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Walk-on’s will take the field in Ridgeland

By JACK WEATHERLY Walk-ons are known for their enthusiasm. They are not scholarship players. They have to scrap and hustle just to make the squad. Rudy Ruettiger was a legendary walk-on for the Notre Dame football team. A movie bearing his first name made him a legend. Brandon Landry and Jack Warner brought that kind of enthusiasm as walk-ons on ...

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Williams does work around the world promoting soil health and grassfed animal production

By BECKY GILLETTE STARKVILLE — Before a recent interview for this article, Dr. Allen Williams had already answered emails from people in a dozen different countries. “And that happens every day,” said Williams, a sixth-generation farmer who is a partner in one of the largest grassfed protein operations in the country, Joyce Farms Inc., and a founding partner of Soil ...

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Grassfed animal production can be a way to save the family farm

By BECKY GILLETTE Many grassfed animal producers turned to that production method because of evidence that it is healthier for the environment, the animals and people. But another big factor is cost. It can be less costly than purchasing or even growing the grains. Dr. Allen Williams, who is a partner in one of the largest grassfed animal production companies ...

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Delta farmers would benefit having sustainable agriculture

By NASH NUNNERY The bumper sticker on Daniel Doyle’s vehicle perfectly defines his philosophy on sustainable agriculture. “Think before you eat,” it reads. Doyle, a current board member and former director of the non-profit Mississippi Sustainable Agriculture Network, is a passionate advocate for the organic farming movement.  A Massachusetts native who attended graduate school at the University of Mississippi, Doyle ...

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Baptist DeSoto employs unique physician collaboration to improve cardiac outcomes while reducing costs

By BECKY GILLETTE SOUTHAVEN — Some people might perceive that a bigger hospital is a better hospital. But in the case of Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto, advantages have been found allowing the hospital that serves a large surrounding rural area to engage in a unique physician collaboration targeted towards improving health outcomes while reducing costs for cardiac care. “DeSoto is almost ...

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Nurse Practitioners filling the state’s gap in health care

By LYNN LOFTON Here’s another grim statistic for Mississippi — out of 50 states and the District of Columbia, we’re number 51 in health care. Nurse practitioners believe they are playing a vital role in the state’s health care and want to help lift us from the bottom. The Mississippi Association of Nurse Practitioners (MSANP) has a goal to change ...

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Opportunity Zone credits touted as benefit from purchasing five historic downtown Hattiesburg properties

By BECKY GILLETTE In what is being described as a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” five historic downtown Hattiesburg properties owned by CR Properties were available with a call for offers on the buildings being accepted until Dec. 5. The advantage of having so many buildings for sale at once allows buyers a rare opportunity to purchase the historic office and multifamily assets ...

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Entergy offers solutions for cold months ahead

By LYNN LOFTON With chilly days ahead followed by a long, hot summer, there are ways to help your home or business increase energy efficiency. Entergy Mississippi’s Entergy Solutions programs are available for residential, small business, commercial, industrial and governmental customers. Residential programs are open for all residential customers on an ongoing basis and the company begins taking applications for ...

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LAW ELEVATED: 1.2 million reasons to protect your business or practice

» Orthopedic Group settlement provides 1.2M reasons for health-care providers to ensure fraud & abuse law compliance A recent health-care fraud investigation and settlement demonstrates three important reminders for health care providers: 1. The federal government is serious about its commitment to holding providers accountable under fraud and abuse laws. 2. The government’s enforcement efforts include not only large hospital ...

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MISSISSIPPI PROFILES — Jones Walker focused on clients

I had an opportunity to visit with Aileen Thomas, a partner with Jones Walker, and learn about one of Mississippi’s (and the nation’s) top law firms. Thomas was born in Australia, but came to the United States as a young girl and grew up in Mississippi, attending Belhaven University and the Mississippi College School of Law, where graduated in 1995. ...

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