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JACK WEATHERLY — ‘Portis experience’ ready to meet you where you are

“I hear you had the Charles Portis experience,” my colleague at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette said. I had had a chance meeting with the famous writer at a west Little Rock book store. And I may have still looked a bit starstruck. I introduced myself to Portis, told him I was a fan and had worked with one of his brothers ...

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TODD SMITH — Consumer distrust drives digital marketing

Continued consumer skepticism is fueling new trends in digital marketing, and reshaping the strategies to reach an ever-evolving public with fresh ideas to boost awareness and drive brand engagement. Here are the key drivers in our new digital world, according to Marketing Land. 1. As consumer skepticism grows, affiliates will play an even more vital role in the marketing mix. ...

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Mississippi Entrepreneurship Forum set for April 2-3 in Vicksburg

The 2020 Mississippi Entrepreneurship Forum, which brings together leading entrepreneurs, economic developers, innovators and future business owners to learn more about the entrepreneurial climate and the future of entrepreneurship in Mississippi, will take place April 2-3 at the Vicksburg Convention Center. For the first time, the MEF will host a student business pitch competition on April 2. The competition is ...

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Gulf Coast transplant finds ‘dream’ work at Stennis Space Center

Dorothy Brown readily acknowledges that she loves a challenge. The fact that she is continuing to build on a two-decade career of work at Stennis Space Center is clear evidence of her determination to overcome. Twenty years ago, Brown was married and newly arrived to the Mississippi Gulf Coast area, looking for a place to work. She was quickly told ...

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Stennis Space Center provides perfect fit for space-focused scientist

Lauren Underwood was a long way from her native North Caldwell, New Jersey, residing on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, when her two children were born. To make friends, she joined a baby group, and one of the moms in the group was married to a NASA employee at Stennis Space Center. Underwood was thrilled to learn this fact, since she ...

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Halter Marine plans $10 million expansion, creation of 100 jobs

ST Engineering Halter Marine and Offshore Inc., a ship maintenance and repair company, is expanding in Pascagoula. The project is a $10 million corporate investment and will create 100 jobs. The expansion will enable the company to perform commercial repair work for larger ships and oil platforms that require greater size and lifting capacity. It is adding dock space and ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Johari Window a useful tool for business

We judge ourselves by our intentions; others by their actions. — Anonymous The Johari Window is a useful tool for businesses, nonprofit organizations, and communities to examine their self-awareness. It can reveal what employees, management, customers and stakeholders perceive about the organization. So you’ve never heard of the Johari Window?  Most business people haven’t because it comes from the psychology ...

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Analysis: Legislators approaching busy part of 2020 session

Mississippi lawmakers have had a slow start to their four-month session, but the pace is about to quicken as committees start debating bills dealing with the criminal justice system and other issues. March 3 is the first big deadline. That’s the last day for House and Senate committees to either pass or kill the first round of general bills filed ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Mississippi ignores conservative way to tax

As you lurch over another crevice in your favorite rural highway, here are some facts you can use to dull your senses. That apparently works for our state leaders. Mississippi has the third lowest gas tax rate among the 50 states. The lowest is Alaska at 14.4 cents per gallon. Second is Missouri at 17.4 cents. Then comes Mississippi at ...

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Mississippi gave $2M in welfare money to wrestler’s group

The state of Mississippi gave more than $2.1 million in federal welfare money to a ministry run by former pro wrestler Ted DiBiase Sr., who was known in the ring as “The Million Dollar Man.” DiBiase is the father of a man recently indicted on charges of embezzling federal welfare money from the state. Ted DiBiase Sr. himself hasn’t been ...

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