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Gulfport meeting unleashes flood of ideas for BP money

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Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves has held the first of three town hall meetings to talk about how to spend $750 million in Deepwater Horizon oil disaster money. Local media outlets report Reeves got his first answers Thursday in Gulfport when a couple hundred people showed up. Some people made specific requests — money for the Great Southern Golf Club ...

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Natchez accepting applications for city’s tourism director

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The city of Natchez is looking for a new director of tourism and the Convention and Visitors Bureau. The Natchez Democrat reports applications are due to the city’s personnel office by Oct. 14. The director will take the position left vacant after former director Kevin Kirby was terminated in April following ongoing personnel issues at the city’s Convention and Visitors ...

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#justsayin — Williams digs into candidates’ health records

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This cartoon from cartoonist Ford Williams plays on the recent news of the presidential candidates’ health and their release of medical records. Ford is a freshman at the Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) in Savannah, Georgia, and a 2016 honors graduate of Jackson Academy where he was named Most Talented and selected to the Hall of Fame.  He ...

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Revolution, resolutions: addressing the Cuban situation

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By JACK WEATHERLY  Several measures have been submitted to Congress in the past year that would restore trade with Cuba after 55 years of embargo after Fidel Castro led a communist overthrow of the government. Whichever, if any, that eventually becomes law would have an effect on the Magnolia State. The Mississippi Development Authority has set an Oct. 20 seminar ...

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Grove Park Golf Course’s future after its closing is cloudy

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By TED CARTER A future use of the City of Jackson’s soon-to-close nine-hole Grove Park Golf Course is anyone’s guess, though at least one City Council member is far from confident a viable commercial use can be found for it. The City Council’s decision to cut another $150,000 from a Parks & Recreation Department budget blindsided Mayor Tony Yarber, spokeswoman Shelia ...

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Telemedicine legislation to be revisited

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By JACK WEATHERLY The Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure and a leading provider of telemedicine were at odds earlier this year over who would set the rules for the practice. In the end, it was a draw. A Teladoc Inc.-backed measure sailed through the House but stalled out in a Senate committee. House Bill 1178 was designed to modernize rules ...

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NEW DIGS, NEW IDEAS — Baker Donelson offers non-traditional features for employees

Baker Donelson law firm moved into its new offices a few months ago, and occupies three of the five floors in the new One Eastover Center in Jackson.

By LISA MONTI Visitors to Baker Donelson’s new law offices won’t see corner offices, standard office furniture or a plain coffee pot on the kitchenette counter. Those and other fixtures have been replaced by non-traditional, new features like sit-stand desks and coffee bars. The firm’s lawyers and staff moved into three of the five floors of the new One Eastover ...

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Renasant’s Shempert honored with Johnson Memorial Award

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By NASH NUNNERY Imagine selling insurance products for 30 years while never considering yourself a salesperson. Meet Debbie Shempert. Now senior vice president of operations and compliance for Renasant Insurance in Tupelo, the personable Shempert admits she more or less fell into insurance sales as a career option in 1986. “Becoming involved in the insurance business was the last thing on ...

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JOSH MABUS — If you’re explaining, you’re losing

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I’ve worked with a lot of incredible creatives. Once I work with a fellow who stands out as a verbal processor. We’ll call him Stephen. “Stephen, the client needs to include their e-commerce store in their new website,” I’ll say. “Is that something you can do relatively easily?” “I don’t see why not,” he always replies with confidence. Then there ...

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