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Mississippians watching current Farm Bill deals with keen interest

The new Farm Bill currently being debated by Congress is being closely watched by Mississippi agriculture interests because the outcome will have a major impact not just on the farming community, but the state’s overall economy. Production agriculture is a very important part of Mississippi economy. “And the Farm Bill has a lot of relevance for production agriculture,” said Dr. ...

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Black Friday kicked off holiday shopping season around the state

The year’s busiest retail season was kicked off with a bang Thanksgiving weekend, according to some shopping centers around the state. Extended shopping hours, discounts and prizes lured customers to spend for the upcoming holidays. Sales figures from a sample of stores at Turtle Creek Mall in Hattiesburg are up slightly from the same weekend last year. “It’s what we ...

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SU grad developing a formula for personal branding built on PASSION

“Get a brand or die a generic” is the blunt advice Jackson State University (JSU) alum Michael D. Brown delivers to college students and others across the country. The speaker, trainer and author spoke to student leaders at his alma mater last week with that message. He says his philosophy is resonating with students because they, like others, are finding ...

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Mistletoe Marketplace success leads to store opening

First cousins Alexandra Wilkes and Leslie Decker had heard the question what seemed like a million times. They would handcraft their jewelry and showcase it every year about this time at Mistletoe Marketplace, the Christmas shopping extravaganza held at the Mississippi Trade Mart. Almost without fail, a customer would make a purchase and before leaving would ask the two, “Where’s ...

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Residential real estate markets mixed bag around the Delta

Jeff Brown and his family spent a warm Saturday afternoon recently tearing out cabinets in their new Greenwood home. The home is actually not new, but it is new to the Browns, who bought it to move into town. In spite of having to remove 40-year-old cabinetry to make way for a complete kitchen makeover, Brown admits his purchase in ...

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Stauffer’s latest tech offering continues successful series

When Apple released the pioneering iMac in the late 1990s, Todd Stauffer found a problem. The new computer from the innovative Cupertino, Calif. company offered a plethora of exciting features and functions, so many, in fact, that users could become bewildered and perhaps not use the machine to its fullest potential. So, Stauffer approached publisher McGraw-Hill with the idea of ...

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State’s horse industry growing, pumping millions into economy

Those involved with horses agree the industry is growing in Mississippi and has yet to reach its full economic potential. Horse shows and membership in breed associations are increasing. Many counties now have multi-purpose facilities where horse shows are held, bringing visitors and their pocketbooks to the state. One four-year school, Mississippi College (MC), now has the state’s only women’s ...

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Money does grow on trees

It may be the most widely awaited fall product, even more popular than the November arrival of Beaujolais nouveau wine from France. Pecan season is here and, despite dire predictions of crop-destroying drought, the nuts are actually in decent supply for consumers who depend on them to make Thanksgiving and other holiday dishes and treats complete. However, Mississippi pickers, buyers ...

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Lott’s departure setting the stage for a free-for-all

Stunned. That was the reaction of many Mississippi politicos concerning Sen. Trent Lott’s surprise resignation announcement November 26. What would prompt him to give up the powerful No. 2 Republican post in the Senate, especially on Monday following Thanksgiving? A few business folks mused the move by Lott, who was re-elected to a fourth Senate term and elected by his ...

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Harrah’s Tunica casinos take lead on going green

Green is not just the color of money at three casinos in Tunica. It’s also the color of a new recycling and conservation program at Harrah’s Entertainment Mid-South Region’s Tunica properties, Grand, Horseshoe and Sheraton casinos. Recently kicked off by Harrah’s 400-strong Green Team members, company leaders expect the effort to divert 150 to 200 tons of waste per month ...

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