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PHIL HARDWICK — How to keep your meetings flowing

Dear Phil: Your column about the role of business elicited quite a bit of commentary in our organization. Would you be kind enough to expound a little further and perhaps suggest a format for discussing the issue, especially at a staff meeting? Bob M., Ridgeland Dear Phil: Do you have any suggestions about productive staff meetings? We don’t want to ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Will there really be a “coming together” in Jackson this year?

In his inauguration speech new Gov. Tate Reeves promised, “This will be an administration for all Mississippi,” as reported by the Clarion-Ledger. “Governing is about coming together,” he said and proclaimed a new motto for his first term, “For. All. Mississippi.“ Faced with his first crisis as governor – prison rioting, deaths, and deplorable conditions – Reeves appeared to be ...

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UPDATE: Sun-n-Sand motel gets ‘stay’ of demolition

By JACK WEATHERLY The Mississippi Heritage Trust says it has gotten a “stay” of demolition of the Sun-n-Sand Motel in downtown Jackson. The historic structure was bought in early 2019 by the Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration, which has plans to raze the building and increase parking space for government workers. But the Heritage Trust rallied support for saving ...

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Medical ‘pot’ advocacy groups cite big upsides in Mississippi plan

By TED CARTER The wide-open nature of Medical Marijuana Campaign 2020’s model for a Mississippi medical marijuana sector gets a wrap-around hug from cannabis advocacy organizations and business groups. “We like so far what we see out of Mississippi,” said Erik Altieri, executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, or NORML. That affection comes from ...

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Medical cannabis could be opportunity for bankers – but a risky one

By TED CARTER Mississippi bankers can gain rewards in a medical marijuana market but risk a possible shift in U.S. Treasury Department policy that could harm their institutions. Any jeopardy posed by the 1970 Controlled Substance Act aside, the chief executive of leading U.S. legal cannabis payments provider CanPay expects at least one or more Mississippi community banks or credit ...

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Hodges set to scale the Parkinson mountain

» Climb will take on Mt. Everest to help raise awareness for Parkinson’s disease “Good things are done when men and mountains meet.” –  poet William Blake By NASH NUNNERY Adam Hodges has been scaling the world’s most iconic mountains for over 20 years. From Mt. Rainer (his first) in Washington state to Mt. Elbrus, Europe’s tallest peak, to Aconcagua, ...

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$100M Madison project may be opportunity for local builders

By JACK WEATHERLY The recently announced 17-acre project in the center of the city of Madison calls for a minimum of $100 million private component and a public component of unknown cost. The mixed-use project, of course, will enhance the tax base for the city, but it also may be an opportunity for local builders to benefit in the meantime. ...

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Moore wants to make positive impact

By NASH NUNNERY Tonya Moore embraces the KIS (not KISS) method in her life. “I like to ‘keep it simple’ but without the second ‘S’ (for stupid) in KISS,” she said, smiling. “I’m not a complicated person.” The current president of the Mississippi Nurses Association, Moore also serves as executive director of leadership and workforce development with the University of ...

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Banking Commissioner Corley will retire after three decades

By BECKY GILLETTE Banking Commissioner Charlotte Corley, Mississippi Department of Banking and Consumer Finance (DBCF), has seen many changes in banking over the past 34 years. At the end of January, she will be retiring and handing the reins to Deputy Commissioner Rhoshunda Kelly. Corley grew up in Gulfport where her father worked for Hancock Bank. In high school, she ...

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