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For Mississippi farmers … Cost uncertainties temper cheers for prospect of higher crop prices

A pair of Mississippi agriculture economists say 2012 crop winners should be soybeans, corn and — to a lesser degree — cotton. But don’t expect farmers are sleeping all that well as March arrives and planting choices must be made, said John Michael Riley, an agriculture economist with the Agricultural Extension Service at Mississippi State University. Corn, soybeans and cattle ...

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Q&A Thomas Gregory, chief administrative officer, City of Greenwood

Thomas Gregory, chief administrative officer, City of Greenwood Thomas Gregory is the chief administrative officer for the city of Greenwood and one of his home town’s biggest fans. Gregory earned an undergraduate degree from Mississippi State University in business administration and a master’s in city and regional planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His hobby is ...

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MARTIN WILLOUGHBY: Positive style pays off for Entergy's Fisackerly

Organizations face challenges daily. The key is how they respond. The leader’s role is crucial in setting the tone for the organization. Leadership guru Kevin Eikenberry noted, “Remember that whatever energy you bring to your work will be noticed and amplified. Your personal attitude is a huge part of the energy you inject into your team and organization.” A positive ...

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FORECLOSURE SETTLEMENT — AG concedes legislators likely to decide where $14.1M goes

Mississippi legislators will be the deciders in how to use a $14.2 million direct payment from a $25 billion national mortgage fraud settlement. Attorney General Jim Hood hopes legislators will allocate the money for such things as housing counseling, mortgage-education efforts and for programs to guide victimized homeowners through the settlement process. He concedes, however, it appears Mississippi lawmakers will ...

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THE WHOLE PACKAGE — Whole Foods in Jackson could mean renaissance for Eastover, Fondren and other neighborhoods

Not quite a year ago, the folks who operate Highland Village got a phone call that brought some very good news for the shopping center in Northeast Jackson. On the line were officials from Austin, Texas-based Whole Foods Market, which sits at the top of the A-list of health food grocers. Whole Foods had decided it was ready to enter ...

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CONSTRUCTION HIT THE BRAKES AFTER STRONG 2011 START — Dwindling backlog of work explains why quest for contracts is very competitive in Mississippi

A second quarter national construction surge that created an 8-month backlog of work fizzled out by the end of the year, an analysis by the chief economist for the national chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors shows. It’s news that the head of the Mississippi chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors expected to hear. With competition for contracts as ...

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USM FUNDRAISING FOR COLLEGE OF BUSINESS REACHES A MILESTONE — Gift from First Bancshares, parent of The First, puts effort over $8 million mark

A recent donation from First Bancshares Inc. put the University of Southern Mississippi over the $8 million mark in its quest to raise $10 million to cover its share of a new 90,000 square foot home for the College of Business. In addition, Southern Miss alumnus Chuck Scianna, a 1975 finance grad and Houston businessman, has issued a matching gift ...

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