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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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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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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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Flynt follows familiar path into telecom

Earlier this year, R. Mayo Flynt III was named president of AT&T Mississippi. If his last name sounds familiar, it should. His father, Roger Flynt, held the same position with AT&T Mississippi’s predecessor, BellSouth Mississippi, in the late 1980s. In his role as president of AT&T Mississippi, Mayo Flynt is responsible for all of the telecommunication company’s operations in the ...

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Jackson council passes incentives for downtown development

Is downtown development so different than large industrial projects such as the Nissan plant in Canton? In both cases, government incentives are being used to attract development and create jobs. The Jackson City Council recently approved two ordinances that waive building fees for downtown building projects that create at least 30 jobs and take up at least 100,000 square feet. ...

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