Southaven tax could renew with a twist — a way to erase it

Mississippi lawmakers could renew Southaven’s restaurant tax this year. And, they might give local residents a way to erase it. The Commercial Appeal reports the tax has been on the books for six years. It helps pay for parks and recreation projects. The Legislature can authorize restaurant and tourism taxes when local officials request them, and the taxes typically come ...

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ALAN TURNER: Sumesh Arora says innovation is the key to economic prosperity in Mississippi

  Recently, we had an opportunity to meet with Dr. Sumesh Arora, vice president with Innovate Mississippi, to discuss some of the positive economic trends and opportunities throughout the state. Sumesh earned a degree in engineering, followed by a master’s in Material Sciences, and finally culminated with a Ph.D from the University of Southern Mississippi.  In the early part of ...

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Judicial watchdog agency seeks suspension for Madison judge

JACKSON — A judicial watchdog commission is asking the Mississippi Supreme Court to suspend a Madison County judge recently arrested for simple assault on a vulnerable person. The Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance filed the petition Thursday with the court. The petition cites Justice Court Judge Bill Weisenberger for assaulting a mentally disabled African-American male at a flea market last ...

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‘No’ means being able to commit to ‘Yes’

In 1994, Quaker Oats purchased Snapple for $1.7 billion. They hoped to replicate the success they had with Gatorade. However, they failed miserably. After three years, Quaker Oats sold Snapple for just $300 million. In 1998, Daimler Benz merged with Chrysler to create Daimler Chrysler for $37 billion. However, by 2007, Daimler Benz sold Chrysler to Cerberus Capital Management, a ...

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Stradinger leverages lean principles for new start-up

     A new concept is quickly emanating out of Silicon Valley that could have a big impact both on entrepreneurs creating new start-ups and big companies considering new ventures.  The idea, known as a “lean start-up,” was coined by serial entrepreneur Eric Ries and is being evangelized by Ries and Steve Blank, a serial entrepreneur and  instructor at Stanford. ...

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