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Gulf Coast reaching for fiber optic ring

By LISA MONTI State and local officials are working to improve access to ultra-high-speed Internet service to residents, businesses and educational institutions along the Coast. Backers say a redundant and public fiber optic ring will help the coastal cities and counties  catch up with other cities and regions of the country and be more competitive in education, healthcare public safety and ...

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Social media policy at work protects employer

By LISA MONTI Social media in the workplace are 1) A necessity to stay competitive 2) An important internal communication and recruiting tool 3) A minefield. The answer is 4) All of the above. Social media use is fraught with pitfalls: employees wasting company time, revealing company secrets, spreading computer viruses and unsavory comments about the boss or fellow employees, the ...

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It might be obvious but do not bring your grenades — Travel tips from TSA

By LISA MONTI The Transportation Security Administration wants to remind you that if you’re flying during the busy holiday season, please leave your guns, grenades and martial arts tools at home. No, really. TSA already this year has collected 400 pounds of prohibited items that passengers brought to the security checkpoint at Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, and officials expect to collect more ...

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Law firm cutting ties with paper, storage

By LISA MONTI Paperwork is an occupational hazard for lawyers, whether they’re jotting down notes on those iconic legal pads or creating case files that grow thicker with each appeal and motion. In a shift away from paper and toward electronic documents, Baker Donelson this year launched a pilot program named PaperLite in its Jackson office. Though the law firm has ...

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Ammo maker developing lighter rounds for special ops

By LISA MONTI Ammunition makers have been trying for 50 years or more to develop bullets that are lighter to carry and transport than the conventional brass encased ones. Until recently, though, the right material to replace the brass hadn’t been invented. When the owners of Mississippi Polymer Technologies in south Mississippi took on the challenge to produce lighter ammo, they ...

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Clinton landscape architect Chris Hoffman advances the industry both statewide and nationally

By LISA MONTI  Landscape architecture is so much more than plants. The profession incorporates  science and art among other disciplines to conceive and design such projects as college campuses, public parks, golf courses, historic preservation and restoration, urban transportation corridors, residential and commercial sites and many others. And like other professions, including medicine, landscape architects in every state must earn ...

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Legal whiskey to flow in Kiln community

By LISA MONTI Matt Crittenden’s goal is to start making craft whiskey next year on the family farm in the Kiln community. When the liquor starts to flow, it will be the first legal whiskey produced in an area once known as a moonshine capital. Crittenden, who has a law degree, has had a lifelong fascination with local bootlegging and the ...

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Independent Coast pharmacy expansion built on customer care and those little extras

By LISA MONTI Independent pharmacist Rudy Letellier seems to have found the right customer service formula to expand business: earn the customer’s trust, provide attentive service and offer facials, massages and ice cream. He’s gone from one busy pharmacy in Waveland to adding a second and third location in Hancock County just this year. After graduating from Ole Miss, Letellier worked ...

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