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

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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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TODD SMITH — Create compelling news releases for the digital age


The fall news cycle is full of stories that are competing for reader attention and clicks. Politics, weather systems, football scores, terrorism, quarterly earnings reports, and the latest entertainment buzz – your news is competing against all of the content on the Internet, not just your competition’s news or other news in your industry. How can your story rise above ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Despite speculation, funding for Kemper plant likely

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.

As the current membership of the Mississippi Public Service Commission nears a decision on the initial rate hike requested by Mississippi Power Company for its Kemper power plant, speculation runs rampant on what the new membership will do on next year’s full funding request.    Speculation spiked last week when Moody’s downgraded the company’s credit rating and, prematurely, cited the ...

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MARK BLACKWELL — Accessing retirement funds


For many, finally achieving retirement signifies passing from years of toil and diligence to a more carefree lifestyle.  When it comes to making the most of your money, though, your retirement celebration may mark the end of some considerations, but it marks the beginning of many more.  Managing the allocation of your investment accounts and having a plan to minimize ...

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JOSH MABUS — In the brand world, continuity, not content, is king


One of the oldest axioms in marketing is the Rule of Seven, which says it takes seven exposures to a brand or product before a consumer is comfortable trusting the brand, accepting the brand’s message or purchasing the product. Most people say the rule started in the ‘30s with Hollywood film promotion but it’s attributed to plenty of marketing experts ...

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TODD SMITH — The most popular brands in each state


Public relations and marketing agencies make it a priority to identify the nation’s regional brand tastes – why people choose Coca-Cola over Pepsi, or Ford over Chrysler – in one part of the country over another. While the volumes of marketing research can point to the brands that are held in high regard in a given state – and why ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Will GOP strength result in politics or progress?

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Voters gave Republicans greater control over the Mississippi Legislature. What will they do with this increased power… play politics or push for progress?   The last four years, with slightly less control, the Republican majority made fiscal progress by eliminating reliance on one-time funding for ongoing expenditures and slowing the upward trend in bonded indebtedness. They passed improvements to education such ...

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