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Role of women in banking changing

By LYNN LOFTON Women have stepped from behind tellers’ cages as the role of women in banking is changing in what is considered a male dominated field. In banks across the state women bankers are leading and assuming more responsibilities. Two such examples are Mary Childs and Teresa Thornhill. Childs is CEO of the Peoples Bank of Ripley and last ...

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BankPlus adjusting with the times

By NASH NUNNERY In the so-called ‘new age’ of banking, the shift in attention to tech-focused content is a clear indication that bankers are taking technology more seriously than they ever have. Count long-time Chief Executive Officer William A. “Bill” Ray in that number. “To keep up with technology in banking today, you have to expose yourself to what’s out ...

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CPAs on firmer ground this year helping clients understand income tax laws

By BECKY GILLETTE The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) was the first major federal tax overhaul in over 30 years.  It affected taxpayers of all sizes—individuals, corporations, trusts, estates, and pass-through entities, said Blair J. Waggoner, CPA, tax senior manager, HORNE Wealth Strategies, Ridgeland. While it was enacted in December of 2017, the 2018 filing season was the first ...

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$2.5 million in sales on 1st day of Mississippi lottery

The Mississippi Lottery Corporation says people bought a total of $2.5 million in lottery tickets on the first day of sales. In a news release, lottery officials said that translates into $570,000 for the state. Tickets went on sale at 5 a.m. Monday. The tickets are available at nearly 1,200 retailers in 80 of the state’s 82 counties. The lottery’s president, Tom Shaheen, ...

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Trucker gets $3.4 million investment

Advantage Capital announces it has invested $3.375 million in Richland-based Capital City Trucking. This follows an initial investment bu Advantage Capital earlier in 2019, which allowed the freight company to triple its employee base and pursue significant growth opportunities, according to release from the investor. The latest round of funding will enable Capital City to upgrade its fleet, create additional ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Is Black Friday shopping ruining family-friendly Thanksgiving?

Happy Black Friday, er, I mean Thanksgiving. Yes, super shopping day Black Friday seems to be more top of the mind these days than family-friendly holiday Thanksgiving. Guess that’s just another example of how our lives have become much more transactional than relational.  “With maxims like ‘what’s in it for me’, ‘I’ll scratch your back if you scratch mine’, and ...

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BEN WILLIAMS — You only thought no man was above the law

The use of that misleading axiom “no man is above the law” should be restricted to political rallies and bars. Our Orwellian laws make some men (and women) more equal than others. The aspirational maxim may conjure an image of a blindfolded, toga-clad Lady Justice, holding antiquated scales in her right hand and a quick sword in her left.  That ...

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SIGN OF SHIFT: $35 million Canton apartment complex under construction in Madison county

By JACK WEATHERLY If one assumes that proximity to the Nissan plant with its 6,500 workers explains the $35 million, 600-unit apartment complex under construction, one would be wrong. Not so, says Hugh Jarratt, staff attorney for the management arm of Lindsey Construction Co. of Fayetteville, Ark. “The bulk of the renters will not be Nissan employees,” Jarratt said of ...

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GOOD TOWNS — Clarksdale, Mississippi

Home of the Delta Blues, this crossroad of cultures gave birth to a uniquely American sound By DOUG SEGREST » Spotlighting special towns across Mississippi, Good Towns, presented by Regions Bank, is about the character, the history, the people and the unique things that make a town a special place. The intersection of Highways 61 and 49 is where Robert ...

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TODD SMITH — Not milk? Largest brand buys the farm

Not Milk! With a nod to one of the greatest branding campaigns in the world – who can forget Got Milk! – our society has increasingly tossed the jug and opted for tea and soft drinks instead. This alarming trend recently led to the nation’s biggest milk producer filing for bankruptcy. Dean Foods blamed a decadelong drop in milk consumption ...

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