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Contractors are building against the elements

Everyone knows the winter months are not the best of times for the construction industry. Contractors have always had to adopt strategies to survive the cold weather months when construction activity wanes. This seasonal adjustment is in addition to the economic woes of recent years. However, construction association executives say their members are coping. Mike Pepper, executive director of the ...

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Retirement won’t stop Nations' legacy

Perry Nations, 75, a strong voice for the construction industry for more than 35 years, retired as executive director of Associated General Contractors on Dec. 31, 2012. Two days later, he took a new job as vice president of the Mississippi Construction Education Foundation. “I’m a workaholic,” Nations admits. “It is a challenge to come out here and try to ...

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MBA program returning to Hattiesburg

The next couple of years will be key to the University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Business, with the return of the MBA program to the Hattiesburg campus, the selection of a new dean and the opening of a new building to house its students, faculty and staff in Hattiesburg. Budget cuts in 2010 forced the suspension of Hattiesburg’s MBA ...

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MSU dean: Low expectations are the enemy

Education and economic development go together “hand in glove,” says Dr. Richard Blackbourn, dean of education at Mississippi State University. “Business and industry rely on a well-educated/trained workforce to succeed,” Blackbourn said. “Obviously, the willingness of business to locate in a community has a great impact on the local tax base. Of additional importance is the ability of business to ...

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Taking college courses online is becoming more popular in Mississippi and nationwide

As people around the world are increasingly connected by technology, universities are using the Internet to attract more students. Online courses — distance learning — are growing with a long list of offerings, and university officials say almost any course can be taught online. “I believe distance education is growing nationally,” said Michael K. Busby, Ph.D., manager of the Center ...

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Nurse practitioners fill void in state health care

The number of nurse practitioners is increasing in Mississippi. Their role in health care is also increasing as these highly trained nursing professionals are specializing and giving patients a higher level of care. According to Gayle Harrell, president of the Mississippi Nurses Association, there are 3,300 advanced practicing nurses and approximately 2,800 to 2,900 of those are nurse practitioners. “Most ...

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A game-changer in the game of life

Mississippi is once again at the forefront of cardiovascular medicine with the significant milestone of the country’s first drug eluting bioabsorbable vascular scaffold placed in the heart artery of a patient at the North Mississippi Medical Center Heart Institute in late December 2012. The device for opening blocked arteries to restore blood flow to the heart is similar to a ...

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Hospital helicopter transports are saving lives

Transporting critically ill or injured patients by helicopter from hospital to hospital or from the scene of an accident is commonplace in Mississippi’s urban centers and rural communities. Today about a dozen helicopters operate in Mississippi, flying heart transplant recipients, accident victims and premature babies to lifesaving care. The service is available throughout the state and the helicopters are based ...

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CREATE ‘about quality of life’

The 40-year-old nonprofit CREATE Foundation has experienced tremendous growth in the last eight years, when its assets more than doubled from $30 million to about $64.5 million at the end of 2012. Driving the growth is Toyota’s $50-million endowment as well as CREATE’s successful challenge grant matches in the 17-county region where the nonprofit is engaged. “It’s kind of phenomenal,” ...

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