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ALAN TURNER: Joel Bomgar an entrepreneur and budding politician

  At 35, Joel Bomgar has accomplished more than most business professionals achieve in a lifetime.  He took a concept he came up with in his undergraduate years at Belhaven, and started a company with that concept in the very next week after he graduated. The rest was a very fast forwarded record of success that took the company from ...

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JACK WEATHERLY: Summertime and fears from not so long ago

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The little girl whose blue veins shone through her lovely ivory skin was dead. She could have been my first girlfriend. I had a crush on her when I was seven or eight. It was on one of those languorous summer days when the news was spread rapidly through our Memphis neighborhood by children— fleet little messengers of sorrow. Joan ...

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JEFFREY GITOMER: Want to start making an attitude change? Take attitude actions

I define attitude as, “The way you dedicate yourself to the way you think.” Think negative or think positive is a choice and a process. Negative is (unfortunately) an instinctive process. Positive is a learned self-discipline that must be studied and practiced every day. To achieve a POSITIVE attitude, or as I have named it, a “YES! Attitude,” you must ...

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THE SPIN CYCLE: Companies fail to deliver on their brand promise

A brand promise is the cementing of a company’s identity in the minds of its audiences. According to Gallup, companies are largely failing to make good on their agreements. Only half of the nearly 18 million customers Gallup surveyed strongly believe that the companies they do business with always deliver on what they promise. The other half, not so much. ...

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DAVID DALLAS: All testy over third-grade reading results

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The results are in: 15 percent of Mississippi’s third graders were unable to pass the reading test that allows them to advance to the fourth grade. Given our woeful funding and track record on education, perhaps we should take pride in the fact that eighty-five percent of the children were able to pass what amounts to a very simple reading test. While ...

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Analysis: Mississippi battling execution issues on 2 fronts

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  JACKSON — On June 20, it will be three years since Mississippi’s last execution. On that date in 2012, Gary Carl Simmons Jr., a former grocery store butcher, was executed for dismembering a man during a 1996 attack in which he also raped the man’s female friend. Mississippi has gone through similar hiatuses. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Legislature undercut Fisher’s efforts to clean up MDOC

Why did the Legislature make the job of new MDOC Commissioner Marshall Fisher so hard? Following the indictment and resignation of the former commissioner, Gov. Phil Bryant in December appointed the formidable Fisher to head up the Mississippi Department of Corrections. “His first mission will be to detect and eliminate any criminal activity that occurs within our correctional facilities,” said ...

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IKE TROTTER: Weighing in on reverse mortgages

More and more we see on TV or read in the paper about Reverse Mortgages and the opportunities available for homeowners to “unlock” the equity in their home. I thought it might be helpful to discuss this unique type of home equity loan and the resulting implications they offer to homeowners, particularly those who are retired and elderly. Created in ...

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TODD SMITH’S SPIN CYCLE: Government needs good PR firm counsel

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Government, whether federal, state or local, has many arms – so there’s many departments and areas of concern and a multitude of people and organizations to keep happy. Any help in the process is good, but specialized help from a PR firm can make or break any effort made by that governing entity. A good PR firm can also lend ...

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