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Flood insurance costs key factor in Coast recovery

Problems with insurance cost and availability have been identified as the number one barrier to the rebuilding of the Mississippi Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina. But while most private carriers are no longer writing wind coverage, leaving expensive insurance from the state’s Wind Pool underwriting association as the only option, rates for flood insurance have remained a bargain. However, some ...

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Turnaround success story for North Sunflower Med Center

Closure was imminent. Only a matter of days remained before the doors to North Sunflower Medical Center (NSMC) would shut tightly. And the last one out would turn out the lights. Ruleville would have been without a hospital and yet another Delta community would be left without intensive medical treatment. But those lights stayed on and the doors remained open. ...

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Four Seasons a family-owned car wash business like no other

When Lee Wheatley wanted to put a carwash in Madison, he knew it would have to be like no other carwash in the area. Madison’s strict building codes and high expectations meant that the business would have to blend in, yet stand out as superior to the norm. “We drove all over the country looking at carwashes, trying to gather ...

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New president takes over at BIPEC just as busy 2008 gets going

There’s been a leadership change at the Business and Industry Political Education Committee (BIPEC), but the services of this organization will continue in the same dependable way members expect and need. Vice president Van White is replacing retiring Richard Wilcox as president of the political research group founded in 1980. “After 40 years of keeping up with elections, I’m ready ...

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Pampered pooches right at home at Madison’s Chateau le Pooch

Pooches who are used to being pampered will feel right at home in Madison’s new Chateau le Pooch. “It’s the Ritz Carlton for dogs,” said Joni South, owner of the new facility that boards dogs and cats while their owners are away. South opened the pup motel with her husband, Bill Hutchinson, after her own dog had a bad boarding ...

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Business around Jackson picks up when pols in town

Mississippi legislators are coming back to the metro area and getting settled in as they look forward to a new session. The 2008 Regular Session of the Mississippi Legislature convenes at noon Tuesday, January 8. At that time, a flurry of receptions and dinners will begin, ensuring that legislators will be well fed. “Sometimes, there’s just too much food available,” ...

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Wicker pledges to open Coast office, continue recovery effort

In naming Rep. Roger Wicker to fill the unexpired U.S. Senate seat of Trent Lott, Gov. Haley Barbour said he wanted someone with a flat learning curve. Wicker has represented the state’s first congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1995, experience Barbour feels is important to assume Lott’s mantle and work on Capitol Hill. “In my lifetime, ...

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Bryant outlines legislative agenda

Soon after Mississippi voters gave the green light to State Auditor Phil Bryant to take over the top leadership spot in the Senate, the lieutenant governor-elect started lining up his 2008 agenda. The Mississippi Business Journal caught up with Bryant last month and asked him about several issues concerning the state’s business community. Mississippi Business Journal: Even though you and ...

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Among Hosemann’s SoS priorities, business court system

After running for U.S. Congress in 1998, serving the U.S. Electoral College in 2000 and chairing the Capital Foundation of the Mississippi Republican Party, Phelps Dunbar attorney Delbert Hosemann won the vote to take over for retiring Secretary of State Eric Clark in January 2008. Hosemann, who studied at Notre Dame, earned a law degree from Ole Miss and specialized ...

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