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Television stations see more advertising for local races

It’s an election year and that means more political advertising revenue for television stations. Even without a hotly contested governor’s race, stations from Tupelo to the Coast report a good year for sales. The difference is more political advertising in local races, a phenomena that hasn’t always been the case in election years. Advertising among local candidates has also included ...

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Furniture Market mixed bag

Bob Loftis and his son-in-law Reggie Davis arrived in Tupelo August 21. The owner of Muskogee, Okla.-based Bob Loftis Furniture wanted to be in town for the “unofficial” opening of the Tupelo Furniture Market the next morning. They were, and it still took until Saturday afternoon, the eve of the market’s closing, to complete their buying, the kind of buyer ...

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Negative political campaigns: ultimate love-hate relationships?

During the recent statewide primary elections, negative political ads and tactics were well represented. The Charlie Ross/Phil Bryant and Gary Anderson/George Dale campaigns, in particular, were more than just negative — they were often vicious and personal. Experts in political campaigning say the public should expect negative campaigning to ratchet up during the upcoming state general election and the presidential ...

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Jamie Franks readies for a showdown

When news initially spread that Democrat Jamie Franks was making a run for the state’s No. 2 leadership post, political pundits agreed he was a long shot. They agree he’s still considered an underdog in the race against state auditor Phil Bryant in the November 6 general election, but is gaining momentum with good-ol’-boy looks and cerebral verbal sparring. After ...

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Tupelo vs. Las Vegas in battle for furniture trade show biz

A pile of large, discarded cardboard boxes grew just outside the exhibition space occupied by BG Industries. Owner Billy Bob Hunt and helper Paul Citrano stacked the boxes removed from the furniture they unpacked and placed for the opening of the fall Tupelo Furniture Market (TFM), still almost a week away. “This is my sixth market here,” says Hunt, whose ...

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Growing demand leads to new 769 area code overlay

For some time now, the Mississippi Public Service Commission has been monitoring the decreasing availability of phone numbers that utilize the “601” area code for Central Mississippi. “We’ve changed the way we communicate in our society,” says Vicky Helfrich, director of communications for the Public Utility Staff. Hers is a separate agency that works closely with the Public Service Commission ...

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Top review scores for two CPA firms in Mississippi

Two Mississippi companies that conduct accounting for public companies received the best score possible when their work was reviewed recently by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) set up by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. No deficiencies were found in PCAOB audits of the public accounting work done by Shearer, Taylor & Co., P.A., Ridgeland, and T.E. Lott & Co., in ...

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Courtney Farms makes successful transition from fruit stand

When Courtney Farms opened an upscale open air market on U.S. 90 in Ocean Springs eight years ago, it quickly became a popular place for people to buy fresh fruits, vegetables and gourmet food items. The problem was, it could be a very seasonable business. In the spring, fall and early summer, Courtney Farms did great. The Courtneys used the ...

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Minimum wage hike affects small numbers in Mississippi

Although some Mississippians are earning more money as a result of last month’s increase in the federal minimum wage, that number is not large. According to Marianne Hill, senior economist with the Institutions of Higher Learning, only 2.6% or 17,000 workers (out of a total of 658,000 hourly workers) in the state were paid at or below the minimum wage ...

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