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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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TOM PURCELL — Why ‘springing forward’ takes my dad weeks

Nobody dreads daylight saving time more than my father. He has his work cut out for him this coming weekend, when we “spring forward” by setting clocks ahead by an hour before going to bed Saturday night. You see, my mother loves clocks – so much that he has 14 clocks to reset. There are clocks in both guest bedrooms. ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: The new Republican reality: Debt, debt, and more debt

“The national debt has passed a new milestone, topping $22 trillion for the first time,” reported the Associated Press. “The Treasury Department’s daily statement showed Tuesday that total outstanding public debt stands at $22.01 trillion. It stood at $19.95 trillion when President Donald Trump took office on Jan. 20, 2017.” “It looks like a $9 trillion time bomb is ready ...

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Newk’s co-founder Lori Newcomb dies

  Newk’s Eatery has shared the passing of Lori Newcomb, Co-founder of Newk’s Cares and wife to CEO and Founder of Newk’s Eatery, Chris Newcomb. Lori was diagnosed with Stage IIIC ovarian cancer after her 43rd birthday in February of 2013. For six years, she fought a brave battle. In 2014, Lori established Newk’s Cares, the philanthropic arm of Newk’s Eatery. ...

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Forbes to speak at Delta State on Monday

Delta State’s Spring 2019 Colloquia Distinguished Speakers Lecture Series will feature Steve Forbes, the publishing magnate and two-time candidate for the Republican nomination for U.S. president. His talk, “In Money We Trust? The American Dollar and Your Everyday Life,” takes place on Monday, March 4, at 6 PM in the Jobe Hall auditorium on the Delta State campus. The event ...

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