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Community pride key

Small-town upbringing, values lead Green to his ‘dream job’ Tommy Green admits he enjoyed a bucolic childhood growing up in the Mayberry-like town of Booneville. Typical of most of the small towns that dot the Northeast Mississippi landscape, Booneville is considered by its inhabitants as a mecca of family values and relationship building, says Green, who recently was selected over ...

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Financial planners give some optimistic advice

Most signs point toward optimism for this year’s economic outlook. Two experienced financial planners, Dudley Barnes of Clarksdale and Danny Williams of Jackson, are giving positive advice to their clients. “People are much more upbeat than they were,” Barnes said, “but they are still skeptical of financial markets because of what happened in 2008 and the fraud and greed. The ...

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Analysts: Financial job levels ‘even at best’

Employment in the banking and investment banking industries has not been affected too adversely by the downward spiral of the economy, say some analysts. At best, it has been level, says Ken Cyree, the Frank R. Day/Mississippi Bankers Association chair of banking at the University of Mississippi. “Despite the economy and massive layoffs in other industries, banking employment appears to ...

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‘More than a number cruncher’

Veteran state IT manager remembers Y2K, looks forward to e-government The daughter of a small town physician and nurse, Wiggins native Cille Litchfield says she first attended the University of Mississippi with hopes of becoming a biologist. She became interested, however, in a newer discipline that was opening up in the Ole Miss engineering department: computer science. After working as a ...

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Changing the world

Wireless phones doing everything these days There seems to be no part of life where communication technology does not hold sway. Is there anything the ubiquitous wireless phone can not do? Or anywhere it can not go?  And of course you don’t have to use them to actually speak to people — that’s so old school. Universities and colleges have ...

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Technology changing the way law is practiced

Attorneys look to stay in touch and informed in new-fashioned ways Like all industries and professions, the legal profession is feeling the effects of technology that’s changing the way law is practiced. Among those changes are a reduction in the number of administrative staff needed in offices, rapid access to information versus hours spent in law libraries, increased cost of ...

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CPAs give advice for end-of-year tax strategy

All eyes are focused on Congress to see if Bush Administration’s tax cuts will be extended As the year winds down and holiday festivities begin, thoughts also turn to end-of-year business and tax strategies. Two experienced certified public accountants, Jerry Levens of Gulfport and Ed Jones of Pascagoula, offer some words of advice. Levens points out that year-end planning strategy ...

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Federal healthcare reform education

Mississippi Society of CPAs leading efforts for accountants As accountants strive to understand the federal healthcare reform legislation, the Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants is giving guidance by helping educate its members. Programs on the healthcare act have been held in Tupelo, Jackson and Hattiesburg with William F. Taylor as the presenter. Taylor, a CPA and community bank president ...

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Dean: Ole Miss law school most under-valued in US

New Ole Miss dean wants to tell the world of school’s value Richard Gershon took the reins as dean of the University of Mississippi School of Law last July with a vision of making the Oxford school better known nationally and internationally. “It’s the most under-valued law school in the country,” he said. “The faculty and students do great things ...

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Bringing back Central Ave.

In the 1970s and into the 1980s, Central Avenue in D’Iberville was a bustling corridor that connected the small Gulf Coast town with its larger neighbor, Biloxi. Businesses thrived there. According to D’Iberville’s director of community development, between 15,000 and 20,000 cars pounded the Central Avenue pavement daily, most of them carrying commuters to and from Biloxi. That isn’t the ...

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