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Jackson convention hotel proposer doesn’t see past troubles hampering bid

By TED CARTER The leader of a group vying to develop a Jackson convention center hotel says difficulties the team’s financial adviser had with the Securities and Exchange Commission should not hurt the team’s selection chances. Nor should Mychal Jefferson’s arrest on an auto theft charge while a college student 25 years ago harm the team’s prospects, Mississippi Development LLC’s CEO ...

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SUMESH ARORA — Keeping the lights on and growing jobs with solar energy

Innovation, idea

In my last column I shared the nationally acclaimed story about how the Mississippi Baptist Medical Center (MBMC) in Jackson kept its lights on in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina by relying on their combined heat and power system.  Another tiny ray of light, literally and figuratively, was the solar panel system installed at a home located on Mills ...

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Health care mergers alter market


By LISA MONTI  It has been a summer of mergers. Kicking off the July announcements, insurer Centene Corp. agreed to buy Health Net Inc. for $6 billion in cash and stock. Then Aetna announced its intention to merge with rival Humana in a $37 billion deal. The resulting new company would have more than 33 million members. Also in July, ...

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FOCUS ON INSURANCE — Fear the deer this time of year


By BECKY GILLETTE Deer hunting season is approaching, and with it brings the most dangerous time of the year in Mississippi for deer collisions with vehicles. Probably one of the main hobbies for men in Mississippi is deer hunting, but anyone who has had his or her vehicles smashed by a collision with a deer might wish for fewer deer in ...

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TODD SMITH — 7 ways social media can improve customer satisfaction


As many organizations already know, social media can be a powerful customer relationship tool, driving traffic to your brand. It can also damage your brand when not used properly. “Many brands have been severely damaged by not respecting social media, either by engaging on an ad hoc basis or simply having the wrong team or individual (or strategy) to manage ...

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JOSH MABUS — Struggling for content? Don’t create, try to curate


You haven’t posted a Facebook message in days. You haven’t tweeted in weeks. Your blog? Well, it’s got more dust on it than a phone book. Now you’re covered in cold sweat, staring at your computer monitor. You’ve been told engaging your audience through social media is important, but you have immense trouble creating content regularly. You want to bang ...

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BOOK BIZ — Narcissistic fashion world background for tale of friendship


This award-winning book is an odd story — sometimes twisted — that compels the reader to continue to the end. First published in 2005 and again in 2006, it’s the story of a 20-year friendship between two women as told through the thoughts of a stumbling, wreck-of-a-life former model, Alison. Veronica is the eccentric middle-aged office temp who somehow strikes ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — GOP debate fails voters

Republican presidential candidate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, right, and Donald Trump joke during the CNN Republican presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, in Simi Valley, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

“We need the strongest military on the face of the planet,” said Carly Fiorina, one of the “winners” of last week’s Republican presidential debate. “And, specifically, what that means is we need about 50 Army brigades, we need about 36 Marine battalions, we need somewhere between 300 and 350 naval ships, we need to upgrade every leg of the nuclear ...

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On-demand-retail adding new niche for EastGroup

EastGroup Properties’ Steele Creek Commerce Park building in Charlotte offers a combination of warehouse and office space and is visible from Interstate 485.

By TED CARTER A warehouse distribution model Jackson’s EastGroup Properties conceived nearly 20 years ago has found itself well situated to benefit from today’s “must-have-it-now” retail demand. “People want stuff and they want it quick,” said Leland Speed, the soon-to-retire founder and chairman of the real estate investment trust, or REIT. He opened the doors of the public held company in ...

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