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Greater than ever: Toyota has high expectations for next-generation Corolla

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal BLUE SPRINGS • When Toyota Mississippi rolled out a “Blueprint”-colored Corolla amid smoke and flashing lights onto a stage Monday, the hundreds of guests and team members gathered to watch cheered heartily. The newest Corolla, the 12th-generation compact car that’s the entry level vehicle in the Toyota family, will be on dealership showrooms and ...

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Golden Manufacturing gets $18.2M uniform contract

GOLDEN • U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) announced that a Tishomingo County company has been awarded an $18.2 million contract to manufacture uniforms for the Defense Department. Golden Manufacturing Inc. in Golden was awarded the competitive contract from the Defense Logistics Agency to produce uniforms for the Army and Air Force. “Golden Manufacturing has a well-established record of producing quality ...

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JUSTIN KELLY — Portfolio Diversification 101: Why It’s Important To Diversify Your Investments

“Diversification” is probably one of the first terms you see whenever you read about strategies for smart investing. But are you clear on exactly what it means to have a diversified portfolio and why you should care? Diversification Defined Diversifying your investments simply means making sure all of your money isn’t in just one financial “basket”. Instead of investing in ...

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TODD SMITH — Writing mistakes, words & phrases to avoid for clearer communications

Bad writing can sink your brand and wreck your reputation! Professional writing coaches from across the country recently shared the biggest mistakes they encounter, and tips on how to avoid them with Fast Company. Writing inappropriately for the audience is a frequent pitfall, Wilma Davidson, author of the book “Business Writing: What Works, What Won’t,” said. Scolding readers or failing ...

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BRIAN ESTES — Three things to do ahead of the commercial real estate downturn

Much talk has been made over the past year as to the timing of a potential commercial real estate (CRE) downturn.  If there is any certainty in this industry is that the real estate market will make its cycle from recession to recovery and then eventually back to recessionary times.  Most investors may not agree to the timing, but all ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Hospitals closing and healthcare for working poor becoming campaign issues

“Half of Mississippi’s rural hospitals at risk of closing, report says,” read the startling headline in Mississippi Today. “Thirty-one of Mississippi’s 64 rural hospitals, or 48 percent, are at ‘high financial risk,’ according to a national report of rural hospitals from independent consulting firm Navigant,” read the article. Perhaps even more startling was this from an article in News Mississippi: ...

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TODD SMITH — U.S. Trust, Merrill Lynch brands ride into sunset post Bank of America Merger

Two of the most iconic names in banking are galloping into the sunset! Recently, Bank of America said it will gradually retire the U.S. Trust brand to become the Bank of America Private Bank. The move is part of CEO Brian Moynihan’s “one-company” strategy to more closely align the bank’s various businesses and branding. The company will also no longer ...

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PETER FUNT — Brian Williams earns his way back

Television’s most elegant and articulate anchor, who shepherds what is arguably the nation’s most informative nightly news program, continues to toil in relative obscurity. It’s not that viewership for Brian Williams’s 11 p.m. ET program on MSNBC is tiny; it reaches nearly two million people on an average night. It’s that the broadcast from which Williams was exiled four years ...

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Tupelo/Lee County ranked top 5 micropolitan again

TUPELO • For the 10th time since 2005, the Tupelo region has been recognized for its economic and business activity by a leading publication. The area was named by Site Selection magazine’s list of most active micropolitan areas for new and expanding industries in 2018. Tupelo ranked fifth in the nation among the 575-micropolitan areas designated by the U.S. Census ...

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Maddux named chair-elect of Butler Snow

Butler Snow has announced the election of Christopher R. Maddux to succeed Donald Clark, Jr. as chair effective Jan. 1, 2020. Clark has served as chair since 2006 and will continue in the role until the end of the year. “I am thrilled to welcome Chris as our next chair after an extensive search process by our nominating committee. He ...

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