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ALAN TURNER — Adding up the benefits of healthy workplaces

There are many reasons why employers should adopt and support workplace wellness programs for their employees, but for our purposes, let’s consider just two of these. First, workplace wellness programs make major contributions to the health and happiness of employees and their families, and in many cases, have actually saved lives. More on this later in this article. Second, workplace ...

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Study says Jackson making strides in delivering services

By JACK WEATHERLY Jackson ranks 101st on WalletHub’s annual survey of best- and worst-run cities in the United States for 2018. The city ranked 149th in last year’s report. Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba said in an interview on Tuesday that he is encouraged by the survey. The city faces several major problems, including streets, water system and billing and the ...

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MATTHEW McLAUGHLIN — The manufacturing of today

The United States and other world economies have experienced a profound shift over the last century and a half, transitioning from agrarian based economies in the mid-1800s to highly industrialized economies in the latter part of the 1880s and into the early 1900s. For the first half of the Twentieth Century, United States manufacturing dominated the world.  It was United ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Megatrends in business, Part 2

In Part I we looked at how John Naisbitt’s predictions in his 1982 book, “Megatrends,” had played out in Jackson, Mississippi. In this column we will look at his 10 predictions in the context of the broader society. Each prediction or forecast or direction, whichever you like to label them, is listed followed by a brief commentary on what happened. ...

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Topazi, who led Mississippi rebuild post-Katrina, dies at 68

The man credited with helping to “get the lights back on in 11 days” as Mississippi’s Gulf Coast recovered from Hurricane Katrina has died at the age of 68. News outlets report former Mississippi Power Co. President Anthony Topazi died Friday from complications from ALS, known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The Alabama native was at the utility’s helm in when ...

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Agriculture a vital cog in the economy of Mississippi

By BECKY GILLETTE Mississippi is a very rural state with some of the best farmland in the world. “We live in a country where only about two percent of our population is involved in farming, and it is so often forgotten that these farms, most of which are family operated, touch the lives of every person by providing safe, affordable ...

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Yokohama off and running for Clay County

By NASH NUNNERY Nearly three years ago, Yokohama Tire Corp. president Hikomitsu Noji compared his company’s relationship with Mississippi to “a marriage…and we are proud parents of our first child.” That “child”, officially known as Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Mississippi, is now a toddler. The $300 million commercial tire manufacturing facility, built on a 570-acre site carved out of pasture land ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Could tariffs, special election cause November surprises?

No surprises in the run-off elections last week with Michael Guest easily defeating Whit Hughes in the 3rd District Republican Primary run-off and David Baria coming back to defeat upstart Howard Sherman handily in the Senate Democratic Primary run-off.    Unless there are some surprises, Guest should cruise to victory and Baria should fall short in majority Republican Mississippi in November. ...

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Um, no, the Supreme Court says to Costco case request

By JACK WEATHERLY The Mississippi Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously rejected a motion by the City of Ridgeland to reconsider its April 21 ruling against a zoning change to accommodate a Costco Wholesale Store. Perhaps not surprisingly, the same seven justices who ruled against the city in the case that has captivated the attention of Ridgeland and beyond for several ...

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