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TODD SMITH: Improve Google search results for your PR

Ever heard the adage about the best place to hide a dead body is on page five of Google search results – because no one ever goes there? Current and prospective audiences do not travel that far on a search engine because they are either busy, lazy, or simply assume there is nothing past page two that they need to ...

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BOOK BIZ: Donna Tartt’s first book stands the test of time

With the publication of her third novel, The Goldfinch, which won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, Mississippian Donna Tartt’s place in literary history was assured. Her first book, The Secret History, is every bit as fascinating and has been hooking readers with its blend of chilling mystery and social commentary since its publication in 1992. Born in Greenwood and ...

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JOSH MABUS: The Tao of Road House

Be nice. It’s strange that we have to be told this. It’s even stranger that Patrick Swayze has to remind us. In the 1989 genre-busting Road House, Swayze plays Dalton, a legendary “cooler,” a sort of super bouncer who’s recruited from New York to Missouri to take control of a juke joint gone wild: the Double Deuce. Part action, part ...

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ALAN TURNER: Education in Mississippi – good and bad news

At a recent lunch meeting sponsored by the Madison County Business League & Foundation, State Superintendent of Education Dr. Carey Wright delivered an assessment of public education in Mississippi. To her credit, Dr. Wright didn’t sugarcoat the problems facing Mississippi’s schools, acknowledging that Mississippi continues to sit at the bottom of state rankings in education.  Among other problems, our state ...

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ALAN TURNER: Joe Donovan – Entrepreneur with community spirit

  Joe Donovan was born in Fort Knox, Kentucky, and perhaps that may help to explain in a small way why much of what he has touched in his career has turned to gold. Currently serving as the executive director of the Mississippi Center of Non-Profits, and, as the head of the Entrepreneurial Development program at Millsaps, Joe is quite ...

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Answering the Bell: Interim Ole Miss law school dean well-regarded for directing hands-on clinical training

Deborah “Debbie” Bell, who has been appointed interim dean of The University of Mississippi School of Law, is well regarded in the legal community for both being a nationally recognized expert in domestic relations work and for being an innovative and effective legal educator. “She is respected and beloved by the members of the law school and university communities, as ...

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New tool to manage, bill legal projects

With the fluctuating economy and more stringent regulations, law firms and company legal departments are facing increasing pressure and challenges. Some are developing programs to make legal services more efficient and cost effective. For example, the multi-state Baker Donelson firm is a pioneer in this field with the development of a Legal Project Management Office, which has been patented and ...

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Hattiesburg bank earnings rise to $1.9 million

Hattiesburg-based First Bancshares Inc. announced on Thursday that its net earnings for the first quarter were $1.9 million, or 36 cents per share, compared with $1.3 million, or 25 cents for the corresponding quarter in 2014. Assets grew by 4.8 percent to reach $1.1 billion as of March 31. Loans stood at $716 million, up $11.8 million in the quarter. ...

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MDA to close all its regional offices

The Mississippi Development Authority will close all eight regional offices around the state effective June 30. Eleven positions will be eliminated, 10 of which are currently filled, said Jeff Rent, public relations and media manager for the agency. The offices are located in Senatobia, Tupelo, Greenwood, Meridian, Summit, Hattiesburg and Gulfport, as well as Jackson. The agency employs about 300. ...

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