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So you say you want to be an insurance agent?

By Tim Turner – contributor The nation’s healthcare reform will swell Mississippi’s insurance rolls in the coming years. Right now, there are 14,115 licensed insurance producers — they don’t call them agents anymore — in the state. And they are going to need some help accommodating the newly insured if folks are willing to go through the process of obtaining ...

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Flooded fields

Agriculture losses could approach $1B The anger and frustration was obvious in Doug Jeter’s voice. The Warren County farmer had spent the last week counting his losses while moving equipment to higher ground as the Mississippi River approaches an historic crest. He and colleagues moved his equipment to the North Washington Street area where they understood it would remain above ...

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Finding affordable health insurance

The Affordable Health Care Act is laden with provisions to help consumers with their insurance until 2014 By Tim Turner – contributor Michael Story can’t tell you what impact healthcare reform will have on the future of the insurance industry in Mississippi. All he knows is that because of measures it already has in place, he is assured of having ...

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THE BUSINESS OF FEAR

Vicksburg’s Washington Street retailers confront threats real and imagined Last week on Vicksburg’s Washington Street retail corridor, two different kinds of fears were taking hold. One sprung from lost business due to tourist fears about the coming Mississippi River flood, which is expected to be the worst since 1927. The other dealt with a more tangible threat – the River ...

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Smithville business people resolve to rebuild community

Damage assessment in Smithville was underway last week, after the state’s first confirmed EF-5 tornado in almost 50 years killed 15 people and destroyed a large portion of the town’s homes and businesses April 27. Statewide, the April 27 outbreak destroyed 41 businesses, and left 74 with major damage, according to numbers from Gov. Haley Barbour’s office. A lot of ...

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Voters to decide hotel tax to fund sportsplex

GREENVILLE — Washington County voters will be asked Nov. 2 to approve a 2 percent tax on hotels and motels to support construction of a multipurpose sports complex. The sportsplex would be located on 95 acres next to the Washington County Convention Center. Lawmakers approved the tax this year. County supervisors last week approved levying the tax pending voter approval. ...

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Cicada ‘invasion’ poses threat to trees across the state

Residents in Northeast Mississippi this spring are looking at some sleepless nights, and anyone with young hardwood trees on their property are almost certainly going to toss and turn. Entomologists are reporting the emergence of a brood of periodical cicadas. Unlike the more-familiar annual cicadas, periodical cicadas emerge every 13 years by the countless thousands, their buzzing calls filling the ...

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East Mississippi rail link gets a funding start

Study and design work on a rail link from Waynesboro to Lucedale is $100,000 closer to happening thanks to a $50,000 grant from the U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration. The grant is contingent upon the Rail Authority of East Mississippi providing matching funds in the form of cash and/or in-kind contributions. The Waynesboro-to-Lucedale rail link would complete East Mississippi’s ...

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