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‘Green’ paint easier to define than to find in a store

By BECKY GILLETTE It may be easier to define green paints than it is to purchase them. While there are green paints on the market, it can be difficult walking into a paint store and getting good information about which products are the most green, said Dr. James Rawlins, associate professor of polymer science at the University of Southern Mississippi ...

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MDA has alternative fuel vehicle loan funds available

By BECKY GILLETTE Currently the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) has about $225,000 available in the Mississippi Alternative Fuel School Bus and Municipal Motor Vehicle Revolving Loan Program dedicated to help fund the purchase of new alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) and/or the infrastructure necessary to run these vehicles. The Mississippi Alternative Fuel School Bus and Municipal Motor Vehicle Revolving (AFV) Loan ...

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PONZI POINTS: Notable from the charging document

Allegations from the criminal information filing against Arthur Lamar Adams: » Adams ran the Ponzi scheme from early 2011 through April of this year, prosecutors say. » Adams kept the scheme going by paying earlier investors with money collected from new investors, prosecutors say. “Adams lulled and persuaded investors to maintain their investments and to invest additional funds by timely paying ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Touting economic development is as American as motherhood and apple pie

Economic and community development have seemingly passed motherhood and apple pie as the “American” thing. When was the last time you heard a candidate for public office proclaim his or objection to economic development?  But exactly what is economic development?  Or community development for that matter? The term “economic development” was hardly used before World War II, although the concept has been ...

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UPDATED — U.S. Attorney charges Jackson man in $100 million Ponzi scheme

By TED CARTER In a plea federal prosecutors indicated would later be changed to an admission of guilt, a 58-year-old Jackson man pleaded not guilty Tuesday afternoon in what could be Mississippi’s largest Ponzi scheme ever. The U.S. Attorneys office in Jackson alleges Arthur Lamar Adams used fraudulently deeded timberland to bilk well over $100 million from hundreds of investors ...

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Hancock Bank and Whitney Bank are now Hancock Whitney Bank

  By BECKY GILLETTE GULFPORT — When Hancock Bank and Whitney Bank merged in 2011, they kept their respective names due to each being so large and well known in their respective markets for nearly 100 years. But now the banks are merging in name, as well.  The banks will be renamed Hancock Whitney Bank on May 25. The bank ...

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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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