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Row crops dealt with challenging weather in 2019

By JACK WEATHERLY Mississippi’s major row crops this year have dealt with challenging weather conditions – primarily heavy rains that prevented or delayed planting, only to be followed by heavy precipitation in October. Cotton has not fared well. The cotton harvest is a little bit behind, according to Dr. Will Maples, agricultural economist at Mississippi State University. Maples said last week ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Campaign season yields some interesting results

As Thanksgiving looms one thing we can all be thankful for is that Mississippi political campaigns are over and done. No more negative ads. No more recorded telephone calls. No more yard signs decorating every open space on major thruways. The just ended campaign season did have some interesting results, though. Republicans in January will take over all statewide offices. ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — On the road with Jim Dees as the mountain comes to Livingston

Jim Dees is sporting his regulation Hawaiian shirt, with a black undershirt to ward off the night chill and mist, as he prepares to hold forth as host of the Thacker Mountain Radio Hour. He sits on the first row as he reads over his notes and chats with the night’s literary and musical guests. The house band, The Yalobushwhackers, ...

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TODD SMITH — Popeyes beefs up chicken sandwich relaunch

More than two months after Popeyes stopped serving its globally popular fried chicken sandwich, the fast food chain officially relaunched the sandwich last Sunday, Nov.3. In sizzlin’ PR fashion, it picked a special day – National Sandwich Day – to boost already high consumer expectations for the poultry sensation’s rebirth! While it was a fitting day to relaunch the long-awaited ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Replacement reserves applies to everyone

Several years ago, an acquaintance purchased an apartment complex near the downtown area. It was built 20 years earlier at a time when it was the place to be for renters who worked downtown. He was a successful medical professional, and the apartment complex was his first investment. He remarked that he got a good deal, which was important to ...

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Expedition Point receives final approval to begin development

By LYNN LOFTON A new waterfront community in the metro Jackson area, Expedition Point, will move forward now that final approval has been received from the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District. Managing partners Frank Perkins and Mark Frascogna are working with civil engineers and other public agencies to begin work on the land. “I’m happy to say that the ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Chaos looming for Mississippi government?

And you thought the IHL Board hiring of the new Chancellor at Ole Miss was chaotic? You know. The board, as usual, set up a search process including a campus advisory committee and a national search consultant. They accepted resumes and screened applicants. They announced a list of finalists, scheduled campus visits, and held initial interviews. Then, seemingly at a ...

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FRANK BROWN — Mississippi 100 about how we are doing as a state

It started as a routine call, one of many I make while researching the MBJ’s annual Mississippi 100, a ranking by revenue of the top private companies in the state. But after pleasantly updating his company data, Bob Dunlap, CEO of Dunlap & Kyle, Inc., in Batesville, flipped the script: “So, how is Mississippi doing this year?” he asked. I’ve ...

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SUPER SIX — Mississippi’s companies offer an array of services

By LYNN LOFTON The top six companies — the Super Six — on the list of Mississippi’s Top 100 private companies are a diverse group. The sectors represented include petroleum refining and distributing, banking, construction, tire services and insurance. The top six are Ergon, BancPlus Corporation/BankPlus, the Yates Companyies, Southern Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance, Southern Tire Mart and Southern Farm ...

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