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ERIC DYESS: Is sugar really as toxic as fat, cholesterol?

For those who watched the episode on “60 Minutes” entitled “Sugar Toxic”, you might be mortified to ever drink another soda or add that carcinogen-laced sugar packet to your latte tomorrow. Maybe you should. As a physician involved with lipoprotein metabolism (think “cholesterol disorders”) for more than 25 years, my immediate reaction to the idea that it is sugar and ...

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Waycaster a steady hand leading Renasant

TUPELO – For the first time since the turn of the millennium, Renasant Corp. will have a new chief executive. On Tuesday, Mitch Waycaster steps into the role of chairman and CEO of the the financial holding company that is the parent of Renasant Bank. Robin McGraw, who announced a year ago that he would retire from those positions he’s ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — White space the solution for rural broadband?

White space surrounding rural folks across Mississippi may be the solution to closing our digital divide.   Huh?   Well, “white space refers to the unused broadcasting frequencies in the wireless spectrum,” according to techrepublic.com.   Huh?   Okay, it’s basically unused TV channels. Turns out TV channel frequencies below 700 Mhz function sort of like 4G so they can be ...

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MIKE ESPY — Ag tariffs: We should be careful what we ask for

Military wars are dangerous, expensive, and as we have seen in the decades old conflict in Afghanistan- can be quite lengthy, but in the end America will win. However, when the conflict concerns international trade, the same cannot be said, because in trade wars the outcome cannot be confidently predicted. As a unified nation, the force of our military, more ...

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COMMERCIAL FINANCE 701 — A LIBOR Update: Here comes SOFR!

  Following the sounding of LIBOR’s death knell last summer, a flurry of governmental and industry activity culminated in the selection of SOFR as a replacement index rate for commercial loans.  Accordingly, a sequel of our August 2017 column “The Passing of LIBOR” is in order. London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) Recall on July 27, 2017, the Brits prospectively announced ...

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Toyota to invest $170 million, add 400 jobs at Mississippi plant

By JACK WEATHERLY Toyota announced Thursday it will invest $170 million in its Blue Springs plant and create 400 jobs to build the 12th generation Corolla. The investment in the new Toyota New Global Architecture enables the assembly plant to stay competitive globally. “We will be able to respond quicker and be more flexible in order to meet market demands down the road,” Toyota Mississippi President Sean ...

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Costco without gas pumps seen as a possibility

By JACK WEATHERLY A week after the Mississippi Supreme Court struck down rezoning that would have accommodated a Costco Wholesale store planned for Ridgeland the status of the project remains in the dark. Speculation is that the ruling simply would not allow the store on Highland Colony Parkway to have gasoline pumps, but that the 100,000-square-foot store could move forward. That interpretation is apparently based, at ...

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Director: Gulfport port work nearing completion, jobs ‘trend’ positive

By Jack Weatherly Completion of the restoration and expansion of the Port of Gulfport, begun during the administration of then-Gov. Haley Barbour, is about six months away, and jobs creation is “trending” toward meeting the terms of nearly $570 million from the federal government. That is the assessment of Jonathan Daniels, executive director of the port. Daniels said in an interview Tuesday that rebuilding and ...

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JOHN FLETCHER: Internet sales tax gets its day in court

» Supreme Court hears arguments in major case challenging Quill Like kids queuing for the next iPhone or Star Wars episode, state and local tax experts from across the country last week camped out overnight to witness U.S. Supreme Court arguments in the internet sales tax case, South Dakota v. Wayfair.  The online seller, along with Overstock.com and Newegg, challenged ...

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TODD SMITH — Earned (PR) vs. paid (advertising) media

Nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of public relations professionals surveyed for this year’s Global Communications Report predict that in five years the average consumer will not be able to distinguish between news stories written by journalists and promotional content purchased by an organization. And almost as many (59 percent) believe the average person will not care if they can tell the ...

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