Jackson CBD promoters cheer Forman Watkins’ move to Regions Plaza

Downtown Jackson law firm Forman Watkins & Krutz will soon move to the upper four floors of Regions Plaza at 210 E. Capitol St

By TED CARTER Regions Plaza’s future, as well as its bottom line, became considerably brighter with Tuesday’s announcement that law firm Forman Watkins & Krutz will occupy the upper four floors of the 22-story tower in downtown Jackson. The 29-year-old firm’s move from downtown’s City Centre into the 55,000 square foot space should be completed by late May or early June, ...

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Brandon Clement chasing storms and his dreams

Brandon Clement of Terry chased the Bennington tornado, a large, violent tornado that touched down near Bennington, Kan., May 30, 2013. The tornado was unusual in that it hardly moved over a period of about an hour when tornadoes usually speed through areas.

By BECKY GILLETTE Some people might think it well, a bit foolhardy, to be chasing after tornadoes. But Brandon Clement of Terry finds it exhilarating to observe weather in its most extreme forms — and sharing that information with the National Weather Service, emergency responders and the general public in the form of live feeds goes beyond entertaining to being potentially ...

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Shift to fiscal hardliners makes road rough for new transportation money


By TED CARTER Mississippi’s business leaders may have waited too long – or perhaps not long enough – in targeting winter 2016 for a legislative showdown on how Mississippi pays for upkeep of its roads, bridges and other infrastructure. Today, any comprehensive transportation package that includes new funding is up against a 2016 legislative class with a sizable number of members ...

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Ga. Chamber big player in Peach State’s 2015 transportation funding overhaul


  By TED CARTER Georgia once paid its residents to drive hybrid vehicles. Today, it is charging owners of the electric automobiles $200 a year to drive on Georgia roads. The registration fee on hybrids, which climbs to $300 for commercial vehicles, brought strong protests but survived as part of an extensive 2015 transportation funding revamp that is projected to generate ...

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Do hybrid owners pay their share, or do they have a target on their back?

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  By TED CARTER Georgia did it. So did Virginia, before the Commonwealth decided it wasn’t such a great idea, after all. The two states enacted special registration fees on hybrid cars, figuring that motorists who drive electrically powered cars put wear and tear on roadways but avoid paying the motor fuel taxes that pay for road maintenance. With the stroke ...

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Pullout by United Health would hurt competition in state’s exchange

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By JACK WEATHERLY  A bright outlook for the Mississippi insurance exchange for 2016 is threatened by the possible pullout in 2017 of its biggest insurer. The United Health Group says it may depart from all the Affordable Care Act exchanges because they are a drain on its bottom line. United Health plans to expand its coverage to all 82 counties in the ...

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Small businesses report premiums rising, are unaware of stiff IRS fine


By JACK WEATHERLY  Sixty-three percent of small-business owners reported higher health insurance premiums between July 2014 and July 2015, according to a National Federation of Independent Business survey. Also, 16 percent of the businesses surveyed are offering – and 20 percent are considering offering — a benefit for workers that they don’t realize is outlawed by the Internal Revenue Service’s interpretation ...

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Nurse turns entrepreneur with Marina Cottage Soap Co.

Cottage Soap Co.  products are handcrafted in the back of the store 
in Ocean Springs and sold up front and online.

By LISA MONTI Vanessa Mueller can still remember how her young daughter suffered from eczema and how frustrated she was with the limited treatment options. “As a mom, I felt helpless,” she said. “We tried creams and lotions to get some relief, but nothing was working.” So Mueller, a registered nurse, decided to use her training and experience to develop soaps ...

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Businesses, be careful paying the bills

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By BECKY GILLETTE Gone are the days when businesses had to mail checks to pay bills and wait until the end of the month to get bank statements. Now both large and small businesses find it extremely convenient to bank online. “The old fashioned way was to write a check, mail it and then it would take time to clear,” said ...

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Reed Metals’ Crawford finds success, happiness in a variety of occupations

Ed Crawford is chief financial office at Reed’s Metals, a multi-million dollar metal roofing and metal building manufacturer in Brookhaven.

By LISA MONTI Ed Crawford, a self-confessed numbers guy, had two dream jobs: working as a CPA and as an Air Force officer. He’s successfully realized both. The Ely, Minn., native is chief financial officer of Reed’s Metals, a multi-million dollar metal roofing and metal building manufacturer in Brookhaven. “I always wanted to be a CPA,” Crawford said. With two and ...

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