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PHIL HARDWICK — The best summer job I ever had

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It was 1965. The summer between my junior and senior year at Central High School in Jackson, Mississippi. Vietnam was heating up, civil rights events were being held and other events were in the news, but like most 17-year-old boys this one had other things on his mind: Mostly cars and girls. We interrupt this column to mention that today’s ...

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MARK BLACKWELL — A trip abroad may be cheaper this year

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  If your family is like mine, you may be in the habit of vacationing in the same stateside location summer after summer.  There is a lot to be said for sticking with what’s familiar – locales where you know you will find amenities that everyone has enjoyed in the past and would likely enjoy again.  However, this may also ...

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DAVID DALLAS — Mississippi sunshine and the perfect storm

These Desoto solar panels are part of Entergy's small scale “Bright Future Solar Projects”

The perfect solar storm is hitting Mississippi. One that could have us all dancing and singing that Brady Bunch song, “Sunshine Day.” More solar panel manufacturing jobs have come to our state. Entergy Mississippi has developed a pilot project to collect better data for more efficient solar energy for its consumers. And our Public Service Commission is set to approve net ...

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Analysis: State considers other options for failing schools

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  When Gov. Phil Bryant approved plans by the Mississippi Department of Education last week to take over the Tunica County school district, it was a familiar process. Mississippi has taken over a district at least 19 times since 1996. Tunica joins Oktibbeha County and North Panola on the list of districts that have been taken over twice. More than ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Are schools teaching the way to peace, liberty, and safety

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Kids get abysmal grade in history,” read the headline. “Most U.S. high school seniors have a poor grasp of the nation’s history,” read the story’s first line.   Diane Ravitch, historian, NYU professor, and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education said, “Our ability to defend – intelligently and thoughtfully – what we as a nation hold dear depends on our ...

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SUMESH ARORA — Can innovation in Mississippi be a national model?

Tony Jeff (president/ CEO of Innovate Mississippi) is teaching the students about the basics of entrepreneurship and how technology is evolving and why they should care

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In my last column I showed that Mississippi has vast untapped potential for innovation, mainly because of our human asset.  Based on research first published in 1962 in the book Diffusion of Innovations we have we have the potential to build an army of roughly 74,000 innovators.  While statistically, this number represents just 2.5 percent of our population, these individuals ...

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COMMERCIAL FINANCE 701 — Participations: One loan and multiple banks

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H igh dollar projects and banks’ house limits are major drivers of commercial loan participations.  This article addresses why and how banks join together to make a single commercial loan. What is a loan participation? A loan participation is an arrangement among banks in which one bank shares part of its loan with one or more banks.  The arrangement is ...

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TODD SMITH — Benefits of building relationships with twitter influencers

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Do you notice who is sharing, replying to and engaging with your tweets the most? Or the people you’re connected to within your industry, which have huge followings that can’t wait to hear the latest? Twitter can be a great tool for influencer marketing – building relationships with influential, targeted individuals or brands. Here are five reasons why you should ...

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ALAN TURNER — Glenn McCullough taking on the challenge of Mississippi’s economic development

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  This past week, we had the opportunity to meet with Glenn McCullough, the new head of the MDA, to discuss some of his thoughts and perspectives on energizing Mississippi’s economic development effort. A lifelong Mississippian who was born in Tupelo, Glenn is no stranger to either public or private business. After graduating from Tupelo public schools and Mississippi State ...

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