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Picking up the pace: Starkville-based NBC now Cadence

Starkville — Changing geographic boundaries and expanding product/service offerings have caused many banks to reassess the value of long-standing names. This past week, the former National Bank of Commerce did just that as it unveiled its new Cadence Bank name and brand, which will allow the Starkville-based bank to operate under one single identity throughout its markets. “We’re changing the ...

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Word-of-mouth advertising pays off for Morris & Son

Jackson — It doesn’t seem like 27 years since Richard Morris opened his auto repair shop, but now as he begins to contemplate turning the business over in a few years to his son, he’s comfortable with this plan. “I want to leave it with someone I trust that knows how to talk with customers,” Richard, 57, said of his ...

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Former teacher melds athletics, art to promote teamwork

Tupelo — As a former teacher, Sydney Darnell knows the importance of teamwork and respect in achieving goals. As an athletic person and as someone who appreciates artistic accomplishment, she also recognizes the self-confidence that emerges from achievement in those areas. As a wife and mother, she understands the importance of balance and perspective. In launching GO Creative Athletics and ...

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Bars that remain doing a booming business on Coast

It can be depressing. Seeing so many neighbors, friends and relatives lose their homes, their businesses, their vehicles. While things are slowly returning to what passes for “new normal” after Hurricane Katrina, people are looking for a way to get out and have fun. Many of the Coast’s most popular nightclubs were located in beachfront areas destroyed by the storm. ...

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After the session, casinos expedite rebuilding plans

Gaming companies can now expedite plans to rebuild the Mississippi Gulf Coast casino industry. Early in the nine-day hurricane recovery special session that began September 27, Mississippi lawmakers approved an onshore casino bill that allowed casinos to move inland 800 feet, but a technicality concerning the tidelands issue was not resolved until October 7. “I was happy with the outcome,” ...

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SeverCorr plant moving forward in Lowndes County

Columbus — Mississippi politicos breathed a sigh of relief when SeverCorr broke ground on the new Columbus steel mill earlier this month after the steelmaker experienced hiccups in structuring the $880-million project. Longtime steel industry executive John Correnti is building the 1.2-million-square-foot mill, scheduled to open in summer 2007. “I guess there’s a silver lining because it took so long ...

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Sheldon Laboratory Systems eyes higher profile

Crystal Springs — Considering that it has been around for more than a century and counts customers all over the world, Sheldon Laboratory Systems is a relatively unknown here in the Magnolia State. But the company that manufactures laboratory casework and technical equipment for the school, college, industrial and healthcare markets has put a renewed emphasis on marketing, and looks ...

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