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‘Tis the season for online shopping, but buyer beware at work

The holiday shopping season is in full swing. For many busy people that may mean shopping online at work in an effort to get it all done. Some employers may take a lenient stance as efficient, hardworking employees do a bit of online shopping during this stressful season. Still, employees should be aware of their employer’s policy regarding personal use ...

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Chamber’s annual event Wednesday at the Marriott

The Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership, formerly the MetroJackson Chamber of Commerce, will host its annual meeting on Wednesday at the Jackson Marriott. Randy James, chairman of the Partnership, announced that the keynote speaker for the banquet, sponsored by Chamber Plus Inc., will be the Hon. Robert Mosbacher. Mosbacher is chairman/CEO of Mosbacher Energy Company. In December 1988, President-elect H.W. Bush ...

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MTA conference showcases shift from muscle to mind power

Mississippi’s economy is shifting from muscle power to mind power at an unprecedented rate. That was the consensus from the Mississippi Technology Alliance’s (MTA) Eighth Annual Conference on High Technology held in late November. The technology conference was probably the most successful to date, said Heath Hall, vice president for external affairs and marketing for the MTA. “We were completely ...

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Training, technology helping banks thwart attempted check fraud

A word of caution: attempted check fraud doubled nationwide in 2006, according to a survey by the American Bankers Association (ABA), reaching an estimated $12.2 billion. The Mississippi Bankers Association (MBA) agrees this is a problem, but the good news is that banking systems have methods in place to thwart the would-be malfeasance, and the increase in the actual dollars ...

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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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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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