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Christmas tree crop good, but …

Drought could have impact down the road The state’s Christmas tree crop is looking good this year. However, the 2014 holiday season could see some consumers going the artificial tree route — out of necessity. The drought that gripped the entire state from August through October dealt a blow to young Christmas trees. Growers are almost certain to eventually see ...

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Law and the deal

Mergers and Acquisitions attorneys need broad skill set Successful attorneys practicing in the area of mergers and acquisitions need a broad skill set, not all of which are taught in law school. An understanding of the business side of the deal is just as important as the legal end, attorneys say. The current lawsuit filed against the proposed sale of ...

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Supporters to detail progress in hunt for Jackson arena

Tuesday presentation at Jackson Convention Complex to address range of initiative issues The idea of an arena for downtown Jackson returns to the spotlight from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.Tuesday with a social hour and presentation at the Jackson Convention Complex. The campaign for a downtown arena has been seen as largely dormant in recent months. But the initiative of ...

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St. Dominic hopes brand will spur retail growth

Already strong brand name should help as hospital venture begins with Wal-Mart locations St. Dominic Hospital is counting on its strong brand recognition to carry its first venture into the retail healthcare market. On Nov. 8, St. Dominic’s will open “The Clinic at Walmart” in the Pearl supercenter. The reasons behind the jump into retail healthcare, said a St. Dominic’s official ...

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Callon: Onshore operations exceeding expectations

Haynesville Shale producing, but the Natchez-based petroleum group is minimizing recovery there in the interest of long term production results Natchez-based Callon Petroleum Co.’s move into onshore drilling is apparently paying off. In a late September operations update, the company said proved reserves increased to 13 million net barrels of oil equivalent (MMBoe) on Sept. 1, representing a 34 percent ...

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Business support can’t overcome voter anger

Taylor, Childers beaten despite significant campaign money from business interests Among the winners of last week’s midterm elections in Mississippi were new Republican congressmen Alan Nunnelee and Steven Palazzo. Butler Snow had a pretty good election, too, but not because of incumbent fatigue. The Ridgeland-based law firm used the campaign finance market saturation model to land on the winning side ...

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TOMA eMarketing

Results from furniture store experience led the way for company Bo Johnson opened a furniture store in Southaven during the Great Recession and struggled with ways to generate store foot traffic. “We were advertising in magazines and doing a lot of print advertising. And we couldn’t really tell if any of it was working,” he said. Then, Johnson, who has ...

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Flora dentist expands practice in down economy

The 70-hour work weeks are finally over in new building – sort of FLORA — After graduating from dental school at University of Mississippi Medical Center, Brad Franklin worked full-time for two years at the Mississippi State Penitentiary to pay off student loans. With the trip from Flora to Parchman being more than two and a half hours, working a ...

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Jackson comes full circle

‘Passion’ for Extension Service drives new leader Growing up on his family’s farm in North Mississippi, Dr. Gary Brown Jackson saw firsthand how the Mississippi State University Extension Service could make a significant impact on lives. Now, he has the chance to make a significant impact on the Extension Service. Last month, Jackson was named the new leader of the ...

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Inaugural program draws profession’s best

On Nov. 4, there was a gathering at the Jackson Hilton of some of the brightest minds of the state’s legal community. They were there to honor and/or be honored during a first-of-its-kind awards program from the Mississippi Business Journal. The inaugural Leadership in Law 2010 program celebrated the achievements of 50 “Leaders in Law” representing law firms and law-focused ...

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