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ALAN TURNER — Kemper: A bird’s eye view

A look at the Kemper County Coal Plant from the top. The plant will be tasked with mining lignite coal a few hundred yards away from the plant. That coal is moved through a process that will convert it to syngas. The syngas is then used to drive the energy output of the plant, and the resulting electricity is then moved into the grid.

On June 19, I accepted an invitation from Mississippi Power to visit their Kemper facility, and get an “up close and personal” view of the plant and how it works. Notwithstanding all of the controversy the construction of Kemper has caused in recent years, the actual working of the plant is deceptively simple. Basically, lignite coal is mined a few ...

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DAVID DALLAS: A Mission of Love to End Racism

Auburn Sandstrom cries while praying at a sidewalk memorial in memory of the shooting victims in front of Emanuel AME Church, Monday, June 22, 2015, in Charleston, S.C.  A week of funerals lie ahead for victims of the Charleston church massacre that killed nine people. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Afew months ago, I started attending Mission Mississippi meetings in my home county. Hosted by different churches and community groups each month, the mission of these prayer groups is to encourage and demonstrate unity across racial and denominational lines. The hope is that communities throughout Mississippi will see practical evidence of the Gospel message among a diverse group of believers. ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Academic standards ‘public’ input a joke

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When all is said and done and the board votes in December, we will finally have a set of Mississippi-centric college- and career-ready standards that every person in the state has had an opportunity to comment on,” touted state Superintendent of Education Carey Wright. Not exactly. The input tool provided by the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) works for education ...

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ANALYSIS — Opening meetings, College Board ruling turns 30

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  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 no ...

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JEFFREY GITOMER: Wanna be a sales master? Study other sales masters!

The book, titled “America’s Twelve Master Salesmen,” was written and published by B.C. Forbes & Sons in 1953. Yes, there were women in the book, but in those days, “men” was the universal gender. Today, it’s quite the opposite. The book was based on the fact that each one of these master salespeople had one extremely powerful overriding principle or ...

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ALAN TURNER: Kemper coal plant essentially complete

View of plant facing west at sunset.

We had an opportunity recently to visit with Lee Youngblood, who handles communications for Mississippi Power Co., and learned that the Kemper facility is essentially complete and ready for final testing and certification. “Once that’s done, we expect to see the facility up and running and doing what it’s supposed to do, by early 2016,” he said. Earlier in his ...

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JOSH MABUS: Squeaky wheels derail good brands

You’re sitting on the couch, watching a great movie at the perfect volume with flawless microwave popcorn in your clean house — then disaster strikes. You hear a cricket chirping in the next room. Or is it in the living room? Maybe it’s under the shoes by the door. There’s no way you can go back to your movie without ...

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BOOK BIZ: This classic story of the Himalayas endures

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In writer and naturalist Peter Matthiessen’s beloved nonfiction work The Snow Leopard, we’re transported to the far-away land of the Himalayas, as he joins biologist George Schaller on a quest to study the rare blue sheep of that region. Both Schaller and Matthiessen hope to catch a glance of the elusive and near-mythic snow leopard, as well, as it stalks ...

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