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BOOK BIZ – Life is about choices, good and bad

» Hausfrau
By Jill Alexander Essbaum
Published by Random House
$26.00 hardback

What makes us choose a particular book to read? The most obvious is that we read a review or a brief synopsis or the dust jacket plot description and it sounds like a story we’d enjoy. Or, it may be the author’s track record and that we’ve read other titles by him or her and liked them. For me with ...

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JEFFREY GITOMER: What can you do to get better? Follow the masters

What can you do to get better? Follow the masters. I began this year in retrospect by reading a 60-year-old book on the masters of selling. The book, titled “America’s Twelve Master Salesmen,” was written and published by B.C. Forbes & Sons in 1953. The book was based on the fact that each one of these master salespeople had one ...

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Analysis: Bryant lets suffrage bills stand without signature

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  JACKSON — In his first term, Gov. Phil Bryant has allowed eight bills to become law without his signature. All have been suffrage bills. Mississippians convicted of certain felonies lose the right to vote. Those who lose their vote have to be pardoned by the governor or go to the Legislature, where it takes a two-thirds majority to restore ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Politicians right to question Oxford Houses

Paul Molloy was a drunk working on Capitol Hill.  He ended up in a psych ward, then a county-run halfway house. When the county closed the house, Molloy and fellow residents sought to keep it open. They agreed to share rent, require residents to be sober, and make decisions by majority vote. The model worked.   Sober and back working on ...

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DAVID DALLAS — Kemper III: Return of the co-op

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Earlier last week, South Mississippi Electric Power Association (SMEPA) backed out of its partnership with Southern Company of Atlanta and its subsidiary, Mississippi Power Company (MPC). It was a bold step by the Board of SMEPA to protect rate payers but their decision creates even more problems for the embattled Kemper County Energy Facility. Southern Company’s “clean-coal” is new, untried ...

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SUMESH ARORA — What makes you an innovator?

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I nnovation has the power to transform lives and comes in all shapes, sizes and colors; from rural and urban areas; and in small steps and in giant leaps. Generally, when one thinks of innovation, the latest electronic gadgets or self-driving cars probably jump out as the most obvious examples. Innovation in Mississippi is actually evident in many areas of ...

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THE SPIN CYCLE: How Facebook’s new publishing deal with major media could impact public relations

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Last week, we discussed how the new Facebook deal allowing major national media to publish directly to the news feed is impacting the news biz? if you’re a fan of the New York Times, National Geographic, Buzzfeed and NBC News, among others, you will be able to read your favorite articles without leaving Facebook. Welcome, Instant Articles. In the past, ...

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JOSH MABUS: I’d rather be a follower than a coward

Books, blogs, speakers, preachers and everyone else with a platform have spent the better part of the last decade comparing leaders to followers. Has this trope gotten old yet? The message is clear: if you’re not leading, you’re following. If you’re following, you’re losing. We’ve demonized the role of the follower and created a mad rush toward lead-ership roles. Just ...

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