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JOSH MABUS — Shoutrage: Yelling instead of fixing


I love the way social media connects us all. It allows everyone to share his or her story on a broad platform. Facebook keeps up with all my family vacation photos and Twitter keeps a constant stream of headlines coming my way so I can pop in and out whenever I want. Instagram gives me small doses of art, and ...

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TODD SMITH — Social networking jumps nearly tenfold in past decade


Nearly two-thirds of American adults (65 percent) use social networking sites, up from 7 percent when Pew Research Center began systematically tracking social media usage in 2005. Pew Research reports have documented in great detail how the rise of social media has affected such things as work, politics and political deliberation, communications patterns around the globe, as well as the ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Harper perturbed by Freedom Caucus actions

Congressman Gregg Harper

The disorder in the U.S. House of Representatives even caused Mississippi’s calm Congressman Gregg Harper to become perturbed. Harper “expressed irritation with the House Freedom Caucus,” reported The Clarion-Ledger, after the caucus failed to support California Congressman Kevin McCarthy for Speaker of the House. “We should move forward methodically and select someone who can unite 247 Republicans in order to ...

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LISA MONTI — Life after cable


  I  complained for years about paying a cable bill and not having anything worth watching. Who hasn’t? Even after ratcheting down to the basic cable package, the cost for the useless channels and mediocre programs was an annoying waste. Then last summer during an afternoon squall, a bolt of lightning snuffed out my television set. After making sure that ...

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(MBJ-TV) ALAN TURNER — Alon Bee a banker and an optimist

Alon Bee

One seldom meets an executive who has essentially spent an entire career with one company, but Alon Bee can make that claim.  Although he started out working with banks that were then acquired by other banks and so on, he’s stayed the course through the years, and is today, the city president for Regions Bank’s Metro Jackson division. In his ...

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JOSH MABUS — Wasting time where there’s no value?


I have a love/hate relationship with trade shows. On one hand, I have a captive audience composed of the people who, on paper, are most likely to do business with me. On the other hand, not all are qualified, ready or willing to. When I started going to trade shows regularly, I discovered what I have since termed the Law ...

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PEYTON SMITH — Hired and non-owned automobile liability coverage

auto insurance

How many times do employees or business owners conduct a business activity while driving their own personal automobiles? Almost every business has to make deposits at the bank, pick up and drop off mail at the post office or pick up office supplies and materials for the business. Other businesses may require employees to travel out of town for meetings ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Initiative 42 not what we need in Mississippi


The November vote on Initiative 42 is days away. Since it amends the state constitution, voters should carefully consider its long-term impacts. Unlike statutes that can be changed yearly, constitutional amendments last for many years. Initiative 42 advocates say a constitutional amendment is needed to force the Legislature to fully fund the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP). Most state leaders ...

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