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TODD SMITH — Tech companies tops in best global brand survey

Interbrand has released its Best Global Brands 2019 report (bestglobalbrands.com), the 20th edition of the world’s first brand valuation survey, showing that Apple, Google, and Amazon continue their success as the three most valuable brands worldwide. The report also uncovered that the luxury and retail industry is still the fastest growing sector. Taking into account Interbrand’s unparalleled wealth of 20 years of brand valuation data, ...

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Shearwater Pottery still selling affordable art after 91 years

By BECKY GILLETTE A small business institution in Ocean Springs, Shearwater Pottery, has been drawing visitors from far and wide now for 91 years since it was founded by what might be considered the “first family” of Ocean Springs, the Andersons. The painter Walter Anderson earned considerable fame for his nature drawings and artwork such as decorating pottery and the ...

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Murky Waters is a clear success now operating in three South Mississippi locations

By BECKY GILLETTE Three guys who went to high school together, graduating from Long Beach High School in 2008, worked at restaurants from an early age. Now, the dynamic trio who are still not even 30 years old own and operate three Murky Waters Blues and BBQ restaurants, and were named Mississippi SBA Entrepreneurs of the Year for 2019. They ...

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JACK WEATHERLY: WW II Museum keeps story of fight for democracy airborne

NEW ORLEANS – Maybe one of the airborne B-24s shown in the films at The National World War II Museum was his. One hundred seventy-eight bombers left Benghazi, Libya, on Aug. 1, 1943 on a 1,200-mile flight to Ploesti, Romania. The B-24 Liberator crews flew at near treetop level to avoid radar, and dropped their payloads on the key Nazi ...

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Bank of Holly Springs the oldest bank in Mississippi and ‘as modern as the newest’

By BECKY GILLETTE The Bank of Holly Springs, the oldest continuously operating bank in the state, got its start in 1869 shortly after the end of the Civil War. “Holly Springs was more fortunate than some towns in that the town was not destroyed during the war,” said Steven Gresham, CEO of the Bank of Holly Springs. “Some contribute that ...

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Regions Bank: SBA loans have a number of distinct advantages

By BECKY GILLETTE One of the best methods for financing a new business or business expansion is an SBA loan. Many people, particularly those new to business, might not understand how many benefits there are to this option. “SBA loans benefit Mississippi small businesses by providing what are typically more flexible payment terms,” said Regions Bank Metro Jackson Market Executive ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — King of Id golden rule prevails in today’s culture

Which “golden rule” do you follow? The one from the Bible? “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets,” – Matthew 7: 12-14. Or the one attributed to the King of Id? “Whoever has the gold makes the rules!” – Wizard of Id cartoon published ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Art is in the eye of the beholder

M[/dropcap]y wife loves art museums. I love car shows. We agree that art can be found in both places. We also agree that car shows and auto-related events can be an excellent way to attract visitors to a community. Car shows and classic car events are growing in popularity.  No doubt that the Baby Boomer generation’s love for nostalgia is ...

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Continental celebrates completion of plant

Continental AG tires rolled out one of its first tires made at its plant near Clinton on Wednesday and the Germany-based company rolled out the red carpet for state and local officials and selected guests to celebrate the completion of the construction of the facility. The construction process began in 2016. Approximately 300 guests joined 250 Continental employees for the ...

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