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BILL CRAWFORD: More than Presidents Day has morphed into the mundane

Established in 1885 on February 22nd to venerate George Washington’s birthday, Presidents Day in 1971 was moved to the third Monday in February to accommodate three-day weekends for federal employees. It then morphed into a celebration of all presidents. Today it has morphed again into just another day when the Post Office and banks are closed. Much else our nation ...

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No Trump brand, but 4-star Cleveland hotel will open in fall

By JACK WEATHERLY In case you missed it, Trump Hotels announced last Thursday that it was parting ways with a Mississippi hotel chain with which it had planned to open a four-star lodging in Cleveland. Chawla Hotels Inc., headed by brothers Suresh and Dinesh Chawla, were working toward adding what they were calling the Lyric to their chain of 18 ...

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Phyllis Polk Johnson named MBJ’s Business Woman of the Year

Phyllis Polk Johnson, executive director of the Mississippi Board of Nursing, was named Mississippi’s Business Woman of the Year for 2018 Thursday by the Mississippi Business Journal. Johnson was joined by 10 finalists and 39 other honorees at an event at the Old Capitol Inn in Downtown Jackson. At the Mississippi Board of Nursing, Johnson is responsible for the oversight of ...

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“Sweet Valentine” — Nandy’s Candy a staple for love and chocolate in Mississippi

By JACK WEATHERLY Valentine’s is just what America needs, as Nancy King sees it. Her shop, Nandy’s Candy, has been around for nearly 40 years and seen social and political change. “Our country seems to be divided about everything,” she says ensconced in her tiny office. “Valentine’s gives you a break. Who can argue politics or anything else with love.” ...

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BRIAN ESTES — Preferred investment property types of high net-worth investors

In my last article, published in January, I addressed why high net-worth investors (HNWIs) should allocate to commercial real estate (CRE) as opposed to other alternative asset classes.  Those reasons included were: preservation of wealth; cash flow; appreciation; tax purposes and estate planning.  Although I went into detail in each of these reasons I didn’t touch on the types of ...

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MISSISSIPPI PROFILES — Ascentium Healthcare Resources committed to supporting rural healthcare providers in Mississippi

  I recently had a conversation with Brian Enis, COO of Ascentium Healthcare Resources, based in Magee. Officially founded in early 2018, Ascentium’s primary focus is in supporting the challenging billing and collections effort for rural hospitals, medical groups, and clinics. Given the challenges in American health care today, and most especially for rural health care, the work that Ascentium does ...

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Cantina Laredo will close Feb. 25

By JACK WEATHERLY Cantina Laredo will close on Feb. 25, to be replaced with an independent restaurant concept that will open later this year, according to the District at Eastover. The Mexican-fare restaurant opened in late July of 2017. The new restaurant will be owned and operated by MH Ventures of Jackson, the restaurant group behind Fine & Dandy, which ...

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Coast seeks next generation of professionals

By LISA MONTI The low cost of living on the Mississippi Gulf Coast along with upgrades in some downtown districts give the coastal counties a big advantage in attracting a new generation of professionals. That’s one of the key takeaways from a new analysis commissioned by the Gulf Coast Business Council to find out how the Mississippi coast stacks up ...

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