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ANALYSIS — Ponzi schemes and controversial clawback claims against investors

  Many have called Madison Timber Properties, LLC the largest Ponzi scheme in Mississippi history. The scheme involved more than one hundred million dollars in investments and hundreds of investors spanning many years. The scheme has attracted the attention of national media outlets including the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Forbes. Now, in the wake of the scheme’s ...

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C Spire event offers windows to the future

By JACK WEATHERLY To hear Randi Zuckerberg tell it, she has achieved her career goals in spite of herself. Of course, it didn’t hurt that she had help early in her career from her famous brother, Mark Zuckerberg, founder and chief officer of Facebook. But Randi really wanted to be a performer. However, that got torpedoed when a performing arts ...

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Ring.com doorbells have a place, but can’t replace systems, firm says

By BECKY GILLETTE Prices start at only $99 for battery powered Ring.com video doorbells that allow you to see, hear and speak to people at your door and monitor activity like packages being dropped off from your phone, tablet and PC. Home security system owners say something like Ring doesn’t provide all the protection needed, but do-it-yourself security systems in ...

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Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton withdraws from Senate race

TUPELO – Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton has dropped out of the race to replace Thad Cochran in the U.S. Senate. A press release issued by the Shelton campaign Tuesday afternoon announced his decision to withdraw from the race. Shelton issued the following statement in the release: “After much prayer and consideration I have reached the decision that I will be ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Time to ridicule legislative leaders?

Good leaders plan ahead.    You find versions of this truism in most leadership bestsellers. In particular, Stephen Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” says “begin with the end in mind;”  Legendary coach John Wooden’s “Wooden on Leadership” says “You must be interested in finding the best way, not in having your own way;” and Sun Tzu’s “The Art of ...

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Entergy gift of $150,000 to move Fannye Cook Natural Area closer to opening

By BECKY GILLETTE Move over Central Park. The 2,700-acre Fannye Cook Natural Area along the Pearl River is Mississippi largest urban natural area–three times the size of New York City’s Central Park. A recent $150,000 grant from Entergy Mississippi will help move the natural area closer to opening. Wildlife Mississippi, a nonprofit conservation organization that owns and manages the Fannye ...

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Mississippi has growth potential where recycling programs are concerned

By JULIA MILLER Each day, Americans create 4 pounds of trash, and landfills fill up a little more. To help counter that, the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality is working with local governments to encourage recycling. “Across the state, our 60 percent of our residents have access to recycling services,” Jennifer Milner, MDEQ’s recycling coordinator, said. “Nationally, that number is ...

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