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Michael Rushing is lead conductor of MC community education mission

Dr. Michael Rushing is an assistant professor of music at Clinton’s Mississippi College, where he oversees the master’s degree in piano pedagogy and directs the college’s Taylor School. He was previously instructor of piano at Jones County Junior College in Ellisville. He taught at the Montessori School of Saint Andrews (preschool through sixth grade) and St. Peter’s Catholic School (second ...

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Rail Authority forges ahead in wake of grant rejection

The Rail Authority of East Mississippi has been eligible to receive money from the Multi-Modal Transportation Improvement Fund since July 1. Lawmakers changed the law last session. Previously, only publicly owned short line railroads were eligible for money from the fund. The Authority’s first application for a $250,000 planning and design grant from the fund was rejected. The new law ...

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ANALYSIS: Parties involved in nonpartisan races

Mississippi has nonpartisan judicial elections in name, if not in practice. Candidates for Supreme Court, Court of Appeals and other judicial posts run without party labels — Democrat, Republican or other. But that doesn’t stop political parties or other interest groups from getting involved in the campaigns by spending money, making endorsements, Tweeting or sending people door-to-door to chat and ...

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UKC Winter Classic poised to pump $2M into Batesville

For the past 25 years, the United Kennel Club has held its Winter Classic raccoon hunt in Albany, Ga. That changes in January, when Batesville will host the event. An animal generally considered a nuisance could generate a lot of revenue for Batesville and Panola County. An analysis of the event’s finances performed two years ago found that it had ...

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State home sales improving but still a buyer’s market

While there is still no doubt it is a buyer’s market, Mississippi Association of Realtors (MAR) representatives from Jackson, the Coast and Northwest Mississippi report that home sales are improving and prices seem to be stabilizing. Home sales on the Coast are up so far this year from 2011. “Our last month tabulated was June and the Gulf Coast Multiple ...

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Southern Bath Products attract customer senses with affordable natural products

Ever noticed that the longer the list of ingredients on a personal care product, the higher the price? And that the higher price and long list of unpronounceable names of chemicals doesn’t mean the product will actually perform as advertised? That was the experience of Southern Bath Products owner Kim Thornton, who was looking for a moisturizer that would do ...

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Ownership transition is back to the future

Before we get too far down the road of proclaiming Journal Inc. as the second coming of newspaper ownership, let’s not discount The Dolan Company for what it has done for the Mississippi Business Journal. Having said that, there is no one more excited about the recent happenings in which Tupelo-based Journal Inc. announced it acquired the assets of Mississippi ...

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Journal Inc. has history of region building with quality journalism

One of the oldest companies in Mississippi, the Northeast Mississippi media company Journal Inc., is unique in that it has had no layoffs during the recession. The Journal, which publishes the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal in Tupelo and 20 weekly newspapers (including the Mississippi Business Journal), is unique in that it is owned by the nonprofit CREATE Foundation — which ...

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Mississippi's Journal Inc. buys the MBJ

JACKSON — Tupelo-based Journal Inc. has announced it has acquired the assets of Mississippi Business Journal, the state’s leading business publication, from Minnesota-based The Dolan Company. Journal Inc. CEO/President/Publisher Clay Foster announced the completion of the deal this week to the leadership and staff of the Mississippi Business Journal. “We are excited to welcome the MBJ as the newest team ...

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Contractors dispute claim of shoddy work at Kemper

Since late March, the projected cost of Mississippi Power Co.’s Kemper County coal plant has gone from $2.4 billion to $2.8 billion. The latest figure is the cap the Mississippi Public Service Commission imposed on the project. David Newell, president of the Central Mississippi Building and Construction Trades Council, said he isn’t surprised. In an interview last week, Newell said ...

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