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Mississippi economy ‘relatively solid’ in November, report says

By JACK WEATHERLY jack.weatherly@msbusiness.com The Mississippi economy was “relatively solid” in November, according to the University Research Center. Its Leading Index – composed of six parts, including national figures — was 3.4 percent higher than the year-earlier month. Income tax withholding grew for the second consecutive month for the first time since February, indicating an expanding payroll, according to the ...

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There’s a code for jobs: With 1,000 unfilled positions in state, teachers look for students

By JULIA MILLER mbj@msbusiness.com From cell phones, to tablets, to smart watches, technology never seems to be out of reach. As it permeates every aspect of life, businesses are quickly following to improve customer experience and satisfaction, and with that, coding jobs are being posted nonstop. Today, more than 1,000 coding jobs remain unfilled in Mississippi. Innovate Mississippi has partnered ...

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LEC introduces major innovation in Industrial Internet of Things

By BECKY GILLETTE mbj@msbusiness.com LEC Inc. has been involved in industrial automation for nearly 30 years in the Jackson area. Recently the company introduced iQ2, a major innovation in the next generation Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), which is the use of the Internet to communicate with and operate electronics, software, hardware, sensors and other devices used in manufacturing, said ...

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TODD SMITH: 7 technologies to watch in 2018

Blistering fast wireless networks, digital assistants everywhere, and a coming out bash for augmented reality. These and other technologies are worth keeping an eye on in 2018, according to USA TODAY. There is sure to be more digital innovations on the horizon in 2018! All of these new technologies will leverage advances in machine learning and artificial intelligence in a ...

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Forrest General names Employee Award Winners

Steven Allseitz was recently name Forrest General Hospital’s 2017 Employee of the Year during a celebration that recognized other employees, too. Allseitz is Equipment/Supply Management Coordinator in the Cath Lab. Also honored were the four winners of the 12th Annual Philip Rogers Quality Award. The award is named for Dr. Philip Rogers, a nephrologist with Hattiesburg Clinic, who dedicated 32 ...

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Blue Cross, Habitat dedicate 6th home

Constance Mitchell and her three children are now homeowners thanks to the support of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi and its Team Blue employee volunteers, as well as Habitat for Humanity Mississippi Capital Area (HFHMCA). Team Blue volunteers worked Saturdays during September and October to build Mitchell’s home on Smith Robinson Street in Jackson. This is the sixth ...

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USM Polymer Researcher Wins Prestigious Bell Labs Prize

Dr. Jason Azoulay, assistant professor in the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been awarded a coveted research prize by the Nokia Bell Labs. Azoulay shared the $50,000 second-place honor with his collaborator Dr. Tse Nga (Tina) Ng, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of California at San ...

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Lunardini joins Catholic Charities as COO

John Lunardini has joined Catholic Charities Diocese of Jackson as Chief Operating Officer. As COO, Lunardini is responsible for the overall operations of Catholic Charities, a licensed social service agency which is an integral ministry of the Catholic Diocese of Jackson. He joins Catholic Charities after almost two years as Director of Communications & Business Development at Mississippi Primary Health ...

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LaTasha Simmons named Sous Chef at Dave’s Triple B in Jackson

LaTasha Simmons has been appointed Sous Chef at the soon-to-open Dave’s Triple B: The Butcher, The Baker, the Barbecue Maker in Jackson. Simmons began her culinary career in Jackson five years ago at the Reunion Golf and Country Club in Madison. She then worked at Shea’s on Lake Harbour where she met Chef David Raines. She later worked at Seafood ...

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