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Trade Mart to be razed and replaced

By JACK WEATHERLY With the receipt of the last installment of a $30 million bond issue, the Mississippi Trade Mart will be razed and replaced by a facility attached to the Mississippi Coliseum. The 66,000-square-foot exhibit hall built in 1975 is outmoded and its flat roof tends to leak, according to Cindy Hyde-Smith, commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce. A new ...

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New steakhouses heading to Coast

By LISA MONTI In the heart of the seafood loving Mississippi Coast, where menus tend to be top- heavy with shrimp, oysters, crabs and fish dishes, a couple of new restaurants are specializing in sizzling steaks served with traditional sides and top brands of wine and liquor. In Pass Christian, restaurateur Thomas Genin has opened a small steakhouse on the ...

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WESLEY McGREW — Being a “compliant” victim of cybercrime

When I discuss cybersecurity with business leaders, the most common misconception I see involves the role of security compliance. In my last column, I described the reality of cybercrime, a wild frontier of advanced attackers that can critically damage your business with impunity. In this dangerous environment, it’s important to realize that compliance alone will not protect you. Recently, the ...

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JOSH MABUS — Who’s inside the suit?

As humans, it’s in our nature to stereotype people. That’s not a moral critique—our brains are hardwired to make these evaluations based on relatively little information. We’re constantly doing it, especially in the business and marketing world. For instance, we see a CEO as a rigid taskmaster. He runs a tight ship, wears a suit every day, and keeps his ...

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TODD SMITH — 8 trends every brand & business leader should eye in 2017

Tech and digital marketing tools will continue to improve how brands, companies and businesses reach consumers as we open the book on 2017 – and executives must adapt to reach ever-evolving audiences. Here are some of the top trends and changes in products, marketing, and leadership to tune into going into the new year, according to Fortune: 1. The Internet ...

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Cal-Maine profits take major hit thanks to lingering effects of flu

By JACK WEATHERLY Cal-Maine Foods dodged the avian flu outbreak that reduced the nation’s egg production in 2015 by 10 percent. Yet the Jackson-based firm, the largest producer of shell eggs in the United States, continues to deal with the ripples caused by the influenza Net sales for the company’s second fiscal quarter, which ended Nov. 26, were $253.5 million, ...

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Bill introduced to make physician-patient sex crime

By JACK WEATHERLY A bill has been introduced in the Legislature that would criminalize physicians having sex with patients. Dr. John Hall, executive director of the Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure, said late in 2016 that he was working with lawmakers to draft such a bill. However, the effort ran into resistance from some members of the board. State Attorney ...

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State wins ‘deal of year’ for landing Continental

Mississippi has been awarded Business Facilities’ 2016 Economic Development Deal of the Year for recruiting Continental Tire’s commercial vehicle tire manufacturing plant to Hinds County. Continental Tire announced in February 2016 it will locate in Mississippi, a $1.45 billion investment creating 2,500 jobs over the next decade. In addition, the project is estimated to create 2,740 indirect and more than ...

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Travel group picks Greenwood for meeting

MBJ staff Travel South USA has chosen Greenwood for one of the organization’s three annual board of directors meetings. Scheduled to occur Aug. 8-10, Greenwood joins Branson, Mo., and Charleston, S.C., as 2017 host cities. Headquartered in Atlanta, Travel South USA is the official regional destination marketing organization for the Southeast. “Greenwood allows visitors from around the world to have ...

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DRONES TO THE RESCUE — State colleges combine skills to build ambulance drones

By BECKY GILLETTE Italo Subbarao, DO, MBA, senior associate dean with the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine, is an emergency physician with a specialty in disaster medicine and emergency response. The former director of the American Medical Association Public Health Readiness Office in Chicago is now using his experience to work with Hinds Community College to develop ambulance ...

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