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Film: Mississippi’s new multi-million dollar industry?

All over the state, Mississippi’s film industry infrastructure is getting a boost:  The Mississippi Motion Picture Incentive just got a 5 percent increase, a new Tupelo production facility is open for business,  Canton has a new purpose-built stage and a Gulf Coast Film Office is forming. The state Film Office and local producers believe Mississippi is now in the position ...

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Q&A: Wes Benton, owner, Red Planet Entertainment

Lord of the manor Jackson native brings film business back home A film industry veteran of nearly three decades, Wes Benton owns production company Red Planet Entertainment. He has worked on movies like “The Polar Express”, “I Am Legend” and “Avatar.” A Jackson native, Benton studied communications at Mississippi State University before heading out of state to work in film industry. ...

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A good economic model for the Miss. Delta?

By Amy McCullough This week’s Q&A, former Community Coffee CEO Randy Russ, is now leading Jackson’s Christ United Methodist Church in “Business As Mission” work on an African coffee farm. The MBJ asked whether such an economic model might help in Mississippi’s economically depressed Delta. His response: Q – Tell us about your “business as mission” work on an African ...

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Q&A: Randy Russ, Executive Director of Operations, Christ United Methodist Church

Making the transition Coffee CEO now director of operations at church Randy Russ is executive director of operations at Christ United Methodist Church in Jackson where he leads the church’s “business as mission” work for African coffee growers. He is the former CEO of Louisiana-based Community Coffee and self-described “teacher at heart” who recently transitioned from teaching future entrepreneurs at ...

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Experts: Don’t avoid social media due to fear of negative comments

Companies that have not yet waded into the waters of social media often fear negative customer comments. But Jackson area advertising gurus agree that the biggest social media risk is not engaging and monitoring what customers are already saying about you. Beth Kander, who just transitioned from copy writer to social media director at Mad Genius creative agency last month, ...

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Social media journalism

By Amy McCullough In light of Twitter’s role in the recent Egyptian political crisis, a friend recently wondered when and how news outlets would start citing social media “citizen journalists.” A new platform called Storify is one answer. News outlets like The New York Times, Washington Post and others have already used Storify “stories,” which are amalgamations of Tweets, Flicker ...

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Barbour not running for president

By Amy McCullough April 25, 2011 STATEMENT OF GOV. BARBOUR “I will not be a candidate for President next year. This has been a difficult, personal decision, and I am very grateful to my family for their total support of my going forward, had that been what I decided. “Hundreds of people have encouraged me to run and offered both ...

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Q&A: Heather Hudson — Mayor of Greenville; Candidate, Second Congressional District

Working for a better Delta Hudson takes on Thompson for congressional seat Greenville Mayor Heather McTeer Hudson is running for Congress in Mississippi’s 2nd District, a seat that has been held since 1993 by Bennie Thompson. A Greenville native, Hudson attended Spelman College in Atlanta and Tulane University Law School before returning to her home town to practice law with ...

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Q&A EXTRA: Bennie Thompson: Politics is politics; I do plan to run for reelection

Congressman Bennie Thompson has represented Mississippi’s 2nd Congressional District since 1993. Thompson was chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee from 2006 through 2010, when Democrats held the majority. With Republicans now in the majority, he’s the committee’s ranking Democrat. A lifelong Bolton resident, Thompson earned degrees from Tougaloo College and Jackson State University. He served as an alderman and ...

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Bennie Thompson will run for reelection

By Amy McCullough The MBJ received a prompt response from Thompson’s office. My conversation with Congressman Thompson: Do you plan to run for reelection? I do plan to run for reelection. You have been friends with Hudson’s family and her father Victor McTeer for a long time? I’ve known him ever since he came to the Delta. And so. Politics ...

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