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Coast homeowners not likely to see insurance rate increase in 2011

Coast residents want people to understand that their high homeowners’ insurance rates affect everyone. And now that the state of the economy ensures that no more federal and state subsidies are likely, residents dependent on the state’s public insurance program called the Wind Pool could eventually face a rate increase. As studies have pointed out, Coast rate increases hurt the ...

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State’s commercial brokers getting enhanced data base

The Commercial Information Exchange could be in operation by spring. The Mississippi Commercial Association of Realtors has revived a long-dormant effort to create an electronic exchange on which members can track commercial real estate listings. The data bank, known officially as a Commercial Information Exchange, could be in operation by spring, according to Walter Becker, a longtime commercial real estate ...

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Leaving the arena

As many as 100 Mississippi real estate pros giving up licenses each month The sustained slump in Mississippi’s real estate market is leading 100 licensed real estate professionals a month to quit the business, state licensing records show. Just making it by the day is the key, one broker said. “We only eat what we kill. And if we don’t kill ...

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Whirling derby

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the definition of busy is “engaged in action, full of activity.” Perhaps the volume’s publisher should have added a photograph of Rubye Del Harden to accompany the text. There is busy, and then there is Rubye Del Harden. Consider that the Tupelo resident owns a printing shop, weekly newspaper, consulting firm and now a ballroom ...

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Making great strides

Junior League of Jackson has grown to one of largest in the world When the Junior League of Jackson (JLJ) was formed in 1941, it was a far different world than today. Most women didn’t work outside of the home, and it wasn’t until late in 1941 that the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor drawing the U.S. into World War II. ...

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Educating America about money

Franks passionate about show others how to make money work for them When he speaks, Paul Franks exudes the charismatic flair of fictional character Elmer Gantry, made famous in the novel of the same name by author Sinclair Lewis. And though he’s married to a Greenwood minister/evangelist, just like Gantry, that’s where the comparison begins and ends. A senior regional ...

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Flenorl has a life of firsts to her credit

Rose Flenorl, manager of Corporate Social Responsibility at FedEx in Memphis, has traveled the world in her job that includes managing millions of dollars of donations by FedEx and its 285,000 team members in the 220 countries served by the world’s largest express transportation service. The native of Clarksdale didn’t attend an integrated school until she was a sophomore, and ...

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The balancing act

Caution. Volunteering to make your community a better place can be addictive. Just ask some of the most active volunteers with the Junior League of Jackson (JLJ). Camille Scales Young, government affairs representative for Watkins Ludlum Winter and Stennis, P.A., is married with three children. She finds time for a career, family life and volunteering because all are important to ...

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No underestimating Tyler these days

Greenwood business is flourishing and everyone taking her seriously after 17 successful years When Cindy Tyler opened the Mississippi Gift Company in downtown Greenwood, she was 27-years old but looked 10 years younger. Tyler admits that no one took her very seriously. “When I first started the business, customers and vendors would come in and ask me, ‘Is your momma ...

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New Summit breaking the mold

The late Mark Twain once said that he never let his schooling interfere with his education. The celebrated author would have fit in perfectly at New Summit School. Founded in 1991 by executive director Nancy New, the school began as New Learning Resources, a one-on-one learning laboratory with five students. Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, New Summit has grown to ...

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