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JOSH MABUS — Give ‘em something to talk about

marketing

Word of mouth is the best form of advertising. We’ve all heard. Likely, we’ve all said it. I don’t believe this is true — or at least fully true. Word of mouth isn’t the best form of advertising. Word of mouth is advertising. This theory developed while I was waiting in line at a coffee shop. The fellow behind me ...

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BOOK BIZ — Hard questions about humanity set against the Holocaust

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Writer and conservationist Peter Matthiessen’s last book, In Paradise, was published just a few days after his death in April 2014. He was known for writing both fiction and nonfiction, and for being the only writer ever to win National Book Awards for both. However, Matthiessen himself believed that he was primarily a fiction writer at heart, so it’s fitting ...

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TODD SMITH — Social media shooting clips spark violence debate

social-media

Twitter and Facebook became part of the story when video of the shooting on live TV that killed a Virginia news reporter and a cameraman was posted on social media platforms, enflaming debate over when it’s OK to show violence on social media. Two videos were uploaded showing the shooter’s perspective of the incident on Facebook and Twitter, where they ...

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JEFFREY GITOMER — The science of the sale; the art of lunch

Advertising

Let’s do lunch! Well, let’s do lunch the right way. Too often salespeople think that getting a lunch appointment is the victory, and don’t concentrate on building rapport and the relationship to ultimately make the sale. Big mistake. Even more often, companies and (cheap) managers will not reimburse salespeople for lunchtime meetings. Bigger mistake. But most often, when a company ...

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Kemper power plant overruns climb another $25 million

A look at the Kemper County Coal Plant from the top. The plant will be tasked with mining lignite coal a few hundred yards away from the plant. That coal is moved through a process that will convert it to syngas. The syngas is then used to drive the energy output of the plant, and the resulting electricity is then moved into the grid.

JACKSON — Mississippi Power Co. said Tuesday it will spend at least another $25 million to finish the power plant it’s building in Kemper County, pushing total costs to nearly $6.3 billion. Jeff Shepard, a spokesman for the unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co., said the money will pay for further “startup and commissioning activities, as well as operational readiness.” Mississippi ...

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OSHA proposes $78,800 in fines against Tallahatchie sawmill

Manufacturing

CHARLESTON — €” A Charleston sawmill faces up to $78,800 in fines after a safety inspection found the company wasn’t using safety devices to protect employees. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Tallahatchie Lumber and Mat Co. for 27 safety-rule violations, including one that was classified as willful. OSHA says sawmill workers were not locking down machines before performing ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Fed’s artificially low rates unfair to CD owners

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Are you a senior citizen or other conservative saver frustrated with the low rates banks have been paying on CDs?  Since the Federal Reserve controls these rates, now may be the time for you to weigh in with your senator and congressman.   The Fed is charged by law “to promote effectively the goals of maximum employment, stable prices, and moderate ...

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MDOT invests in Mississippi’s public transit system

The Mississippi Transportation Commission (MTC) recently approved the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) awarding grants to multiple public transit authorities across the state for maintenance and improvement projects.

The Mississippi Transportation Commission (MTC) recently approved the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) awarding grants to multiple public transit authorities across the state for maintenance and improvement projects. “Mississippi’s public transit system is the main source of transportation for many of our citizens,” said Transportation Commissioners Dick Hall, Tom King and Mike Tagert in a joint statement by the MTC. ...

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US stocks fall sharply on bleak Chinese manufacturing report

Trader Anthony Riccio works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. More signs of weakness in China's economy are sending global stock markets sharply lower. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

NEW YORK  — Stock markets plunged again Tuesday, continuing a rocky ride for Wall Street, after gloomy economic data out of China rekindled fears that the world’s second-largest economy is slowing more than previously anticipated. U.S. stocks are coming off their worst month in more than three years. The price of oil sank, giving up most of the gain it ...

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Rice harvest underway, yields, acreage in question

Workers harvest rice on Aug. 24, 2015, at the Mississippi State University Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville, Mississippi. (Photo by MSU Delta Research and Extension Center/Bobby Golden)

STONEVILLE — Rice harvest has begun in Mississippi, but only time will tell how many acres were actually planted and how good yields will be. “There’s not a lot of yield reports yet, but I think we’re going to have a good crop,” said Bobby Golden, rice agronomist with the MSU Extension Service and researcher with the Mississippi Agricultural and ...

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