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Gibson to lead Neel-Schaffer Central Mississippi Water/Wastewater Department

Phillip Gibson, PE, has re-joined Neel-Schaffer, Inc., and will manage the company’s Central Mississippi Water/Wastewater Department. Gibson has more than 26 years of experience, including 15 years working for Neel-Schaffer from 1992 through 2007. He founded Gibson Engineering, Inc., in 2011. He will be based in Neel-Schaffer’s Jackson office, providing water and wastewater services for clients across the state. Gibson ...

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Hester awarded Community Inspiration Award

Madison County community member Jason S. Hester of Navitas Wealth Advisors has been awarded AssetMark’s Community Inspiration Award for his contributions to and sustained support of a charitable organization. As part of the honor, AssetMark will donate $10,000 to Restoration Hope, an organization that funds and supports community building in Sweetwaters, South Africa, with which Jason is heavily involved.

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Drinkwater named to Who’s Who Legal: Product Liability Defence 2018

W. Wayne Drinkwater, a partner in the Jackson office of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, has been named by Who’s Who Legal as among the world’s leading product liability defence practitioners. He is listed in the Who’s Who Legal: Product Liability Defence 2018. A member of Bradley’s Litigation Practice Group, Drinkwater has experience in major business, commercial and constitutional litigation. ...

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Winning teams from C Spire C3 coding challenge

The first, second and third place winning teams from C3 coding challenge. Long Beach High School Coding team members from Long Beach High School in Long Beach, Miss. won first place in C Spire’s C3 statewide coding challenge held at the company’s corporate offices on March 28. As part of its Tech Movement initiative, the company convenes the coding challenges ...

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OUR VIEW: C Spire has best interest of Mississippi at heart

So, let’s get this straight. There was a bid process for the procurement of the state’s telecommunications services. C Spire outbid AT&T by a whopping $32 million. Now, AT&T is protesting the entire process that it has never had a problem with in the past. None of that seems to be in dispute. After multiple requests, Michele Blocker, the Chief ...

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Republican Taggart not running in Mississippi US Senate race

A Mississippi Republican who advocates removing the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag says that he’s not running for U.S. Senate. Andy Taggart of Madison said weeks ago that he might enter the special election to finish the term started by longtime Republican Thad Cochran. He says Thursday that he’s not running. Taggart was chief of staff in the ...

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Cal-Maine sales increase; income boosted by tax cut

By JACK WEATHERLY Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. reported net income of  $96.3 million, or $1.99 per share, for the third quarter of fiscal 2018,  compared with $4.1 million, or nine cents per share, for the year  earlier period, thanks in part to a $35 million, or 72 cents per share, boost from the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Earnings for ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — The grump may have to rethink his view of women’s basketball

I don’t care to watch certain women’s sports, even at the top level. Tennis, yes. Beach volleyball, okay. Snow skiing, not bad.  Gymnastics, once every four years is enough. Softball, no. Golf, if I can’t get out of watching it. Basketball. Nuh-uh. I’ve been known to say, in select company, (meaning not around women) that it’s inferior, compared with men’s basketball. ...

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Tertiary commercial markets like Jackson now more attractive to investors

By BECKY GILLETTE Historically tertiary commercial real estate markets like Jackson have lagged behind larger markets across the nation. But capitalization (CAP) rates have been compressing over the past two years in the larger markets, said James O. Turner II, MAI, managing director of business development, Integra Realty Resources for Ridgeland, a commercial appraisal firm. “The tertiary markets are now ...

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