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TODD SMITH — The Spin Cycle heads to SXSW in Austin, Texas

The Spin Cycle – always on the lookout for innovative thought that drives the branding industry – rolled into Texas for the annual South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conferences & Festivals, soaking up the latest in emerging marketing technologies. Stay tuned for a full report from the event in next week’s Spin Cycle. SXSW offers the […] [...]

Gulfport woman accused in identity theft of hospice patient

GULFPORT — Police say a Gulfport woman is accused of using a hospice patient’s identity to set up an account for cable services. Gulfport police Sgt. Damon McDaniel tells The Sun Herald 37-year-old Melissa Nicole Suttles was arrested Tuesday after identifying her as the one who used a woman’s personal information without her permission. McDaniel […] [...]

JEFFREY GITOMER: Face-to-face networking is still the key to connections

How important is face-to-face networking to sales, relationships, career, and success? I asked my commercial insurance agent, John Cantrell, to give me a synopsis of his networking strategies. John has been a friend, client, and vendor for the past 22 years. Here are two important facts about John: 1. His insurance business has exploded with […] [...]

Former Mississippi tax preparer pleads guilty in theft case

by Published: March 11,2015

Tags: Business, Gulf Coast, Mississippi, NEWS, tax, Ukisha Carter

GULFPORT — A former Mississippi income tax preparer has pleaded guilty to theft of government funds for using people’s names and Social Security numbers to obtain $18,345. The Sun Herald reports 34-year-old Ukisha Lashay Carter is set for sentencing April 29. She’s facing a maximum prison term of three years and a fine of up […] [...]

Kenny Glavan selected as Biloxi’s acting mayor

BILOXI — The Biloxi City Council unanimously accepted the resignation of Mayor A.J. Holloway and selected council President Kenny Glavan as acting mayor. Even before Tuesday’s meeting began, The Sun Herald reports Councilwoman Dixie Newman became the first council member to announce she will run in the election to fill Holloway’s unexpired term. Felix Gines, […] [...]

Mississippi woman accused in prescription pill conspiracy

GULFPORT — A federal grand jury has indicted a South Mississippi woman on a charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances outside the scope of a medical practice. The Sun Herald reports Patricia Maria Leavens is accused of conspiring to distribute and dispense the prescription painkiller hydrocodone and anti-anxiety drug Xanax […] [...]

BILL CRAWFORD: Leadership crumbling along with highways and bridges

“Somebody’s going to be killed,” Central District Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall stressed to the Clarion-Ledger, pointing to a study that shows Mississippi has 2,275 structurally deficient bridges. “That’s what’s going to happen.”   The huge tax cut wind howling out of the State Capitol just flicked his spittle back at him. » READ MORE — MDOT […] [...]

DeSoto Co. school district recommended for reaccreditation

by Published: March 6,2015

Tags: Business, Common Core, DeSoto County, education, Mississippi, NEWS

HERNANDO — The DeSoto County school system has been recommended for reaccreditation for five years following a three-day, on-site review process by an international accrediting organization. The Commercial Appeal reports AdvancED gave an exit report to school board members this week following its seven-member team’s review. Lead evaluator Steve Oborn offered a glowing review of […] [...]

JOSH MABUS: Make it in Mississippi

Mississippi has a storied history when it comes to making something new, creative and world renowned. I’m always talking about how innovative Mississippians are, especially when traveling out of state. I think there is just something in the water here. Or maybe like William Faulkner said, it’s because, “to understand the world you must first […] [...]

BILL CRAWFORD: Gunn steals tax cut spotlight

by Published: March 4,2015

Tags: Business, Mississippi, NEWS, Phillip Gunn, Politics, tax

For the past several years Gov. Phil Bryant has pushed hard for the Legislature to adopt a rational budget process called “performance-based budgeting.”   No doubt this rational approach to budgeting – budgeting includes both revenues and expenses – led the Governor to put forward his reasonable request for a tax cut. He proposed an […] [...]

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