   And this is a surprise?   Given all the tax cuts, rebates, and credits passed by ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — The last resort for homes that won’t sell

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The Smiths home had been on the market a long time. It was a beautiful property priced right, but it just seemed that it would not sell. The Smiths were desperate. Finally, they dug a hole in the front yard, planted an item and said a prayer. Their property sold the next week. The dream of just about every seller ...

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JOSH MABUS — Whenever = when? never


We have a saying at Mabus Agency: “If it’s hard to do, it will never get done.” We call it the rule of wheNEVER. And if I’m honest, I’m not the first person to discover this phenomenon. A lot of people just call it human nature. We named this phenomenon as a way to remind ourselves to make things as ...

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BOOKBIZ — An exploration into Patti Smith’s mind and memories

» M Train  
By Patti Smith 
Published by Alfred A. Knopf       
$25.00 hardback

Patti Smith is a woman of many talents. She’s an accomplished performer, visual artist, and photographer, as well as a punk-rock icon and poet. With the publication of her exceptional memoir Just Kids in 2010, she added National Book Award winner to the list. In Just Kids (which I liked so much I read it twice within a year) Smith ...

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ALAN TURNER — Polly Dement: celebrating Mississippi entrepreneurs (with video)

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Polly Dement, author of Mississippi Entrepreneurs, grew up in Vicksburg and learned her chosen craft of writing partly as a result of her education at Millsaps, where she was fortunate enough to attend some of the Welty seminars when the author was writer-in-residence there. From there, she wound up spending the next 30 years in Washington, D.C., where she worked ...

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