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JOSH MABUS — Whenever = when? never


We have a saying at Mabus Agency: “If it’s hard to do, it will never get done.” We call it the rule of wheNEVER. And if I’m honest, I’m not the first person to discover this phenomenon. A lot of people just call it human nature. We named this phenomenon as a way to remind ourselves to make things as ...

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BOOKBIZ — An exploration into Patti Smith’s mind and memories

» M Train  
By Patti Smith 
Published by Alfred A. Knopf       
$25.00 hardback

Patti Smith is a woman of many talents. She’s an accomplished performer, visual artist, and photographer, as well as a punk-rock icon and poet. With the publication of her exceptional memoir Just Kids in 2010, she added National Book Award winner to the list. In Just Kids (which I liked so much I read it twice within a year) Smith ...

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ALAN TURNER — Polly Dement: celebrating Mississippi entrepreneurs (with video)

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Polly Dement, author of Mississippi Entrepreneurs, grew up in Vicksburg and learned her chosen craft of writing partly as a result of her education at Millsaps, where she was fortunate enough to attend some of the Welty seminars when the author was writer-in-residence there. From there, she wound up spending the next 30 years in Washington, D.C., where she worked ...

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TODD SMITH — Create compelling news releases for the digital age


The fall news cycle is full of stories that are competing for reader attention and clicks. Politics, weather systems, football scores, terrorism, quarterly earnings reports, and the latest entertainment buzz – your news is competing against all of the content on the Internet, not just your competition’s news or other news in your industry. How can your story rise above ...

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Malcolm White leaves Mississippi’s top tourism post


JACKSON — Mississippi’s top tourism official has stepped down. The announcement has come that Malcolm White is no longer director of Visit Mississippi, a division of the Mississippi Development Authority. White said in a statement released by Visit Mississippi said it had been an honor to serve as state’s tourism director. White said he is leaving the job he started Jan. 14, ...

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MDA’s Chief Marketing Officer, Marlo Dorsey, stepping down


Mississippi Development Authority Chief Marketing Officer Marlo Dorsey is stepping down from her position at the state’s lead economic development agency to pursue other private sector opportunities. Dorsey joined MDA in 2012, and was responsible for the state’s global marketing and public relations efforts. “The last three years at MDA have been an amazing journey of public service and new ...

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From Zambia to Jackson: Local engineer brings service project skills to Waggoner Engineering

The Engineers Without Borders team watch as the drill attempts to hit water.

For dozens of families in Simwatachela, Zambia, the road to clean, life-sustaining water goes through Starkville, Miss. Thanks to Waggoner Engineering’s Katie Bryant, who as a student at Mississippi State University, participated in a trip to the impoverished country through Engineers Without Borders to deliver clean water to the remote African village. Bryant couldn’t predict a gratifying service experience in ...

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Former MBJ reporter Clay Chandler to become Gov. Bryant’s communications director


Clay Chandler will become communications director for Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant at the end of the month. He will succeed Nicole Webb. She and her husband, Kevin, are returning to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and she plans to focus mainly on raising their two children. Chandler, a northeast Mississippi native, begins the job Nov. 30. Since 2004, he has worked ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Despite speculation, funding for Kemper plant likely

A look at the Kemper County Coal Plant from the top. The plant will be tasked with mining lignite coal a few hundred yards away from the plant. That coal is moved through a process that will convert it to syngas. The syngas is then used to drive the energy output of the plant, and the resulting electricity is then moved into the grid.

As the current membership of the Mississippi Public Service Commission nears a decision on the initial rate hike requested by Mississippi Power Company for its Kemper power plant, speculation runs rampant on what the new membership will do on next year’s full funding request.    Speculation spiked last week when Moody’s downgraded the company’s credit rating and, prematurely, cited the ...

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