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Climate change and changing weather patterns could impact insurance rates

By BECKY GILLETTE Issues like climate change and shifting weather patterns can have a big impact on how property insurance rates are calculated, said Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney, who is also the chair of the Catastrophic Working Group for the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). The nation is seeing more frequent and severe natural disasters, with the number ...

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Jackson Prep makes history and other subjects come alive with virtual reality programs

By BECKY GILLETTE The Jackson Preparatory School is doing some unique things with its virtual reality (VR) laboratory. The school is using VR programs to enhance teaching while also training students in the rapidly-growing industry that is expected to have an economic impact of $100 billion by 2021. Adam Mangana, director of the Extended Reality Lab at Jackson Preparatory School, ...

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State’s only Whole Foods Market is ‘changing the way people shop’

By BECKY GILLETTE The only Whole Foods Market in Mississippi, located in Highland Village in the heart of Jackson, recently celebrated its fifth anniversary. Billed as “America’s Healthiest Grocery Store,” Whole Foods has become an even better shopping destination since being acquired by Amazon, said Masa Liles, general manager of Highland Village. “When you see what Amazon is doing, they ...

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Mississippi Farm Bureau Woman of the Year helps grow knowledge of agriculture

By BECKY GILLETTE   If there was ever a superwoman of agriculture in Mississippi, it has to be Cala Tabb of Eupora, who was named Mississippi Farm Bureau Woman of the Year in 2018. She and her husband, Billy Tabb, recently spent four days lobbying on trade and farm policy in Washington D.C. Several years ago, the couple won the ...

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Library provides free classes to help people with technology skills

By BECKY GILLETTE There are few jobs today that don’t require some type of computer and cell phone skills. “We’re living in a time where if you don’t have access to technology, you are left behind,” said Laura Jane Glascoff, technology education officer, Jackson-Hinds Library System. “Computers, cell phones and tablets are part of everyday life. But those don’t come ...

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Many jobs at Amazon Fulfillment Centers are physically demanding

By BECKY GILLETTE mbj@msbusiness.com In late December, Amazon announced that it will be locating its first Amazon Fulfillment Center in Mississippi in Marshall County creating 850 full-time jobs paying a minimum of $15 per hour plus benefits. The fulfillment center will cover 554,000 square feet of space that will be used to store, pick, pack and ship items such as ...

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Take the long view regarding stock market volatility

By BECKY GILLETTE In December 2018, U.S. stock markets had their worst performance since 1931. The Dow Jones had its worst Christmas Eve on record. While those facts are very concerning, Mississippi investment advisers are recommending clients stay the course and avoid the temptation to sell stocks when the market is down so much. “The best advice I give my ...

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