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New Tenax Aerospace president impressed with Mississippi

By SUSAN MARQUEZ In the heart of Madison, there is a company that takes great pride in designing and executing cost-effective, customize special mission aviation programs that are unmatched in their quality, performance and scale. Tenax Aerospace works with government agencies and the private sector to procure, modify, maintain and manage aircraft. “We don’t fly people,” says Jason Dean, Tenax ...

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Navistar Defense buys West Point Assembly Plant

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal Navistar Defense on Monday said it had acquired its assembly plant in West Point for an undisclosed amount. The company has leased the facility from Babcock and Wilcox since 2006. “The purchase of the assembly plant is a part of our strategic plan to grow our business,” said Ted Wright, Navistar Defense chief executive ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — What is the purpose of business

Last summer, The Business Roundtable, a nonprofit organization of CEO’s of major businesses, redefined its Statement on the Purpose of a Corporation to include stakeholders in addition to shareholders. The action has produced much discussion about the primary role of the corporation. To put it another way: What responsibility does business have to society? Nobel prize recipient Milton Friedman and ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Ignored problems don’t disappear, they become crises

Mississippi’s prison crisis is about to teach new legislators a hard lesson. “Prison brass warned of dangerous conditions a year ago, but lawmakers did not act,” read the headline in Mississippi Today following gang violence and deaths in Mississippi prisons. That was just the latest warning. In 2012, then Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) Commissioner Christopher Epps, now in prison ...

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Aviation museum taking shape on the coast

By LYNN LOFTON A long held dream for an aviation museum is taking shape on Pass Road in Gulfport with plans to open phase one this spring. The Mississippi Aviation Heritage Museum is under the auspices of the Brown Condor Association which honors the legacy of barrier-breaking pilot John C. Robinson.  Housed in a former furniture store owned by the ...

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Mississippi Coding Academies producing graduates whose talents are in big demand

By BECKY GILLETTE Far too many Americans end up with staggering amounts of college debt for a degree that might not allow them to find a good job. One in four Americans has student loan debt owing an average of $37,172. An alternative path is the Mississippi Coding Academies, a 501(c)(3) non-profit founded in 2017 that provides a free 11-month ...

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MISSISSIPPI PROFILES — Forman Watkins: A firm with solid roots in Mississippi

I had the opportunity to talk with Trey Watkins, a partner in the firm of Forman Watkins & Krutz LLC, and learn about what sets the firm apart. Watkins grew up in Jackson and it’s been his home for most of his life. Trey went to law school at Ole Miss, completing his education in 2001. After a couple of years serving ...

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Free legal aid helps clients, employers, the community and the economy

By BECKY GILLETTE The stock market has reached record highs, unemployment has remained low, and the U.S. economic outlook is considered to be very healthy. But with Mississippi having the highest percentage of people in the country living in poverty—about one in five—many people in the state still struggle to pay for basic necessities. When something unexpected comes up like ...

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Ole Miss law school honored for diversity

By LYNN LOFTON With a total enrollment of 412 and one third of those students of color, the University of Mississippi School of Law is dedicated to becoming more diversified and is pleased with a recent honor confirming that policy. It has been named a Best Regional Law School for Black Students in the third edition of the Black Student’s ...

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