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Making New Year’s resolutions has been around since 156 BC

Many vow to make a new start, less than half follow through on commitments New beginnings are always welcome.  Thus the start of a New Year is a good time to turn over a new leaf, vow to make positive changes or make New Year’s resolutions. According to licensed professional counselor Suzanne B. Russell, making New Year’s resolutions is an ...

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A detailed look at state

Mississippi is marked by pockets of financial comfort and regions of poverty, American Community Survey finds An extensive five-year survey by the U.S. Census Bureau lends weight to the belief that two Mississippi’s have developed within the state, one with relative prosperity and the other with hard-edged poverty. The study, for instance, found the Delta is finishing the first decade ...

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Festivals bringing fun and profit to Main Street

Ingenuity, mixed with careful planning and branding can generate big buzz … and lots of dollars, organizers say Nothing brings a town’s cash registers alive like a festival celebrating some unique aspect or iconic element of the community. Slugburgers in Corinth, Loblollies in Laurel, the pottery of Peter Anderson in Gulfport and the whole lotta shakin’ of Elvis in Tupelo are ...

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Can the CanCan go? Officials believe so

By the end of the first quarter of 2011, the City of D’Iberville’s waterfront area could begin a total transformation. That’s when CanCan development hopes to break ground on the CanCan Casino Resort and Spa and French Village, a $450-million mixed-use gaming development that will be the first casino in D’Iberville. The CanCan will feature a 60,000-square-foot casino with a ...

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Casino worker claims getting second look

Moak hopeful Feinberg appointee has better grasp of industry Casino workers who have had their oil spill claims denied by BP’s Gulf Coast Claims Facility may see their fortunes turn over the next couple of weeks. In November, the Mississippi Business Journal spoke to a casino worker on the Coast who also worked part-time for a company that managed franchise ...

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Sesquicentennial: Gearing up for Civil War party

Impact from cultural tourism hard to gauge The state is gearing up on multiple fronts for tourists coming for the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, to be commemorated through 2015. Officials are confident that Mississippi will see a large number of visitors flock in for the numerous planned events. However, how many will come and what the economic impact ...

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FERC: Entergy overcharged customers

Mississippi could receive millions in refunds A federal regulatory judge has ruled that Entergy Corp. overcharged customers in Mississippi and three other states by selling low-cost power to third parties for profit. The decision states that shareholders should make refunds but did not specify the extent of damages. If the decision is upheld by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), ...

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CottonMill might have cleared final hurdle

At a meeting Dec. 9 with the Starkville Board of Mayor and Aldermen, developers of the CottonMill Marketplace said they hope to complete financing of the $100-million project by the end of the month. That was welcome news to Alderman Ben Carver, who represents Starkville’s Ward 1. “It seems like it’s been forever,” he said. CottonMill’s concept predates his time ...

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Survey shows struggle to survive between paychecks

More than 1 in 3 Mississippians took out payday loans or other type high-cost, short-term loans in last five years Mississippi’s legislators faced with having to decide whether to renew a payday lending law in 2012 have a new factor to consider:  More Mississippians than ever are living paycheck-to-paycheck. Unless conventional banks make short-term, low-dollar loans more widely available, Mississippi residents ...

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