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DAVID DALLAS: BP disaster demonstrates need for change

Deepwater Horizon

Call me crazy, but I’ve always had a soft spot for British Petroleum. One of my favorite childhood memories is having our car filled up and serviced at the old Walt’s Gulf station in the middle of downtown Cleveland, Mississippi. Mr. Walt had a young man named Charles that worked for him. Charles would let me help him fill up ...

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TODD SMITH: NBC’s Brian Williams begins ‘apology tour’

Taylor Swift

For the first time in four months, suspended NBC News anchor Brian Williams is meeting with groups of colleagues and apologizing for misstatements that embarrassed the news division and gave the veteran news man – and the NBC brand – a black eye. It’s already being dubbed an “apology tour.” Williams spent time with staffers of his former program, the ...

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JOSH MABUS: Shed 50 pounds using these overlooked marketing techniques; Learning from the click bait era

marketing

You Won’t Believe What These Child Actors Are Doing Now.” “Eight Things Your Doctor is Lying About.” “Make $1,000 a Week Working From Home Using Just This Trick.” “One Mom’s Trick to Staying Fit on the Go.” “What This Kid Says Will Restore Your Faith in Humanity.” We probably see 100 headlines like these everyday while scrolling down our Facebook ...

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Analysis: Opening meetings, College Board ruling turns 30

open government

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court’s landmark ruling on open meetings and the state College Board is 30 years old this year. The ruling removed any doubt the constitutionally created public bodies — including the state College Board — must comply with the Open Meeting Act. Justice Lenore Prather wrote in the 1985 unanimous decision: “The open meeting legislation is ...

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BOOK BIZ — Sales brisk for three cookbooks published in Mississippi

BookBiz-quailridge-feature_rgb

Books of all genre are associated with Mississippi, thanks to our literary tradition. So it’s great news that Quail Ridge Press, a small publishing company based in Brandon, has three titles ranking high on various sales lists. The three are cookbooks — Deep South Dish: Homestyle Southern Recipes by Mary Foreman, The Complete Low-Carb Cookbook by George Stella and Slow ...

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AARON EDWARDS — Business sales strategy 101: The basics

marketing

Y ou’ve spent years growing and developing your business and are now considering a recapitalization or exit strategy. Do you sell a portion of your business to a private equity group in order to take advantage of growth and other business/personal opportunities?  Do you sell the entire business to a management team or strategic buyer as part of your overall ...

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LAW ELEVATED — It’s a good time to franchise your business – can you do it?

Franchising. Business Background.

Franchising is used to expand – and cook up – many types of businesses, especially restaurants. This is understandable, as it’s often viewed as less capital intensive and less risky than other kinds of expansion. Mississippi has a strong history of restaurant franchising and, in my opinion, a host of opportunity for more. It’s not surprising – we’ve got great ...

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DAVID DALLAS: The flag flaps over the state’s next governor’s race

Phillip Gunn

We must always remember our past, but that does not mean we must let it define us,” Mississippi House Speaker Phillip Gunn said last week. “As a Christian, I believe our state’s flag has become a point of offense that needs to be removed. We need to begin having conversations about changing Mississippi’s flag.” That’s right, Speaker Gunn used a ...

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