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The light is always on at LawyerSmack

» Messaging platform gives lawyers a place of their own By TED CARTER Most lawyers aren’t comfortable discussing their work in public. But that changes when they click on a place exclusively for them, LawyerSmack.com. “It’s their water cooler,” says Keith Lee, a Birmingham lawyer and self-confessed tech geek who created the messaging platform two years ago from non-proprietary software ...

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Document sifting gets welcome assist from e-discovery tools

By TED CARTER Lawyers deciding whether to take a case must figure-in discovery costs and the time and money expected to be spent on analyzing documents and other data. Fortunately for lawyers and the people and businesses that hire them, the arrival of the cloud and digital-discovery tools have made those costs much more manageable. Time spent immersed in documents ...

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Convenience stores expect boost from Mississippi lottery

By TED CARTER Mississippi’s convenience store operators have heard the cautions that some of the money customers previously spent on dish soap, soda and bread will be diverted to lottery tickets. But the prospect of making a nickel or more on each one-dollar ticket has the retailers saying, “Bring it on.” Philip Chamblee, head of the Mississippi Petroleum Marketers and ...

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Chasing smokestacks, fostering a creative economy – can Mississippi do both?

By TED CARTER Bill Rayburn Glenn McCullough Mississippi’s government leaders and economic development officials started this decade devoted to making innovation-based, or new economy, startup companies a bigger part of the state’s economic engine. How much they’ve actually contributed as the second decade of the  21st century nears its close depends on who is doing the talking. The assessment of ...

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Mississippi Angel Fund could become go-to-place for startups

By TED CARTER Tony Jeff Innovate Mississippi expects to boost investments in promising Mississippi startups through a regional angel-fund setup it says can make deals easier and more plentiful. Organizers of the Mississippi Angel Fund say they will invite the State of Mississippi to support the funds through tax credits or perhaps even through buying shares that would entitle it ...

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Trust says historic restorations bringing sustained economic dividends

By TED CARTER Three years ago, a John C. Stennis Institute of Government study concluded historic preservation in Mississippi does more than save old buildings. Saving the state’s past, the Mississippi State University-based institute said, carries the time-honored American virtue of making money. Specifically, each dollar of tax credits the state issues puts $2.45 into the pockets of workers and ...

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Clarksdale historic restorations providing room to create

By TED CARTER A $2.3 million transformation of a circa 1923 hotel in Clarksdale that once served as lodging for railroad conductors and engineers is a key cog in a plan to draw artists and other creative people downtown. Restoration of the historic Travelers Hotel on Third Street and transformation of the old Woolworth’s on Yazoo Avenue into residential lofts ...

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Where are the millennials of insurance? Ole Miss teams with industry executives to replenish ranks as boomers retire

By TED CARTER The prospect of calamities has kept insurance executives from sleeping easy since way back in the 1300s when enterprising Genoans began insuring ships and cargo. Nowadays, insurance execs are trying to head off a modern-day calamity of not having new blood to carry the industry forward as baby boomers retire from the field in droves. Their efforts ...

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A new product and new day for Tunica gaming

Sports betting gives Delta casinos an opportunity to regain lost business By Ted Carter Tunica County casino executive R. Scott Barber’s long wait for the light to change is almost over. Legalized sports betting is about to materialize in Mississippi and with it prospects for a change of fortune for the Delta’s gaming sector. Barber, Caesars Entertainment regional vice president, ...

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