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Analysis: Mississippi getting big turnover in state offices

No matter who wins this year’s elections, Mississippi will have its biggest turnover of state government officials in a long time. At least five of the eight statewide offices will have new occupants. Those are governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state and treasurer. That is a contrast to 2015, when all eight statewide officials — the three above, ...

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FRANK BROWN — Mississippi 100 about how we are doing as a state

It started as a routine call, one of many I make while researching the MBJ’s annual Mississippi 100, a ranking by revenue of the top private companies in the state. But after pleasantly updating his company data, Bob Dunlap, CEO of Dunlap & Kyle, Inc., in Batesville, flipped the script: “So, how is Mississippi doing this year?” he asked. I’ve ...

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ALAN TURNER — NEWK’S, one of the great Mississippi success stories

Since its founding in 2004, Newk’s has rapidly grown into a Mississippi institution, expanding into more than 120 operations in 16 states throughout the Southeast and Gulf Coast regions. The company employs more than 845 people in its corporate-owned locations, and looks ahead to a bright future. Recently, I talked with Madison Newcomb, Marketing Coordinator for Newk’s and daughter of ...

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TODD SMITH — LinkedIn boosts newsroom to 65 journalists

Dan Roth – editor-in-chief of LinkedIn – has a vision for making the social media powerhouse must read for news. It is Roth’s dream for LinkedIn’s 645 million members and for workers who have yet to use the site to turn to the site for news with their morning coffee. He envisions LinkedIn as the perfect “utility” for professionals. “LinkedIn ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Lieutenant governor race key for Republicans

The key election for Mississippi Republicans on November 5th is not the race for governor, rather it is the race for lieutenant governor. Two reasons. First, as we learned during Tate Reeves’ tenure, a strong lieutenant governor can command the agenda of state government. Second, Republican nominee Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann can turn the party’s focus back toward conservative problem ...

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REV. DAWN DOUGLAS FLOWERS — Supporting public schools is a faithful response

I am the product of the Mississippi public school system.  Both of my parents were public school teachers in Mississippi, and my husband currently works within the public school system in Mississippi.  My three children are receiving their education within our public schools, and my oldest has been in 3 different public school districts since she began kindergarten.  This is ...

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TODD SMITH — Tech companies tops in best global brand survey

Interbrand has released its Best Global Brands 2019 report (bestglobalbrands.com), the 20th edition of the world’s first brand valuation survey, showing that Apple, Google, and Amazon continue their success as the three most valuable brands worldwide. The report also uncovered that the luxury and retail industry is still the fastest growing sector. Taking into account Interbrand’s unparalleled wealth of 20 years of brand valuation data, ...

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JACK WEATHERLY: WW II Museum keeps story of fight for democracy airborne

NEW ORLEANS – Maybe one of the airborne B-24s shown in the films at The National World War II Museum was his. One hundred seventy-eight bombers left Benghazi, Libya, on Aug. 1, 1943 on a 1,200-mile flight to Ploesti, Romania. The B-24 Liberator crews flew at near treetop level to avoid radar, and dropped their payloads on the key Nazi ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — King of Id golden rule prevails in today’s culture

Which “golden rule” do you follow? The one from the Bible? “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets,” – Matthew 7: 12-14. Or the one attributed to the King of Id? “Whoever has the gold makes the rules!” – Wizard of Id cartoon published ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Art is in the eye of the beholder

M[/dropcap]y wife loves art museums. I love car shows. We agree that art can be found in both places. We also agree that car shows and auto-related events can be an excellent way to attract visitors to a community. Car shows and classic car events are growing in popularity.  No doubt that the Baby Boomer generation’s love for nostalgia is ...

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