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Mississippi could lead the region and country in applications of mass timber building technologies

By BECKY GILLETTE Mississippi is a timber state. The Mississippi State University Forestry Extension Service estimates that 62 percent of the state’s land area is forested, about 18.6 million acres, with a total annual economic impact estimated at $14.8 billion. Right now, there is a collaborative effort to get even more from the state’s timber assets with innovative mass timber ...

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Physician assistants playing increasingly important role in Mississippi health care

By BECKY GILLETTE Mississippi ranks as having the worst physician shortage in the country. One way to help meet that gap is the use of “physician extenders” like advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) and physician assistants (PA). Mississippi was the last state in the country to allow PAs to practice. The state’s first training program was launched at Mississippi College ...

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Mississippi State to launch first public university physician assistant program

By BECKY GILLETTE The first physician assistant training program at a public university in Mississippi is scheduled to begin no later than January 2021. “The Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program, housed on Mississippi State University’s Riley Campus in Meridian, will prepare clinical practitioners to meet critical needs in rural healthcare,” said Sid Salter, chief communications officer for MSU. “The ...

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Fresh food making healthful meals also delicious has fueled growth for Newk’s Eatery

By BECKY GILLETTE Newk’s Eatery was founded in Jackson in 2004 making it only 15 years old. Today it is grown from one location to one of the most successful food franchises based in Mississippi with 127 locations in 16 states. The fast-casual restaurant has gained so many fans by providing fresh meals that are as healthful as they are ...

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First Amazon Academy event in U.S. scheduled Nov. 1 in Southaven

Amazon will host its first-ever Amazon Academy event in the U.S. Friday, Nov. 1 from 10 a.m. to noon at the DeSoto Center, Northwest Mississippi Community College, 5197 W.E. Ross Parkway West, Southaven. U.S. Sen. Roger F. Wicker and Nick Denissen, vice president, Amazon Small Business, are expected to be in attendance for the free event designed to provide an ...

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Shearwater Pottery still selling affordable art after 91 years

By BECKY GILLETTE A small business institution in Ocean Springs, Shearwater Pottery, has been drawing visitors from far and wide now for 91 years since it was founded by what might be considered the “first family” of Ocean Springs, the Andersons. The painter Walter Anderson earned considerable fame for his nature drawings and artwork such as decorating pottery and the ...

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Murky Waters is a clear success now operating in three South Mississippi locations

By BECKY GILLETTE Three guys who went to high school together, graduating from Long Beach High School in 2008, worked at restaurants from an early age. Now, the dynamic trio who are still not even 30 years old own and operate three Murky Waters Blues and BBQ restaurants, and were named Mississippi SBA Entrepreneurs of the Year for 2019. They ...

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Bank of Holly Springs the oldest bank in Mississippi and ‘as modern as the newest’

By BECKY GILLETTE The Bank of Holly Springs, the oldest continuously operating bank in the state, got its start in 1869 shortly after the end of the Civil War. “Holly Springs was more fortunate than some towns in that the town was not destroyed during the war,” said Steven Gresham, CEO of the Bank of Holly Springs. “Some contribute that ...

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Regions Bank: SBA loans have a number of distinct advantages

By BECKY GILLETTE One of the best methods for financing a new business or business expansion is an SBA loan. Many people, particularly those new to business, might not understand how many benefits there are to this option. “SBA loans benefit Mississippi small businesses by providing what are typically more flexible payment terms,” said Regions Bank Metro Jackson Market Executive ...

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Business interruption can spell doom without proper insurance

By BECKY GILLETTE What happens when you have to close your business for a period of time to have repairs done after insured events such as fire, water damage, theft, hail, a hurricane, a tornado or other disasters? Closing even for a few days can greatly disrupt income for the business that still has to pay its employees, the rent, ...

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