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ALAN TURNER — The Phoenix Club: Working to make things better for underserved youth

Originally founded in Memphis in the 1950s, the Phoenix Club has grown to include chapters in numerous cities. The Phoenix Club of Jackson was founded in 2007, and has grown to include more than 90 members who are bankers, attorneys, educators, government leaders, and more. It’s a club for professionals who are 24-35 years old, and its goal is to ...

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ALAN TURNER — The importance of quality local journalism

Today, we’ve all heard the use of the term “fake news”. This is a term that was virtually unknown until recent years, just as the words “Google”, “Facebook”, and “Twitter” were unknown just a few years ago. There is no way to over-emphasize the importance of trustworthy, accurate news and information to a free and democratic nation. There is also ...

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ALAN TURNER — Stuart Whitaker: In the swing of things

A few years back, Stuart Whitaker was bitten by the entrepreneurial bug, and has never recovered. After growing up in Garland, Texas, and graduating from Baylor, “I married a Mississippi girl, and here I am,” he said in a recent conversation. Stuart built a successful career in technology, working for a variety of tech companies and finally working for Mossy Oak ...

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ALAN TURNER: Clouding the real issues in health care

After the hullabaloo in Congress over the effort to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, it still seems obvious that the real and underlying issues surrounding health care in America are somehow not coming to the forefront. Here are a few basics: 1) We all want quality health care; 2) We all want to live longer and healthier lives; ...

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MBJ Business Showcase — All in the Family: Dr. Catherine Sledge

As an entrepreneur married to an entrepreneur, as well as partnering in a dental practice with her father, Dr. Catherine Sledge has had to learn to juggle her personal and professional lives with all of the skill, tact, and discretion she can summon. In addition to an entrepreneurial husband, she also has two small kids, boys ages 2.5 and 5 ...

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MBJ BUSINESS SHOWCASE — Canopy Children’s Services: New name, same vital mission

Recently, I talked with Dr. John Damon, CEO for Canopy Children’s Solutions, about their decision to change the name of the organization from Mississippi Children’s Home Services to Canopy. MCHS was founded in 1912 and has helped countless thousands of Mississippi children in need for more than 100 years now. “Well, it seemed that many people had the impression through ...

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MBJ Business Showcase — Enviro-Linen: This business is cleaning up

Like many other successful Mississippi entrepreneurs I’ve known through the years, Bert Rubinski, CEO of Enviro-Linen, as built, sold, and started a number of successful businesses. This is one thing that seems to characterize the successful entrepreneur….namely, a fundamental enthusiasm for starting and building new enterprises. After growing up in Jackson and attending LSU, Bert became involved in the family ...

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ALAN TURNER — Are smart phones making us dumber?

Twenty years ago, you would have noticed almost no one carrying, texting, or speaking on a cell phone. That’s because there weren’t many around. Today, try and find someone who doesn’t have a cell phone. That would be like searching for the proverbial needle in the haystack. For better or worse, we’re all “tethered” to those phones that live in ...

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